Ford Cuts F150 Choices

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When the '09 F-150s hit showrooms in October, prospective buyers won't have as many option packages to choose from. But it's not a bad thing. According to Automotive News, the complexity of the options and packages available for the '08 F-150s meant that buyers could order the trucks in literally billions (with a "b") of combinations. Responding to input from dealers, Ford eliminated some options and combined certain others into parts groups to make the '09 F-trucks available in just millions of variations. Chances are good you'll never notice the difference, but it helps Ford streamline manufacturing, lowers the cost of engineering all these iterations, and reduces the chance of an oddball truck—one with a weird combo of options—landing on a dealer's lot and sitting, unsold, for months.

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