Ford trucks earned top honors at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo, with the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 being named Truck of Texas – the most prestigious award.
â€śTAWA members represent the voice of truck buyers in Texas, Americaâ€™s
largest truck market,â€ť said Mike Marrs, president of TAWA. â€śAfter
exhaustively testing 75 vehicles from 18 brands, the all-new Ford F-150
is our clear choice for Truck of Texas.â€ť
Including this win, 9 of the last twelve Truck of Texas honorees have been Ford F-Series Trucks.
In designing the backbone of the all-new F-150, the toughest, smartest,
most capable F-150 ever, Ford engineers improved its signature, fully
boxed ladder frame. The frame is all-new, with more high-strength steel
than ever â€“ making it stronger and lighter. High-strength,
military-grade, aluminum alloy â€“ already in use in aerospace, commercial
transportation, energy and other rugged industries â€“ is used throughout
the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance
while saving up to 700 pounds of weight.
The new F-150 is the most fuel-efficient F-150 ever, thanks to the dramatic
improvements in weight and advanced engine technology. Every model,
every engine and every customer benefits from this weight savings. This
means the 2015 F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530
more pounds and will have better fuel economy ratings than the current
F-150 lineup, projected to be in the range of at least 5 percent and as
much as 20 percent higher than current models, depending on the model.
(EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are not yet available and will
likely be announced in November.)
â€śTAWA members are among the
first to experience the all-new F-150â€™s breakthrough innovations and
best-in-class capabilities, features that will help our hardworking
customers improve their productivity,â€ť said Joe Hinrichs, Ford
president, The Americas. â€śIt is an honor to again be named Truck of
Texas. We are committed to continuously improving Americaâ€™s favorite
Evaluations at TAWA Truck Rodeo are just the latest
testing the all-new F-150 has undergone. When it arrives in showrooms
later this year, the 2015 F-150 will have endured the equivalent of more
than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds
Built Ford Tough standards.
In addition to an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoostÂ®
engine, the new F-150 offers customers a complete lineup of powertrains
to allow them to tailor the truck to best meet their needs. The
3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated
3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 66th year, F-Series has
been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and the
best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.
Also taking home TAWA honors is the 2015 Ford Transit, named Commercial Vehicle of Texas.
The all-new Transit replaces Americaâ€™s best-selling van for 35 years, Ford
E-Series. Transit offers a maximum cargo capacity of up to 487 cubic
feet â€“ 75 percent more than the largest E-Series. When equipped with the
3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the van delivers as much as 46 percent
better fuel efficiency than E-Series with the 6.8-liter V10 premium
engine, along with more payload. Transit equipped with the standard
3.7-liter V6 has up to 19 percent better fuel efficiency than E-Series
with its standard 4.6-liter V8 engine.
â€śTransit delivers it all â€“ better fuel economy, more capability, the largest number of technology
choices, and the most innovative and diversified offering of
configurations in a full-size van,â€ť said Hinrichs. â€śWeâ€™re honored TAWA
members also have recognized Transit as a game changer for our
hardworking commercial vehicle customers.â€ť
Hereâ€™s the full list of Ford vehicles winning top honors in their categories at TAWA Truck Rodeo:
Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150
Truck Line of Texas: Ford Motor Company
Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum
Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch
Commercial Vehicle of Texas: 2015 Ford Transit
Best Technology Feature: 2015 Ford F-150 high-strength, military-grade, aluminum al