Ford Plans Two Subf150 Pickups

Ford is working on two new, smaller-than-F-150 pickup trucks, one based on the F-Series and the other a replacement for the aged Ranger compact, which has remained unchanged save for facelifts since the 1998 model year. The smaller F-150 is codenamed P525 and may be badged F-100, the name of the F-150's predecessor from the 1950s. At one point, P525 and the Ranger replacement were competing proposals, but with growing need for higher-fuel-mileage trucks, both projects will become reality in...

Ford F150 Xl

THE XL TRIM LEVEL isn't specifically called a work-truck model, but it is understood to be the worker of the line and represents 20 percent of overall F-150 sales. The F-150 is all-new for 2009, but the XL (base price 21,790) remains the entry-level workhorse of the bunch. It comes on regular cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew F-150s, with a 6.5-foot styleside or flareside box or 8.0-foot styleside behind the regular cab, a 6.5-foot box behind the SuperCab, or a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed with the...

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VIEW THE COMPLETE SELECTION AI SSS The stage is set. After one of the most challenging sales years in recent memory, at a time when being an American automaker is like wearing a bull's-eye on your back and the housing and construction markets are described by some optimistic experts as bleak, this is the time when Ford, Chevy, and Dodge have to sell big, hea y-duty pickups. CI earl)', the lighter-duty Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram garnered a lot of attention last year (at least until the roof came...

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ON THE COVER Enter the first of the heavy-duty pickup truck players While the Dodge Ram HD sports a new look inside and out, the real deal may be what hasn't changed. Dodge says, This isn't really an all-new truck for us. Getting past its new interior and skin, we've taken a proven chassis and given it some better turning and modified a few pieces. Story begins on page 18. TABLE OF CONTENTS For the first time in 30 years, Africa did not feature in the Dakar race. Last year's event had to be...