Vive la Truck: Would the F-150 Work in Europe?
Being a U.S.-centric site, we don’t often think about our friends across the pond, but they do like their Fords over there. For the longest time, they’ve had the forbidden fruit, like the Focus RS, that we’d never get here. Also, they can buy the Ranger that might or might not come to the United States. But what about the other way around?
The Mustang is being sold for the first time, officially, worldwide this year, including the right-hand drive countries. Based on early sales numbers, they’re buying them up like crazy, too. And not just the fuel-efficient, lower tax EcoBoost models, but the full-bore, 5.0L Coyote V6 GT versions.
But what about the F-150? Some may argue that the size alone would make the F-150 a tough sell to the Europeans, who have narrow streets and tight corners. But I would counter that the 360° camera would negate some of those issues.
Additionally, the F-150 has several fuel efficient engine options that are low on displacement, including the 2.7L EcoBoost that has start / stop, a technology the European regulatory agencies love.
Ford is going more global in its designs, so why not go whole hog and offer the F-150 there. It’s already the most popular vehicle in this country, and the way the Europeans like to buy American things (re: Mustang) it might do really well there. That’d mean even more profit for the Blue Oval, and a win for everyone!
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