2009 F-150 Safety

NEW 2009 FORD F-150: MOST CAPABLE

DETROIT, Jan., 13, 2008 – The new Ford F-150 remains the most
capable full-size pickup on the market and for 2009 further builds its
capability by strengthening the frame while making it lighter,
improving horsepower, boosting fuel economy, adding more usable
interior space to the SuperCrew models and offering even more standard
safety features.

“Capability is currency for many F-150 customers,” said Mike
Crowley, Ford Truck and SUV group marketing manager. “That’s why our
team has been working so hard to deliver the most capable trucks for
our customers, right down to the new F-150’s laser-edge welds that are
five times stronger than other trucks’ traditional spot welds. F-150
owners need to know that whether they use these trucks on the job site
– or for play – they’re truly ‘Built Ford Tough.’ ”

Improved Chassis Helps Get the Job Done More Efficiently

The new 2009 Ford F-150 features a fully boxed frame constructed
from hydro formed high-strength steel side rails – and cross members
that pass through the frame rails – for increased durability and
safety.

The high-strength steel does double duty, providing about 10 percent
more torsional rigidity, enabling engineers to finely tune chassis
components, while also contributing to a 100-pound weight reduction
versus the current F-150.

“The new, improved chassis helps deliver additional payload and
towing capacity as well as improved fuel economy, which we know is top
of mind especially for truck customers,” said Matt O’Leary, chief
engineer of the new 2009 F-150. “At the same time, we’ve improved the
new F-150’s driving dynamics, delivering a truck that’s consistently
sure-footed in all driving situations and load conditions, regardless
of the weather.”

F-150’s double wishbone short- and long-arm front suspension with
coil over shocks shares components with the 2008 Expedition, although
it has been further refined for the F-150. Double ball joint links
allow for more precise steering inputs.

The Hotchkiss-designed rear suspension mounts the rear shock
absorbers outboard of the frame rails for a smoother ride and improved
body control. The revised suspension features 6-inch-longer leaf
springs. The springs are extended forward to provide better lateral
compliance and refined rear axle steer characteristics.

The FX4 features an Electronic Locking Differential axle designed
for true off-road performance. There is also a special 17-inch LT tire
available to further enhance off-road capability. All 4×4 trucks offer
a choice of manual or electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive
systems.

The F-150’s four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) not only
improves braking performance but provides the necessary foundation for
enabling technologies like AdvanceTrac® with RSC® and the integrated
trailer brake controller. A large brake booster and master cylinder
offer more responsive braking with a better pedal feel and less noise
and vibration.

Size Matters, F-150 Delivers

In addition to improved payload and towing capacity, the new 2009
F-150 SuperCrew offers more usable space for moving people and gear –
thanks to a 6-inch stretch that improves rear seat legroom and cargo
capacity.

A mechanically articulated second-row seat flips up and folds
against the back of the cab by simply pushing up on the seat bottom, a
move easily done with one hand, allowing easier loading and unloading
of the truck’s rear seating area. The new SuperCrew’s longer door moves
the B-pillar further back, improving the driver’s peripheral vision.

“The flat load floor and fold-up rear seat allow for a much better
use of cargo space,” O’Leary said. “After F-150 customers find their
way to their favorite electronics store on their 8-inch navigation
screen in the instrument panel, they have enough room to safely and
securely load their new large flat-screen television into the flat-load
floor and take it home.”

The flip-up seats combined with the flat-load floor, allows items up
to 47.9 inches tall to be stored safely from the outside elements and
secured in the locked cab. The total cargo space behind the front seats
is a class-leading 57.6 cu. ft.

The center section of the front bench seat features hidden storage
and on Lariat models the center section of the back seat folds down
into an armrest for rear seat passengers.

Easy on the Ears

Beneath its skin, the new F-150 uses a comprehensive sound package
and class-exclusive features to deliver a segment-leading quiet and
refined ride.

An exclusive Quiet Steel dash panel combines with an expanded
absorber on the engine side of the dash panel to limit the amount of
unwanted noise coming from the engine compartment. A single-piece
substrate under the instrument panel replaces the former multi-piece
unit, reducing the risk of squeaks and rattles and boosting perceived
quality. The Regular Cab utilizes a soft-trim back panel to improve
interior quietness. All models receive a new acoustic headliner.

