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· Shake Hands with Beef: Ford Ups 2018 Super Duty Power Figures
· Ford set to partner with Alibaba to test online auto sales in China: Report
Shake Hands with Beef: Ford Ups 2018 Super Duty Power Figures
by Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver
December 5, 2017
When Ram announced in August that its 2018 3500 would offer 930 lb-ft of torque from its Cummins diesel inline-six, Dearborn couldn’t exactly take the news lying down. So for 2018, Ford has announced that the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8 in its Super Duty trucks will offer 935 lb-ft of torque, a 10 lb-ft boost over last year’s version of the engine. And, just for fun, Ford is turning loose a two-wheel-drive version of the mighty F-450. Horsepower also increases; the Power Stroke sees a 10-hp upgrade for ’18 and now punches out an even 450 ponies.
The result of all this madness? Ford has reclaimed the best-in-class torque figure from Ram, and the new F-450 4×2 will tow up to 34,000 pounds with a gooseneck trailer. That’s 1500 pounds more than last year’s F-450. Those more apt to tow with a conventional ball hitch can drag 21,000 pounds of stuff behind them, while the cohort who hates towing but loves hauling can carry 5630 pounds of detritus in the F-450’s bed (the max payload in the vast Super Duty lineup—7630 pounds—is available in an F-350). How’d Ford do it? It reworked the cylinder heads to add strength, then turned up the wick on the turbo.
Want in on the tow/haul party? A mere $52,830 gets you in the crew-cab-only F-450 door, but the price rises handsomely as you move beyond the base XL model. Like all Super Duty models, the big sucker also is available in XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims. Go nuts with options, and you’ll drive off your local Ford store lot having invested more than $80K in the most recent king of the hill.
The cheapest route to the upgraded Power Stroke engine is with the two-wheel-drive regular-cab F-250...
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Ford set to partner with Alibaba to test online auto sales in China: Report
Ford's CEO and chairman are expected in Hangzhou on Thursday to sign a letter of intent outlining the scope of a new partnership with Alibaba.
The partnership would be part of Ford's effort to overhaul its China strategy to revive the growth momentum it has lost in recent months.
Ford could start selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba's online retail arm Tmall.
via CNBC - Dec 6, 2017
Ford Motor is expected to sign as early as Thursday a deal with Alibaba Group Holding which may allow the U.S. automaker to test selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba's online retail arm Tmall, as well as via a new "auto vending machine" store concept, according to a Ford source familiar with the matter.
Representatives of Ford and Alibaba, including Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. and Ford CEO Jim Hackett, are expected to be in Hangzhou on Thursday to sign a letter of intent that outlines the scope of the new partnership.
According to the source, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak with reporters, the deal is intended to position the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker...