AVON LAKE, Ohio, Jan. 25, 2016 – Ford today announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab, part of the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.
“Super Duty chassis cabs are the number one trusted choice of tradespeople and fleet customers, from utility companies to construction firms,” said Kevin Koswick, director, Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. “The all-new Super Duty will help these customers keep the lights on, deliver supplies and build a better world for their customers.”
Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
Opened in 1974, Ohio Assembly Plant employs nearly 1,400 people and is one of the largest employers in Lorain County. In addition to the Super Duty chassis cab, Ohio Assembly produces the new Ford F-650 and F-750, Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.
Ford 2017 F-Series Super Duty
The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup is Ford’s toughest, smartest and most capable pickup Super Duty ever and part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 39 straight years.
Ford engineers improved the Super Duty chassis cab with advanced materials, making the frame out of high-strength steel and the body out of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy. The result is up to 350 pounds of weight savings with additional weight savings reinvested everywhere it counts, giving customers more towing and hauling capability than ever before. Components such as axles, hubs and brakes are larger and stronger to support work demands.
The all-new, high-strength steel frame is engineered with an open-C-channel design behind the cab to enable easy aftermarket body upfit and modification. The all-new frame is made of more than 95 percent high-strength steel and fully boxed from the front to the back of the cab, and an open C-channel extends all the way behind the cab to accommodate vocational needs and aftermarket body builders.
Fleet operators and commercial upfitters will find it easier to connect electrical equipment to the truck. An all-new smart Controller Area Network (CAN) interface allows upfitters to more easily integrate upgrades to meet their customers’ needs, with six auxiliary upfitter switches available to operate a variety of powered options, such as lights, compressors or other power equipment.
Three Super Duty chassis cab engine choices give customers the power of choice, including a 6.2-liter gasoline V8, 6.8-liter gasoline V10, or 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8.