Ford's Kansas City F-150 Plant Is Live

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Upgrades to the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., which produces both the Ford F-150 and Transit, are now finished, allowing the facility to accommodate the all-new aluminum half-ton pickup truck. The manufacturing plant revamp was the last step needed in Ford's transition from the previous-generation F-150 to the 2015 model. With the upgrade, Ford now has the ability to make all styles of half-ton pickups as well as two commercial-specific models at the Claycomo facility.

The plant is running three full shifts and added 900 employees to make the new pickups. The truckmaker says its investment in the plant was more than $1 billion. With this new capacity addition, Ford has the capacity to produce up to 700,000 F-150 pickups per year for 90 markets globally.

To read the full press release, click here.

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Wow!! Ford is building the best trucks around and now they might be able to meet demand.

Hopefully, with the new plant upgrades, Ford also upgraded the body stampings. The early regular production f150's that saw at my local dealer, were nothing short of terrible...The crew cab (especially the doors) was so wavy, it made the GM bodies look great, in comparison...good to see alot of people working, though.

Link is no good.

Ram is a more manly truck
The F-150 is a girly man truck.

My 2003 F-150 was the best truck I ever owned.
Every newer F-150 I owned after that got worse, I had an 05, 09, 11 and now a 2013.
I expect the 2015 to be worse than the 2013 I already own.

I am too rough on a truck where I feel the aluminum body won't hold up!
I have cab flex on extreme off-road conditions even on my 2013 with the steel body where under the same conditions the 2015 would fall apart.
My co-workers go the same places with their Ram Truck with less problems than I have with my F-150.

Ford left me down, Ford abandoned me, that 2015 wasn't built for me, it was built for the new customer that never owned a truck before.
Ford is telling me they don't want me as a customer anymore, they don't need me. They placed all their eggs in one basket and in time it will catch up to them.
I hope you guys like your new F-150 but please don't bother showing it off to me cause I will think much less of your manhood for buying one in the first place!

Hopefully Ford will increase production. As it currently stands they are only producing around 10k-12k new aluminium F-150s at their Detroit, Henry Ford plant.

As good as it is to employ more people, this has yet to translate into volume and numbers moved off the lot for Ford.

Ford is selling less pickups with a few thousand more workers. Is this a competitive position for Ford?

Is more going on behind the scenes that Ford doesn't want market analysts and shareholders to know about?

Glad I got my boots on.

@ real truck...lol... the demand the dealer has..? Ive seen 1 in OKC (not on a dealer lot) the dealerships are full of them...

That assembly line was amazingly quiet. Happy to see so many workers getting hired. Here comes the future of trucks like it or not.

@big al
As of the end of february ford has sold 7,000 more pickups than at this point in 2014. 2015 f-150 is one of the fastest selling trucks right now. why would you say sales are down? How long are you going to deny the reality that the f-150 has been well-received? So far every indication is that the new f-150 is a big success, especially when you compare it to the launch of the new gm twins last year.

At this point last year GM sales were down 15 percent over the previous year with the launch of their new truck. Ford completely shut down both plants for many weeks and has still been able to maintain 7 percent growth.

Ford and Ram had stellar sales last March. They will both be down for the month of march compared to last march. GM will see big increases cause there last march was horrible. Ram outsold chevy last march. Ford sold so many f series last march they don't have the inventory in place to match it.

Check out this Bad Boy Ford.

https://autos.yahoo.com/news/bodie-stroud-x-100-pickup-thing-power-beauty-193032164.html

I expect ford sales to be down a little bit in march, but so far has been very good. You can't expect them to sell a lot when they have had plants shut down for such a long time. I still haven't seen more than two new f150s at a time at my local dealer. Chevy sales were down 15 percent when they introduced the new model and they didn't have to shut down two factories for weeks at a time. I believe they had quite a surplus of trucks at that time. Every indication so far is that the new f150 is going to sell very well. Even if sales drop a bit in the short term the average transaction price is way up over last year. Like a few thousand per truck.

@Beebe,
I wasn't talking about the "old" F-150s in my comment, unless they were made of aluminium.

Ford's total drop in F-150 numbers were to be expected. I don't think Ford will get back to the numbers they had for several years, if at all. There's will be more and more competition.

Judging by the above comment with the use of an inference to my name, the person must be a dedicated Frod man.

The reality is this. Ford has taken a gamble with the aluminium F-150. It was a business decision, like "buying" a football team.

Teams don't always stay at the top of the ladder. Sooner or later the better players go and are replaced by new players that need some time to come up to speed.

Sometimes after the newer players reach their peak they aren't quite good enough to reproduce the "winning" team, even if the team is good. The team sometimes might not deserve to be at the top, even if they are good. This is the new Ford.

Ford is and will be facing big challenges. The aluminium F-150 is only the beginning.

The next challenge for Ford and also Ram more so than the GM pickups is the new XD Titan.

This will impact the light end of the HD market. The people looking for a diesel tow vehicle or light diesel HD.

How many are buying a Ram HD just because it has a Cummins? How many will defect to the Cummins XD Titan?

Will a person buy a 12 000lb F-150 with a gas engine in lieu of a V8 diesel XD Titan? Especially if the Cummins XD produces much better FE, loaded or empty.

