Ford is pulling out all the stops to make sure the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is as good as it can be. The Dearborn Truck Plant has been retooled to make way for aluminum body and bed production for the new pickup. The era of aluminum begins.
Ford added 500 new robots and (more importantly) 850 new workers across the three production facilities in Dearborn.
Ford is investing heavily into all aspects of production. Most of the stations along the 4.2 mile long assembly line have updated. There is new “dirt detection” technology in the F-150 paint shop to improve the quality even further.
When the second plant in Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri joins Dearborn Rouge in the first quarter of next year, the two combined will have capacity to produce 700,000 F-150s for consumption in 90 markets around the world. That’s a lot of trucks, but then the F-150 is the most popular vehicle in America and one is sold every 41 seconds (on average).
Ford says that 250,000 potential customers already built and priced a unique 2015 F-150 on their website.
The new truck will start arriving in dealerships in December.
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Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.