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U.S. President Joe Biden test-drives the new Ford F-150 lightning truck at Dearborn, Michigan on May 18, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

Ford wires its electric trucks for business customers

Tesla, GM seen positioning electric pickups as 'lifestyle vehicles'

Detroit | Reuters — Ford Motor Co.’s newly revealed electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup doubles down on a bet that the company can beat Tesla and other rivals by giving new technology a familiar face and convincing longtime fleet and business customers that going electric saves money. Ford officially unveiled the battery electric […] Read more

Ford’s 2021 F-150 offers six engine options, including a new gas-electric hybrid drivetrain that delivers 570 pound-feet of torque.

More, stronger, better: how Ford describes the 2021 F-150

Ford offers V8 to hybrid drivetrain options, boosts pickup performance

The news coming from major machinery brands in recent months has centred around more power and better connectivity. Taking a look at what Ford has to say about its 2021 F150, the news is almost exactly the same — more power (from several engine options), higher tow ratings (up to 14,000 pounds or 6,350 kilograms) […] Read more


Ford subjected the new PowerBoost hybrid F-150 to all the usual durability tests — and added an extra one to make sure engineers had created a reliable design.

Ford F-150 hybrid field test

The automaker exposes the PowerBoost powerplant to extreme conditions

Ford’s new 3.5-litre PowerBoost F-150 made its debut this model year, marking the first time a gas-electric hybrid powertrain has ever been available in the F-150. The PowerBoost drivetrain delivers an impressive 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, which is the highest torque rating ever for an F-150. But like all components that appear […] Read more

Screenshot from a U.S. NHTSA video showing a rupturing Takata airbag inflator. (Nhtsa.gov via YouTube)

Ford recalling older-model Rangers over airbag inflators

Deaths, injuries linked to faulty inflators

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had obsolete Takata air bag modules installed in collision and theft repairs after the Takata recall was completed, the automaker said on Thursday. The second-largest U.S. automaker identified about 8,800 Ford Ranger 2004-06 trucks in Canada and 144,340 in the […] Read more


A promotional photo of Ford’s 2021 F-150 Raptor. (Media.ford.com)

Ford cuts output of F-150s due to semiconductor shortage

U.S. firm among manufacturers caught off guard

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is cutting shifts at two U.S. plants that build its highly profitable flagship F-150 pickup trucks starting next week due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips, raising fears the problem could be worsening. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it will run one of […] Read more

A 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat. (Ford.com)

Ford says emissions certification process under federal probe

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday Canadian officials have opened a preliminary investigation into the automaker’s emissions certification process. Ford said in its annual report Environment and Climate Change Canada has opened a probe into the matter after the automaker disclosed early last year that the U.S. Justice Department had opened a […] Read more





Ford will soon introduce a small utility vehicle, but as yet it hasn't been given a name.

Ford heads into the hills

The brand sees its future as a builder of mainly pickups and SUVs

In 1966 Ford was the first of the Detroit Three automakers to realize the Jeep brand was onto something. At the time, Kaiser, which bought Willys and therefore ownership of the Jeep brand, had turned the spunky little four-wheel drive into a growing line of Jeep-branded vehicles designed for weekend warriors who wanted to hit […] Read more