Ford F-150 V6 To Sell 100,000 Units In 2011

Ford is revising their forecast for F-150 Ecoboost sales, estimating that the turbocharged 6-cylinder pickup will comprise 45 percent of F-150 sales, versus original estimates of 40 percent. Ford now estimates that the Ecoboost will sell 100,000 units this year.

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Top Ten Back To School Cars

Summer is almost over, which means back to school shopping. Forget about pens, pencils and binders; what about picking up a new set of wheels? Surely that will make the thought of heading back to class a little better!

Kelley Blue Book has put together a list of vehicles that it believes will appeal to kids. There are some odd choices though.

The new car picks all seem to be decent, all are affordable, efficient and attractive. However the used choices are surprising. The Kia Sedona probably won’t be very appealing to students because well, minivans are not cool. As well, the F-150 is a pretty large truck and although it is the best selling vehicle in America, it’s hardly fuel efficient. The HHR was also an interesting choice because not many young people drive them. The new vehicles are probably better choices overall, but who knows, maybe minivans are secretly cool among teenagers… or maybe just teenagers trying really hard to be ironic. What do you think?

Check out the list of new and used vehicles after the jump:

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Ford Recalls Over 1 Million F-Series Trucks for Fuel Tank Strap

A recall has been issued out for owners of 1997-2004 Ford F-150s, 1997-1999 F-250s and 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwoods to address a fuel tank strap that has become susceptible to corroding due to de-icing chemicals used on roads in cold weather. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a recall notice in mid-September and replacement straps will be installed on their vehicles. If the straps aren’t available when the recall repairs are done, an interim repair utilizing a cable support under the fuel-tank strap will be installed.

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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Sales Outpacing V-8

Back when it was first introduced to the F-150, there were many who questioned Ford‘s logic for installing a twin-turbocharged V-6 in a pickup truck. However, it appears the Blue Oval has proved the naysayers wrong; in recent months, V-6 sales have been really gathering steam.

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Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards

Given their high center of gravity and the questionable driving abilities of some people, pickup trucks are more often likely to end on their roof than cars and some crossovers. As a result, having a truck that scores high in roof strength tests would seem to be a bonus right?

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2.7 Million Ford F-150 Trucks Under Investigation for Fuel Tank Issues

In response to a growing number of complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded a probe regarding a staggering 2.7 million 1997-01 Ford F-150 Pickups, where fuel tank straps have rusted, failed and in some cases caused vehicle fires. This follows on from another NHTSA investigation, that became a recall, regarding faulty airbags on Ford’s best selling pickup truck, that ultimately included 1.2 million vehicles, albeit from the 2004-06 model years.

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Ford F-150 Sales Split: Half Sold With a V6

They said it couldn’t be done. They said a V6 would never belong in a Ford F-150, that most American of trucks with that most American of powerplants. But lo and behold, not only is the Ecoboosted V6 more fuel-efficient, but it’s comprised a significant percentage of F-150 sales already.

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Ford F-150 Recall Expanded to Include 1.2 Million Trucks

Ford has bowed to pressure from the government’s safety regulator, greatly expanding a previously issued recall for the F-150 pickup truck.

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Ford Outsells GM for the Second Time Since 1998

Disregard the ads about the F-150 being the bestselling truck in 34 years: for only the second time in over a decade, Ford outsold crosstown rival GM overall, with 212, 295 vehicles, including some that aren’t pickups.

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Ford F-150 V6 Now Makes Up 35% Of Sales

The last V6-powered Ford F-150 was sold to the public in 2008, and only 11% of sales were made up of the smaller-engined trucks. Three years later, and Ford’s gamble to offer not one but two V6s in America’s best-selling vehicle seems to be paying dividends, with 35% of F-150’s sold coming with either the base 3.7L V6 or the 3.5L  Ecoboost turbo engine.

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Ford On Pace To Outsell General Motors In March

While we won’t have final March sales numbers until Thursday evening, but for the first time since February of 2010, Ford looks set to beat GM in sales figures, with 210,000 units sold.

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Ford Offers Truck App On F-Series

It seems that we’re bent on information overload; there’s virtually an app for everything when it comes to our smart phones and even in our vehicles, there seems to be a race to see which manufacturer can place the most amount of data and programming info at our finger tips.

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Ford Recalls 31,000 Vehicles for Fuel Risk, Electrical Problems

Ford announced a recall of their trucks and crossovers – including 23,688 Ranger pickup trucks – because of a fuel line near the throttle body shield that could leak fuel and cause a fire, and an electrical system that might short out and, well, cause a fire.

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Ford Considers Hydraulic Hybrid F-150

A what you may ask? Well, a hybrid pickup, a dual powertrain vehicle that uses a gasoline engine, but instead of an electric motor and batteries, relies on a reservoir, accumulator and hydraulic pump as its secondary source for motivation.

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Ferrari Re-Names Formula 1 Car After Ford Lawsuit

After Ford filed a legal injuction regarding Ferrari’s use of the name “F150” for their new Formula 1 car, the Italian supercar manufacturer has bowed to legal pressure and re-dubbed their entrant the “F150th Italia”.

While Ford’s ubiquitous pick-up truck, the F-150, could never be confused with the purpose built race car, evidently someone in Ferrari’s legal department thought it was a prudent move. The Ferrari was dubbed the “F150” in honor of the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification.

Hit the jump to read the official press release

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