Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ford Smart Mobility Tour Kicks Off


The Ford Smart Mobility Experience  visits five cities – Louisville, Orlando, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles -- this summer and fall. Company leaders will share Ford’s Smart Mobility Plan which is our plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.  The tour also showcases the company’s driver assist technologies that help improve the driving experience. Participants will get the chance to experience  the company’s current semi-autonomous and driver assist technologies including active park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping aid and Pro Trailer Backup Assist as well as SYNC 3, Ford’s all-new communications and entertainment system.
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Camera Technology Helps Drivers See Around Corners; Next Super Duty to Offer Ford’s Most Advanced Cameras Yet


  •     New split-view camera debuts on new Ford Edge and Explorer in the United States and China, helping customers see obstacles coming around corners
  •     Next Ford Super Duty to feature the company’s most advanced camera technology yet – up to seven cameras and all-new digital architecture – helping customers see more angles around a truck and trailer than ever before
  •     Ford plans to make rear-view cameras standard on all its North American light passenger vehicles by 2018 and front cameras available on a majority of its vehicles globally by volume by 2020
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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 23, 2015 – Ford is introducing new vehicle camera technology that can help see around corners even when drivers cannot, aiding in reducing driver stress and potentially averting accidents.

The new available split-view camera feature helps drivers see traffic and obstacles that enter the vehicle’s path from the side by displaying a 180-degree view of the area in front of or behind a vehicle. It is the latest example of how Ford is using camera technology to help make driving easier.

Split view uses real-time video feeds from 1-megapixel wide-angle lens cameras in the grille and tailgate. A tri-panel display in the 8-inch screen helps customers understand quickly whether an obstacle is coming from either side or straight on. Split view is activated at the touch of a button and automatically shuts off when vehicle speed reaches 6.2 mph (10 kph).

Ford introduced split view on the 2015 Ford Edge and 2016 Explorer in the United States and China. Front split view is offered on Edge. Front and rear split view comes standard in the United States on the 2016 Explorer Limited on sale now and Explorer Platinum, on sale soon. Front split view is coming to the all-new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in Europe, available to order now. Split view will be offered on nearly all Ford SUVs globally by 2020.

A tiny telescopic jet washer keeps the front camera clean on every vehicle with split view. Explorer also incorporates a washer for the rear camera.

More cameras rolling out across Ford lineup
Ford plans to make rear-view cameras standard on all of its North American light passenger vehicles by 2018 – and front cameras available on a majority of its vehicles globally by volume by 2020 – meaning the company plans to put more than 2 million new cameras a year on the road.

Ford introduced rear-view cameras in the 2007 Expedition and now offers an available backup camera in every Ford car, SUV and light truck in North America. Backup cameras are standard in Focus, Fusion, Explorer, Escape, Edge and Mustang.

Next Super Duty to feature Ford’s most advanced camera tech yet
Ford announced today the next Ford Super Duty will offer the company’s most advanced camera technology, helping with lane-keeping assistance and enabling customers to see more angles around a truck and trailer than ever before.

The next Super Duty is featuring up to seven cameras and all-new digital architecture, making Ford an industry leader in advanced camera technology and helping customers better maneuver alone and in tight spots.

The 2016 F-150 has up to five cameras available, the most of any vehicle in the Ford lineup. Four cameras in F-150 are mounted in the outside mirrors, and rear and front of the vehicle to enable a 360-degree view and backup view functions.

A forward-looking camera mounted behind the rearview mirror is used to activate auto high beams and lane-keeping assist, which looks for lane deviations. The driver never sees the image from this camera, but the vehicle’s computer uses the visual signal to operate the rest of the system.

Camera technology also is a key enabler in Pro Trailer Backup Assist available on the 2016 F-150, which helps a customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels.

Dynamic Hitch Assist is another F-150 feature that uses cameras. It provides a center sight line in the display that helps the driver properly line up the truck to the trailer to hitch up.

Ford cameras are tested under extreme conditions – beyond what they will endure during a typical vehicle lifetime. Each camera component is subjected to more than 1,000 hours of testing to make sure it can withstand temperature changes, humidity, dust, salt and more. Ford engineers also immerse cameras to confirm the casing does not let water leak in.

Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 194,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Helping Fleets with Rousch CleanTech Propane Autogas



Todd Mouw of Roush Cleantech talks with Joe Hughes of the National Ford Truck Club about Roush's success in expanding their propane autogas expertise into larger trucks that serve larger fleet companies helping them to save a lot of money in fuel costs and at the same time being better on the environment. See more about these products and services at http://www.roushcleantech.com/Rousch CleanTech

Friday, August 21, 2015

ROUSH Now Retrofitting Ford Medium-Duty Trucks



Medium-duty vehicle fleets seeking to switch to propane autogas now have another option available: Following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in January, ROUSH CleanTech has been certified to convert 2012-2015 model-year Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8L V-8 engine to run on propane autogas to operate in all 50 states.


