|[March 07, 2014]
Ford to Move Production of All-New 2016 F-650/F-750 Medium-Duty Trucks from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant in Early 2015
AVON LAKE, Ohio --(Business Wire)--
Ford today announced production of its all-new 2016 F-650 and F-750
medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant
starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015.
As part of the production shift, Ford is investing $168 million to
retool the Cleveland-area plant for the new medium-duty trucks. Ohio
Assembly Plant, which opened in 1974, currently produces the Ford
E-Series lineup of vans and other commercial vehicles.
Ford E-Series cargo and passenger van production will end later this
year, while E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis will continue to
be built in Ohio through most of the decade. Replacing E-Series vans is
the all-new 2015 Ford Transit that starts production this spring at
Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.
"Shifting production of the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks
to Ohio Assembly Plant helps secure a solid future for the dedicated
workers at this facility," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The
Americas. "Building these trucks in-house will utilize our expertise
from our other tough truck and commercial vehicle lines to give our
customers a better product at a competitive price."
The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining
agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011. Ford's
announcement today confirms the company is moving forward with the plan
for Ohio Assembly Plant.
"We are extremely pleased that the dedicated, highly skilled and highly
motivated UAW members of Ohio Assembly Plant have been selected to build
the next-generation Ford F-650 and F-750," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice
president and director of the National Ford Department.
"We're confident our outstanding work force will build these Ford
medium-duty trucks to the highest levels of quality, reliability,
dependability and craftsmanship - the factors that matter most to the
demanding, hard-working owners of these vehicles."
The 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 will set a new standard for commercial
work as the toughest, most work-ready, best value Ford medium-duty
Anchoring Ford's commercial truck range - America's best-selling,
broadest lineup of commercial trucks for 29 years - the new F-650 and
F-750 will deiver an impressive combination of commercial-grade
quality, capability and convenience. This now includes segment-exclusive
Ford gasoline and diesel engines, outstanding performance at an
affordable price, and comfortable, modern interiors.
Several upgrades to the F-650 and F-750 were announced this week at the
National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis,
Upgraded, versatile engine choices
Newly available is the second-generation Ford-built and proven 6.7-liter
Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel. The engine is paired with a
commercial-grade six-speed 6R140 automatic transmission with available
power takeoff provision to run accessories in the field, a dump body,
crane and other vocational equipment.
Ford remains the only automaker to offer a gasoline engine for
medium-duty trucks. The 6.8-liter V10 is available for both F-650 and
F-750 models with the 6R140 six-speed automatic transmission. This
engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas
or liquid propane gas as cost-effective alternatives to unleaded
Built Ford Tough testing to ensure durability
Grueling Built Ford Tough testing simulates the demands Ford customers
will subject the truck to throughout its lifetime.
Testing for F-650 and F-750 includes the industry's first robotic test
driving program. The robotically driven trucks are expected to
repeatedly perform tests on torturous surfaces that can compress 10
years of daily driving abuse into courses just a few hundred yards long.
Surfaces include broken concrete, cobblestones, metal grates, rough
gravel, mud pits and oversized speed bumps.
By controlling every aspect of development in-house - from design to
manufacturing to service - Ford can offer F-650 and F-750 customers
exceptional value, convenience and cost of ownership.
To keep work trucks on the road and in the field longer, a network of
more than 3,000 Ford commercial truck and retail service dealers is
ready to tackle any service need with minimized travel time and extended
The 2016 F-650 and F-750 make prepping for medium-duty jobs easier than
ever. Auxiliary components such as the diesel exhaust fluid tank and
standard fuel tank are now located under the cab instead of behind it on
the frame. This cleaner, cab-to-axle design satisfies more truck body
applications, and makes customizing easier, which helps reduce the
customer's final costs and time to delivery.
More information regarding the all-new 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750
medium-duty trucks can be found here.
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