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Ford siktar högt med SFE (Super Fuel Economy )

Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler’s Ram 1500 by offering a ”super fuel economy” or SFE package






For 2015, Ford is offering a special package, or “SFE” for short, on the new aluminum-bodied F-150. Available on either XL or XLT models, the SFE aims to curb consumption thanks in part to the company’s newest V6 engine, a lightweight 2.7-liter twin-turbo featuring stop-start technology.




Ford spokesman Mike Levine later confirmed that the SFE option will be available for the XL and XLT trim levels, which together make up 70 percent of total F-150 sales.

It will also be offered on two different body styles: regular cab and SuperCab, he said.

Trucks equipped with the SFE package will ride on 17-inch wheels and tires, among the smallest available on any full-size pickup on the market today.

The engine used for the SFE option will be the new, smaller 2.7-liter EcoBoost direct-injected and twin-turbocharged V-6 that will launch on the 2015 F-150.


Arguably one of the biggest stories in 2014 is the all-new, aluminum Ford F-150.

As one of America’s most sold vehicles on an annual basis, it’s a big deal that the Blue Oval has decided to make such drastic changes. 

Now one thing that didn’t come to light until today was this thought: what if the all-new F-150 SFE is more fuel efficient than its clean diesel competition? To be more specific, the RAM EcoDiesel pick-up truck. 

According to Ford, the SFE model will come in the XL trim and be powered by the company’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 motor. In addition it will do all it can to make it more fuel efficient, one example is the 17-inch wheels that will continue to help lower weight. 

One has to ask why would Ford go through all the expense of switching its already hot selling pick-up to aluminum if it didn’t want to be the class leader in mpg. Sure, the RAM is equipped with a diesel powerplant but that only means success for Ford if it can do the same or better from an mpg perspective. Keep in mind that the EcoDiesel costs a pretty penny straight away. 

So, what say you? Does Ford NEED to blow away its competition with its mpg?



Mike Levine har länkat till denna artikeln på sin twittersida. Det tyder på att den är rätt så riktig beträffande diesel jmfr bensin


Right now, Ford is up against GM’s new-for-2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which get an EPA-rated 24 miles per gallon on the highway in their most efficient versions



It seems unlikely that a gasoline-powered F-150 will top the diesel Ram. But Ford can argue that the diesel Ram is in a different class, with some justification.

Snart så skingras dimmorna


Let the war begin………..

GM kommer också med mera diesel i USA


GM plans to launch more diesel vehicles in U.S.


Light-duty versions of GM’s full-sized trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, are two likely candidates for a diesel engine. Chrysler’s Ram 1500 already offers a diesel engine and the highest fuel-economy rating ever given to a full-sized truck, 28 mpg on the highway.

Ford will launch the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 late this year and will offer an SFE or Super Fuel Economy model.

Kiefer said: “We will continue to introduce more diesels as appropriate and as the market accepts them.”




How GM missed the truck fuel economy race, and how it will return




Six years ago, GM was installing production machinery in its Tonowanda, N.Y., engine plant to build an advanced, 4.5-liter Duramax diesel V-8 for the light duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

But then GM ran out of money. And the company’s bankruptcy killed that engine.

Tillägg. Och detta fick en allvarlig inverkan på Sintercast som skulle stå för CGI-blocken till den motorn. De fick snöpligen stryka den stora produktionen ur orderboken. Det var helt färdigt för produktion i Tonawadafabriken. 

Slutet gott allting gott:

But Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global powertrain, today at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars gave a bullish presentation about GM’s future diesel plans.

Listening to Kiefer’s enthusiasm for diesels, you get the feeling that GM’s bad luck is about to change — and it won’t be by accident.