The Ford Super-Duty is going to have an all-new design this year, and as a result 2,000 Americans will have all-new jobs this year. America’s leading truck maker is investing $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant, much of which is being dedicated to the Super Duty’s shift to an aluminum body.
This heartening investment in American industry comes just over a year after Ford invested $80 million and added 350 jobs at the truck plant in order to increase Super Duty production. Ford has sold almost 700,000 F-Series trucks so in 2015, with Super Dutys accounting for around a third of that number. With an all-new, lighter-weight, heavier-duty Super Duty coming soon, Ford is anticipating an upsurge in its already impressive Super Duty sales.
Ford owns 43% of the U.S. heavy-duty truck segment, and although still in its early years, Ford’s switch to aluminum now seems likely to increase that number. By using a lighter material as the basis for the Super Duty, for example, Ford has been able to make the truck both sturdier and lighter: while the new Super Duty will weigh 350 pounds less than its predecessor, its steel frame will be 24% stiffer.
When the all-new Super Duty took its first bow in September, we were instantly smitten. Yet every new piece of information that comes out about this truck gets us even more excited than we already were! We can hardly think of a better vehicle to show off in our all-new Butler Ford showroom than this all-new work of American art!