2016 Ford F-650 & F-750 All New, All Ford and No Manual

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F-650/F-750 at Ohio Assembly Plant

The land of commercial trucks is a land much different than the land of pickup trucks. Buyers have different demands for a truck like the F-650 over a F-250 Super Duty. Commercial truck buyers need their stuff to work, and work reliably in conditions a normal pickup truck wouldn’t encounter. To that end, for the 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750, for has taken over the full vertical and went all Ford.

What do I mean? In the past, Ford’s medium-duty commercial vehicles had diesel engines made by Cummins, with transmissions from Allison. For the new truck, Ford developed a transmission exclusively for the medium-duty line, and the engines are exclusively Ford designed and built.


Ford wants to deliver the best quality product to the customer, and by constructing everything that goes into the truck, they have a better understanding of the quality controls in place than relying on a vendor.

Thanks to the switch, they were able to improve ride and handling, reduce costs, and offer a spectacular powertrain warranty. With the Ford transmission and diesel engine, the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks carry 250,000 mile powertrain warranty. That’s what we call in the business “a lot.”

F-650/F-750 at Ohio Assembly Plant

The gas engine is also a Ford affair, and Ford expects around a 20% take rate on the petrol engine. In the past, the F-650 was the only medium-duty Ford to offer a gasoline engine, but Ford is making it available for the F-750 for the first time.

Sadly, if you were looking for a manual transmission, that’s not available.

What do you think? Sound off with your thoughts over in the forum!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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