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Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

Surprise: Ford’s aluminum 2015 F-150 gets better economy

We knew the 2015 Ford F-150 drove well, we knew it could tow and go off-road, but until today we didn't know how much that controversial switch to aluminum and new EcoBoost engine options would affect fuel economy. Now, we do. Ford has announced EPA estimates for the four engine options that can be found under the aluminum hood, and what perhaps shouldn't be a surprise is that when you combine the potent but frugal new 2.7 EcoBoost with a truck that's around 700 pounds lighter, you unsurprisingly get more miles per gallon. Head on past the cut for all the numbers.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept showcased at LA Auto Show

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept showcased at LA Auto Show

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off a new concept truck at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, showcasing its Colorado ZR2 concept as an example of what could be for the midsize model's off-roading future. Chevy has based its concept on the ZR2 production model, as well as Colorado Z71's offerings, and included the new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine for good measure. That engine is slated to arrive in the auto maker's Colorado models in 2015. The concept brings with it elements designed specifically for going off the road, including a higher ground clearance and skid plates.

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Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

Ford shows off pair of 2015 F-150 trucks bound for SEMA

If you are a fan of trucks, you are probably aware that Ford has made a significant change to its incredibly popular F-150 truck for the 2015 model year. The major change that the automaker has made is moving to an all aluminum body allowing the truck to shed 700 pounds for increased fuel economy and performance. Ford is showing off a couple of the new 2015 F-150 trucks that will be on display at SEMA vying for the "Hottest Truck" award at the show.

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2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

2015 Ford F-150 First Drive: The big aluminum risk

The stakes are high when you're redesigning the best-selling vehicle in America, and you could've perhaps forgiven Ford for taking a low-key approach to the 2015 F-150. Instead, however, the new truck aims for a trio of improvements (and companion challenges): an all-new aluminum body and box that needs to convince traditionalists that steel isn't the only metal; a new 2.7L EcoBoost engine that has to compete with the de facto V8; and lashings of tech at odds with the "simple workhorse" many expect. Ambitious, then: read on to find out whether Ford's new star succeeds.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport concept truck breaks cover

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport concept truck breaks cover

For years, there were a handful of offerings in the mid-size truck market before some of the stalwarts in the segment pulled out. Ford and Chevy left the market ceding it to Nissan and Toyota as the only two automakers producing mid-size trucks in the last few years. Chevrolet is set to come back to the market with a redesigned Colorado truck.

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Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

With Ford SYNC, you’re able to interface with your vehicle through your steering wheel for calls, music, and directions. With Automatic, car owners are able to get vehicle diagnostics sent to their smartphone. Together, Ford and the team behind the Automatic device are creating a smarter system.

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2015 Ford F-150 spills power and hauling secrets

2015 Ford F-150 spills power and hauling secrets

Ford has spilled the beans on what eager 2015 F-150 truck fans have been waiting to hear: exact specs on how much the aluminum bodied vehicle will pack in terms of power, and what it can haul. The new truck - which is, at 4,942 pounds, 732 pounds lighter than its predecessor - will be offered with a 2.7L EcoBoost engine and with a 3.5L TI-VCT V6, both of which are being detailed for the first time today.

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Future Truck 2025 give transports trucks some brains

Future Truck 2025 give transports trucks some brains

If you thought self-driving cars on the highway were scary, then self-driving trucks might absolutely horrify you. But this is exactly where Daimler and Mercedes-Benz are heading with their vision of the truck of the future. The Future Truck 2025 is equipped with the latest autonomous vehicle technology that will let these transport vehicles travel on their own, save operators some money, and relieve drivers of their stress. Ironically it might also relieve them of their jobs.

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The $4.5m Monster Trucks running gold mines

The $4.5m Monster Trucks running gold mines

I'll confess, my attention wasn't entirely on Ford's top-secret 2015 F-150 prototype when I saw the clandestine trucks in action at the Cortez gold mine. After all, it's hard to concentrate when multistory monster-trucks are roaming a near-Martian landscape. Roughly $4.5m apiece, they're the sort of heavy machinery most of us never come into contact with, so join me on a photo-tour of these big-wheeled behemoths.

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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