The F-150 Platinum adds a laminated windshield and ultra-light, more
absorptive carpeting and additional insulation in the dash panel, doors
and back panel to deliver the kind of quiet ride that’s expected of
today’s luxury SUVs.

“The F-150 Platinum is quieter inside than the Lexus LX 450,
according to tests that combined scores for wind noise, road noise and
harshness measured at highway speeds,” O’Leary said. “We set the bar
high with this truck, because we know customers equate quietness with
quality.”

All new F-150s have been tuned from top to bottom to reduce NVH,
including all the exterior body panels. Computer models were made to
determine where to add curvature and grooves to the metal panels to
reduce vibration. New powertrain mounts, in addition to being more
durable, also deliver vibration-free performance at idle and while
cruising on smooth roads.

The powertrain was tuned to optimize vehicle dynamics, shift quality
and durability while reducing unwanted noise and vibration. For
example, the standard 6-speed transmission on the 5.4-liter and
4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s reduces gear whine by 10 to 15 dB versus the
outgoing 4-speed unit.

The new Ford F-150’s segment-leading quiet ride stems in part from
an ingenious technology called the Multi Activation Regression
Simulation (MARS) model. Sound technicians use the MARS computer model
to balance different sound inputs coming into the vehicle – from the
powertrain, wind and the road – and make all the sounds blend
harmoniously.

“There are some vehicles out there that sound unbalanced. They are
good for two of the three attributes, say wind and road noise, but are
pretty bad for powertrain noise,” said Mark McCarthy, Ford Truck NVH
Engineering manager. “What we’ve done with the new F-150 is focus less
on getting each attribute as quiet as possible and work on getting all
the levels in balance so the vehicle sounds and feels a little bit more
harmonious.”

The sound balancing exercise and having such precise control over
all the sound attributes allowed engineers to focus on the engine note,
introducing certain frequencies back into the truck to give the engine
a pleasing, powerful sound.

All-V-8 Powertrain Lineup

The new F-150’s engines do more than sound good.

  • The 5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 has
    been optimized for better performance with improved horsepower and
    torque and is capable of running on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15
    percent gasoline), pure gasoline or any blend in between.
  • The 4.6-liter, 3-valve V-8
    is new for F-150. Both the 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s utilize
    open valve injection. This unique feature improves the flow of fuel
    into the combustion chamber and allows for more precise control of the
    combustion process. This results in an increase in horsepower during
    towing and higher rpm operations along with an improvement in emissions.
  • The 4.6-liter, 2-valve V-8 is the third V-8 choice in the line-up and delivers more horsepower with the same fuel economy numbers as the outgoing V-6.

All three engines are full LEVII capable meeting California’s Tier 2 Bin 4 tailpipe and evaporative emissions regulations.

“We’re including Ford-tested-tough V-8 engines throughout our F-150
lineup,” O’Leary said. “We listen when customers tell us that
performance is much more than horsepower and torque numbers. For them,
it’s all about towing and hauling, and this powertrain line-up delivers
the class-leading capability that customers demand.”

The 5.4-liter and 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8s are mated to standard
6-speed automatic transmissions. The 6-speed has been designed to meet
the demands expected of America’s most-capable pickup while delivering
a significant improvement in performance feel and a fuel economy
increase of about 1 mile per gallon.

All internal components of the smooth-shifting 6-speed have been
upgraded to handle higher torque capacities; these include more robust
clutch packs, bigger pump and bigger output shaft. The transmission’s
hydraulic system also was beefed up to enable improved idle speeds and
improved converter clutch duty cycles.

Building on Safety Leadership

The
2009 F-150, with an all-new hydro formed steel body structure including
an industry-first use of tubular ultra-high strength steel, is
engineered to earn top safety ratings from the National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety.

Standard safety equipment includes: AdvaceTrac® with RSC®; ABS;
Safety Canopy™ side curtain air bags with roll-fold technology for
enhanced head protection in rollovers and side impacts; front
seat-mounted side air bags; Personal Safety System; and new seats and
restraints designed to earn a “Good” rating from IIHS in low-speed
rear-end collision testing.

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets
across six continents. With about 260,000 employees and about 100
plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands
include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda.
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