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Aluminum-bodied truck recognized for 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team.
Ford Motor Company announced that the 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognized the truck in its New Car Assessment Program, emphasizing the 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team and awarding it a five-star Overall Vehicle Score.
“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”
F-150’s improved performance is enabled by up to a 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame, high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy in the body, and smart engineering.
A cross-functional group comprised of Ford truck product development veterans and researchers worked to precisely optimize vehicle weight savings and manufacturing design to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and crashworthiness. The team created and patented new structures, materials and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories.
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