How good will the gas V8 Titan be? It seems Nissan have taken a different path than with the last Titan. Nissan's new pickup boss is good, very good. He seems to know his shiet.

The Colorado will challenge a few aluminium F-150s, especially those after a naturally aspirated V6.

The next Taco. How good will that be, or for that matter the next Frontier. If it is anything like our global Navara it will be the benchmark midsizer. But, it might be "Amercianised" and lose some of it's capabilities and qualities.

You Frod guys must realise that the newer midsizer of the caliber of the Colorado Canyon are not like the Frontier or Taco. They will be a competitive vehicle in many full size options people are looking for. Look at the Colorado Canyon payload, or tow, not that it matters. It similar to many full size pickups. A big plus is it's refinement. They are no longer just a cheap pickup in refinement.

As I stated a few years ago. The US pickup market is in for a shakeup. Some will like the changes and some won't, like our fellow Frod fanatics.

The new F-150 is a good pickup, maybe not the best at everything.

Ford trying to keep up with demand for F150... Story from just the other day.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/inside-the-ticker/%e2%80%98outstanding%e2%80%99-demand-for-new-ford-f-150-means-increasing-production/ar-AA9JnXa

Just made the first leg of my trip from Pa to Las Vegas. I saw 6 new F150 pickups. The dealerships I saw a long the way were full of theses new pickups. I see no shortage. Plain and simple, they are not selling yet if ever. One individual was filling his tank on a new F150 so I walked over and pushed on the fender. It did not take much effort to push the thin aluminum in. This is not the answer to gain just a few miles to gallon.

"Just made the first leg of my trip from Pa to Las Vegas. I saw 6 new F150 pickups. The dealerships I saw a long the way were full of theses new pickups. I see no shortage. Plain and simple, they are not selling yet if ever. One individual was filling his tank on a new F150 so I walked over and pushed on the fender. It did not take much effort to push the thin aluminum in. This is not the answer to gain just a few miles to gallon.


Posted by: greg | Mar 16, 2015 9:32:14 AM"

Cool story bro. Too bad every review done on the F150 contradicts your fender push test. FWIW I can say then you have seen 6 more 2015 F150s than I have seen Colorado/Canyons. Ford dealers here have like 5-6 on their lots. I've seen 2 around town.

greg; Judging how well a truck or car sells by sampling 3 dealerships you've happened across will not get you reliable numbers AT ALL. Ford's sales in February tell a much different story, Ford, even with lower incentives than the competition, is still selling trucks like hotcakes.

Good for American Jobs, Bad for Early Adopters, they always get screwed, guinea pigs for Quality and Recalls, happens for all, Ford, GM, Ram. pay a lot more for that too, Ford has some work to do on the body panel, door fit, the 2.7 hopefully will be more reliable than the 3.5

I've looked at the 2015's and I have not noticed poor build quality. Gaps were good and no wavy panels. I heard some bloggers saying the panels were easier to push in. I found them firmer than my 2010.

The whiners do appear to be the usual suspects from the FCA and GM camps.

@Tom#3 continues on. You have never answered any of my questions.........

What kind of rear diff is in your 2013?
How does it behave in mud and snow?
How does traction/stability control work in mud/snow?
What tires are on your truck?
How many miles on your truck?

Ive been seeing the same thing: posted by colorado al --"Hopefully, with the new plant upgrades, Ford also upgraded the body stampings. The early regular production f150's that saw at my local dealer, were nothing short of terrible...The crew cab (especially the doors) was so wavy, it made the GM bodies look great, in comparison...good to see alot of people working, though."
Do we know what is causing this waviness look on the door panels when seen on an angle. I was just on i90 and an 2015 f-150 super passed me, dark gray and even my wife saw the imperfections in the door skins. I've seen this in earlier models also but assumed it was bad body work after an accident.

@GM corporate, my dealer here in NC just can't keep them. They only had 2 of them this past weekend and were waiting on more. He said they were moving pretty quick and he wished he could get more. I've seen a good many of them on the road so go figure.

I really wouldn't mind at all if ford's sales dropped like a rock and they had to cut 15,000 off msrp to sell them. I've been waiting for months for a good deal on a ford.

@SilverRaven - in defense of the Colorado it has a 1500 lb cargo rating in the crew 4x4 which puts it in the ballpark of most 1/2 tons. It's capacity is well under Ford's best crew 4x4 ratings but easily matches Ram 1500 cargo and tow ratings for V6 diesel or gas trucks.
If anything the Colorado is more of a threat to Ram 1500 than Ford F series.

WAITING FOR REG CAB 2015 F150 !!!!

I think people are looking to buy an all Aluminum Ford F150 because of the Cool factor of having something different to own & talk about at the coffee shop, cruise night or job site etc..........

Example: It would be just like having an all aluminum AC Cobra park in your driveway. The Cool Factor.

@Lou_BC,
Here some Bloomberg TV. It features the Chev Colorado and explains it's success. I'm not stating that I totally agree, but the journo does have some good points.

He also states that what determines a midsizer is a payload of under 1 500lbs. This makes even some full size pickups midsizers.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-18/midsize-truck-myth-why-chevy-s-new-urban-pickup-is-huge



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