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Ford’s 2015 F-150 Passes Rivals in MPG

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Thanks to an aluminum body and turbocharged engine, Ford Motor Co.’s (F) redesigned F-150 will offer better fuel economy compared to rival gasoline-powered pickup trucks.

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The 2015 F-150 is rated at up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood, Ford announced Friday. The truck will get 19 mpg in city driving. Combined, drivers can expect to get 22 mpg.

The F-150’s Environmental Protection Agency ratings are slightly better than those for the Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors’ (GM) best-selling pickup. A Silverado powered by a 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine is rated at 24 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined.

Ford also beat the Ram 1500 from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU). The Ram 1500 gets up to 25 mpg on the highway, or 20 mpg combined, with a 3.6-liter V6.

But Ram’s diesel-powered 1500 truck still remains the overall leader. It has a highway rating of 28 mpg, or 23 mpg combined.

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Ford shares fell into negative territory following the news, trading three cents lower at $15.43.

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Industry analysts have been anxiously waiting for Ford to provide fuel economy figures for the new F-150, which is expected to begin arriving in showrooms in December. Ford switched from steel to aluminum, a significant departure for America’s top-selling pickup, in order to cut 700 pounds from the truck.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker also bet on the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, which will be available in the F-150 for the first time. Ford added EcoBoost engines to its F-150 lineup in 2011.

Turbocharged EcoBoost engines boost power while providing better fuel economy than a larger engine. Many automakers have used turbocharged engines, particularly in cars and sport-utility vehicles, to help improve fuel economy.

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