This retrofitting option will allow emissions-minded fleets with recent model-year Ford medium-duty vehicles to switch to propane autogas in a more cost-effective way, since they won’t have to purchase a new propane-autogas-equipped truck to replace their existing vehicle with a lot of life left, according to Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing at ROUSH CleanTech.

“The fact that these medium-duty vehicles have a heavier GVWR naturally decreases the mpg, so that means, over the chassis’ lifecycle, there is significantly more fuel burned. Our ability to retrofit these used trucks with our liquid propane technology will allow them to significantly reduce fuel and maintenance costs over the remaining life of these units,” Mouw said.

Since its establishment in 2010, ROUSH CleanTech has offered propane-autogas-powered Ford trucks and vans in a variety of packages, including full-size vehicles, cutaways, and chassis cabs.
Benefitting from Propane

There are a number of financial benefits to using a propane-autogas system compared to traditional gasoline or diesel, according to Mouw:

Fuel cost savings: Propane autogas costs less than gasoline or diesel, and fleets can save from 15 to 20 cents per mile by using propane autogas, Mouw said.

Maintenance cost savings: Propane-autogas vehicles do not require after-treatment systems, eliminating the need for diesel exhaust fluid, and Ford’s 6.8L V-8 engine is designed to last over 250,000 miles when properly maintained, according to Mouw.

Vehicle-lifetime cost savings: “It’s tough to provide an exact number, but, if a fleet keeps the propane-autogas vehicle for 200,000 miles and saves 15 cents per mile, the savings would equate to $30,000 in gross savings over the life of the vehicle. That is at today’s fuel prices, with diesel being under $3 per gallon. All of the experts predict it will head back to at least $3.75 per gallon over the next few years, which would equate to even greater savings,” Mouw said.

Additional incentives: A number of states offer financial incentives for alternative-fuel vehicle usage, such as tax credits and lower vehicle registration fees.Retrofitting in Action
Retrofitting in Action

ROUSH CleanTech — a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM)-certified alternative-fuel vehicle manufacturer — can install its propane-autogas kit in customers’ vehicles either at ROUSH’s facility in Livonia, Mich., or at a Ford-approved QVM installation facility. Or, ROUSH technicians can be sent out to the customer’s location to install the system onsite.

“We design, develop, manufacture, and produce the final kit, and that kit consists of all of the propane-autogas components, including fuel rails, injectors, fuel lines, the tank, and the calibration so that it runs efficiently on propane autogas,” Mouw said.

ROUSH CleanTech also offers customers the option of installing an onsite propane-autogas fueling station.

And, ROUSH CleanTech technicians train the customer’s technicians on providing service and maintenance for a propane-autogas-powered vehicle, as well as train the customer’s drivers on how to properly drive and fuel the vehicle.

“We’ve got Web-based training that walks the technicians and the service managers through propane-autogas basics, propane-autogas safety, how to diagnose a problem, how our fuel system integrates into the vehicle, and who to call to get a service part,” Mouw said. “Once the vehicles are on the ground, we actually send our technicians in to train the customer’s technicians or their service partner.”

Source: http://www.worktruckonline.com/article/story/2015/07/getting-the-retrofitting-green-light.aspx?utm_campaign=Weekly-&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How Air Curtains on F-150 Help Reduce Aerodynamic Drag and Aid Fuel Efficiency


  •     New air curtain technology that guides airflow across the front wheels to reduce wind turbulence helps make the all-new F-150 the most aerodynamically efficient F-150 ever
  •     Horizontal slots underneath the headlamps channel air from the front of the truck through ducting to openings in the wheel wells – directing it across the outer surface of the wheel and tire
  •     Distinctive Built Ford Tough style of all-new F-150 pushes boundaries of bold design while increasing aerodynamic efficiency over the previous model
DEARBORN, Mich., July 15, 2015 – The 2015 Ford F-150 is the most aerodynamically efficient F-150 ever, thanks in part to new aero curtains that reduce wind drag by guiding airflow across the front wheels.

Air curtain technology, which first debuted on the all-new Ford Mustang, allows air to flow through a vent underneath the headlamps and out around the wheel. Side-by-side animations show how airflow is smoother at the front wheel and down the side of the truck with the air curtain, versus without it.

By optimizing the aerodynamic design of F-150, Ford designers and engineers reduced drag to help F-150 deliver a best-in-class gasoline EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine.1 

Using air to manage airflow

“With the new F-150, an extensive amount of time was spent running aerodynamic simulations and doing wind tunnel tests,” said Rob Lietz, Ford technical expert in applied computational fluid dynamics. “Major advances in our computational fluid dynamics capability let us quickly see how we could improve airflow while maintaining the tough truck looks expected from F-150.”

