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35 Years Of Ford Commercial Vehicle Leadership Celebrated

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Three and a half decades of Ford commercial vehicle leadership is being celebrated as the automaker brags on being the country’s best-selling line of commercial vehicles. Ford is also adding additional customer-driven options to its F-650 and F-750 Medium Duty trucks. More options have been added to its E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis trucks as well.

One of the big innovations that Ford is celebrating is the all-new F-600 Super Duty chassis cab that’s now available to order. The F-600 delivers the capability of a Class 6 truck in a familiar Class 5 package. Ford says that the new F-600 offers Ford commercial vehicle customers who need additional payload or need to mount heavier up-fits an option without having to move into a larger truck. The F-600 will be delivered this summer.

Another of the new options that Ford commercial vehicle shoppers can choose is a gaseous fuel prep package for the new 7.3-liter Godzilla V-8 engine. That engine is available in the current Super Duty F-450, F-550 and F-600 chassis cab, E-Series, F-53, and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles. The gaseous fuel prep package is aimed directly at customers who want to run alternative fuels in their vehicles and includes upgraded valvetrain components that can withstand higher operating temperatures and the lower lubricity of gaseous fuels. The prep package allows the vehicle to be converted by a Ford qualified vehicle modifier to run on CNG or propane.

Ford has also announced that for the first time that an integrated air compressor will be offered for the 7.3-liter V-8 engine to power accessories like air horns or air ride seats. Currently, air brakes are only offered on diesel-powered trucks. Ford notes that its Medium Duty trucks using the 7.3-liter Godzilla engine can cost up to $9245 less than those fitted with a 6.7-liter diesel. The E- Series gets a new cutaway scalloped engine access cover to provide additional legroom, which was a big request for the recreational vehicle industry. The E- Series is the most popular platform for Class C motorhomes with 58 percent market share.

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Why this name “7.3-liter Godzilla V-8 engine”? That is a Japanese monster name! Use “Kong” instead, since a simian is smarter and stronger than any reptilian monster, and it is a U.S. brand name, created in 1933! Soon we will see the “Godzilla vs. King Kong” movie and I bet that Kong will win and be the true “King of all Monsters”!

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