If you've followed new vehicle sales over the past few years, it's generally been an upward trajectory for the industry, and an especially positive trend for the full-size truck segment. Perhaps no other manufacturer has benefitted from this upswing in demand as much as Ford. Over the past several weeks, the spotlight has been on the 2015 F-150 with its segment-first aluminum body, but Ford is investing in the other important part of its full-size truck strategy. The company announced an $80 Million investment in its Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville.
The investment includes retooling, facility upgrades, and automation improvements in the paint and body shops. The upgrades will enable the plant to meet its goal of a volume increase of 15 percent to better meet customer demand. On the horizon for the plant is an updated 2015 Super Duty model with the second-generation of Ford's 6.7-liter "Scorpion" Power Stroke V-8 with a revised turbocharger system, promising horsepower and torque outputs above today's 400 hp and 800 lb-ft.
In addition to the Super Duty line, Kentucky Truck also builds the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs, which are getting significantly updated for 2015, now offering the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 as standard on the Navigator.