It’s not obvious to the eye, but rotating wheels are a major source of drag. Enclosing the wheels in skirts to smooth the flow isn’t necessarily practical or attractive – especially on a vehicle as hardworking as F-150. So Lietz and team adopted a different approach.

Horizontal slots underneath the headlamps channel air from the front of the truck through ducting to openings in the wheel wells – directing it across the outer surface of the wheel and tire. The wall of high-speed air works much like a skirt to reduce drag, while still leaving the alloy wheels fully exposed.

Other F-150 aerodynamic efficiency improvements include:
  •     Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
  •     Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off – reducing turbulence behind the truck
  •     Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
  •     Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly – reducing turbulence behind the truck
  •     Duct under headlamp channels air through to the wheelhousing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel
The result of the work of Ford engineers and designers is another incremental improvement in aerodynamics that helps F-150 earn its position as the most fuel-efficient gasoline pickup in the light-duty truck segment.

12015 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 4x2 model tested for EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary. Class is full-size pickups under 8500 pounds GVWR.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 194,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Caseco Lube & Mechanics Truck New Features



Don Freeman, Vice-President of Business Development at Caseco talks with Joe Hughes, of the National Ford Truck Club about some of the changes and features of the Caseco lube and mechanics bodies. See much more about Caseco at http://www.casecotruck.com

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Utilimaster Shows Off the New Velocity Delivery Truck



Joe Hughes, President of the National Ford Truck Club gets a tour of a new product from Utilimaster by John Marshall, vice-president of sales & marketing. This new model named Velocity, will be available in the near future and is a lightweight body with unique features that delivery drivers are going to love.

See more about the Velocity and other products from Utilimaster at http://www.utilimaster.com

Thursday, August 6, 2015

New F-150 Raptor Wraps Up Initial Desert Durability Testing


DEARBORN, Mich., July 7, 2015 – The 2017 F-150 Raptor – Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable off-road truck ever – recently completed more than 1,000 miles of testing in the southwestern United States.

Over 1,028 miles of desert trail designed to parallel the Baja race course in Mexico, the 66-mile route featured a wide range of surfaces including fast sandy washes, deep-rutted silt beds, steep climbs in deep sand, and slow meticulous crawls through tight trenches. The truck topped speeds of 100 mph in places, slowing to 10 mph in others, for an average speed of approximately 50 mph. The 2017 Raptor is 25 percent faster than the current truck based on lap times.

At the end of each lap, the new Raptor completed a tabletop jump consisting of a steep ramp up to a two-foot plateau, then a step-off back to level ground. The vehicles tested were early build prototypes made from a mix of 2015 F-150 and 2017 F-150 Raptor components.

As is the case with all Built Ford Tough trucks, Ford engineers pushed the new Raptor harder in a few days than it will be pushed over the lifetime of a typical vehicle – far exceeding what an owner would do on the trail.

Testing of the next Raptor, first revealed earlier this year, continues into 2016. The 2017 F-150 Raptor goes on sale in fall 2016.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 194,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Knapheide + Sortimo - A PARTNERSHIP AT IT'S BEST.


Sortimo by Knapheide is a strategic partnership between Sortimo International, a global leader in mobile racking products and The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the nation’s leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions. This partnership is focused on storage systems especially for commercial vans...our product is called EXXPAND.

Knapheide Manufacturing

Since 1848 Knapheide has provided its customers with high quality, work ready transportation solutions. The Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its beginning over 165 years ago. Today, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Knapheide’s main manufacturing facility is located in Quincy, Illinois and is over 480,000 square feet. This facility is highly automated and has the most technologically advanced equipment and processes in the industry. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service Bodies, KUV Bodies, Platform Bodies, Gooseneck Bodies, Dump Bodies, Forestry Bodies, Pick Up Accessories, Mechanics Trucks, Water Trucks, and Fuel/Lube Trucks. Knapheide’s vast distribution system includes 200+ distributors strategically located throughout North America. The ability to evolve into new technology, processes, and products has made Knapheide the leader in the industry and allowed the company to move into new markets to better serve our distributors, fleet customers and end users.
Sortimo International

Headquartered in Zusmarshausen, Germany Sortimo International has more than 40 years of experience in the in-vehicle equipment industry. Located in Bavaria, Sortimo International offers van racking solutions for all light commercial vehicles and has become a leader in van racking solutions of the automotive industry in terms of organization, safety and future-oriented concepts. Sortimo International works with materials of the highest quality that  are extremely resilient and long lasting. Well thought out ergonomics and the best level of passive safety are further factors which distinguish Sortimo products. With strength in innovation, Sortimo International has a solid position in the market and is a technological leader in van storage solutions.