2015 Ford F-150: From Seats to Bumpers, No Part Overlooked to Reduce Weight

DEARBORN, Mich., April 6, 2015 – Ford engineers responsible for the all-new F-150 were tasked with taking weight out of the truck while improving its capability to accomplish all of the work owners expect of the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever. While many already know that the increased use of high-strength steel throughout the frame and the first-in-class military-grade, aluminum-alloy body led to approximately 450 pounds of weight savings, there’s more to the story, as engineers took approximately 250 pounds of additional weight from seats, bumpers and lots of other places. Every pound shaved from a variety of components returns capability back to the customer, so that the all-new F-150 can achieve its best-in-class payload of 3,300 pounds* and best-in-class towing of 12,200 pounds**. F-150 also offers a best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy rating†.

Class is full-size pickups under 8,500 pounds GVWR
*When properly equipped with 5.0-liter V8, 4x2
**When properly equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, 4x2
†EPA-estimated rating of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 4x2. Actual mileage will vary
About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


Ask An Owner: The Benefits of BusinessLink®, Robert Boltz Edition

In today’s commercial vehicle market, the “total truck package” includes more than just capability, durability and reliability; it also includes incomparable customer service and an ongoing relationship with a dealer who understands your needs. In other words, it includes BusinessLink®, the business program from FCA that pairs business owners with the right vehicles while offering a wide selection of services, incentives and member perks.

To learn how small-business owners can benefit from the BusinessLink® program, please enjoy this video testimonial from Robert Boltz, owner of Around the Ground Landscaping in Bernville, Pennsylvania.


Harbor Low-Pro Workmaster on E350 Cut Away Allows for Plenty of Space

This Low-Pro Harbor WorkMaster is on a single rear wheel E350 Cutaway Chassis. The Cutaway chassis has a number of advantages. First, it is lower to the ground because of the way the frame is designed. Second, this one has a very similar wheelbase to that of an 8' pickup truck, and yet this has a 10' body. This means that you can have about the same footprint, but carry much more cargo.

With the Low-Pro body, this allows entrance to almost anywhere that a regular cargo van can go, and yet, again, this has a lot of storage for parts, tools, and other equipment.

See more about the Harbor WorkMaster at http://www.htbi.net.

Find out more about Ford Cut Aways at: http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/eseries-cutaway/


New Transit Leads Ford Motor Company to More Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards Than Any Other Carmaker

DEARBORN, Mich., April 13, 2015 – Ford Motor Company won 11 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2015 – more than any other manufacturer – led by the new 2015 Transit. Ford Transit is America’s best-selling commercial van, leading Ford this year to its best first-quarter commercial sales performance since 1995. Transit was determined to be the best value for fleets in five out of Vincentric’s six full-size van categories:
  • Full-Size ½-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 150 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size ½-Ton Passenger Van – Ford Transit 150 XL Wagon Low Roof
  • Full-Size ¾-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 250 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size 1-Ton Cargo Van – Ford Transit 350 Medium Roof
  • Full-Size 1-Ton Passenger Van – Ford Transit 350 XL Low Roof
The Ford Transit Connect XLT short-wheelbase midsize van was named Best Fleet Value in Vincentric’s Mini Passenger Commercial Van category. This recognition builds on Transit Connect’s earlier distinction as ALG’s Best Resale Value among midsize commercial vans. Three other Ford models also were honored with Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards:
  • Large Sedan – Ford Taurus SE 2.0-liter EcoBoost (sixth consecutive win for Taurus)
  • Large Crossover – Ford Explorer XLT 2.0-liter EcoBoost (third consecutive win for Explorer)
  • Large SUV – Ford Expedition XL 2WD (second consecutive win for Expedition)
Two Lincoln models round out the 11 Vincentric awards earned by Ford Motor Company. Read more details at http://www.vincentric.com/Home/Best-Value-Awards/2015-Best-Value-in-America/2015-Best-Fleet-Value-in-America-Winners-List/2015-Best-Fleet-Value-in-America-Press-Release. Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are based on fleet lifecycle costs in eight key areas: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Winning vehicles have the lowest lifecycle costs across 20 different ownership and mileage scenarios – ranging from 24 months of ownership/10,000 miles annually to 60 months of ownership/30,000 miles annually.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


Ram Trucks Guinness Record Feature

Owners of more than 400 Ram trucks gathered outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on 4/18/15 where they set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest parade of pickup trucks," The event was in conjunction with Ram truck's 6-year association with the Academy of Country Music Awards.


CargoGlide helps Fastenal workers

This video demonstrates how CargoGlide helps Fastenal Industrial Supply workers and prevents damaged tailgates on Fastenal trucks.


MLB Catcher’s Mask: High Strength Steel – 2015 Silverado 2500HD | Chevrolet

Chevy Silverado. Made from High-Strength Steel. Chevrolet. The official vehicle of Major League Baseball, and proud supporter of youth baseball everywhere.

To learn more about the Chevy Trucks lineup visit: http://www.chevrolet.com/trucks.html.


Isuzu with Harbor Highliner Provides for Lots of Storage

This Isuzu chassis. is complete with a Harbor Highliner Body and Rack

The 11' Service Body with closed top lids and upper section is add on. The doors swing up making them particularly useful for certain items. This body is also outfitted with some plastic boxes for storage of small items.

What a great combination if you are looking for lots of storage!

This Highliner is also outfitted with a sturdy square tubing rack extended over the cab.
See more at http://www.htbi.net/, or give us a call at 1-800-433-9452.

Rydell Chevrolet - A Harbor Dealer in Northridge, CA

Rydell Chevrolet is located in Northridge, our dealership serves customers from Thousand Oaks, Burbank, and the Simi Valley area.

You can browse our inventory of new Chevys and pre-owned vehicles, get a quote, research financing, order parts, or schedule a service appointment right on our website. Our experienced, friendly staff at our dealership is looking forward to helping you find the vehicle you're looking for.

As a customer you get both our best price right up front and serve you will love! We know you want it all: a good deal and more importantly, a hassle-free car buying experience too.

We serve as the alternative Chevrolet dealer for Burbank, CA Chevy customers.

Contact Rydell Chevrolet
18600 Devonshire Street
Northridge, CA 91324
(866) 697-5167



Ask An Owner: Ram Trucks for Painters, Marvin Couch Edition

You don’t find success in business unless you make smart decisions that align with your brand’s core values. For Marvin Couch of Environmental Painting Alternatives in Orlando, Florida, that means purchasing trucks and vans like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and the Ram ProMaster, two vehicles that achieve great gas mileage* without sacrificing capability.

Follow this link for the rest of the story, including a video  http://blog.chryslercommercialvehicles.com/2015/04/02/ask-owner-ram-trucks-painters-marvin-couch-edition/:


Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup.

The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed.

Since it made CNG available in late 2012, Ram has sold about 1,000 of the trucks. Dave Sowers, head of commercial marketing for Ram, said expanding the availability of CNG should boost sales to fleet buyers looking for a smaller, less expensive CNG truck.

Ram officials announced the expansion of the CNG option Wednesday at the Association for the Work Truck Industry national trade show in Indianapolis.

Despite the recent drop in gasoline prices, CNG’s popularity among fleet buyers has continued to grow. The CNG equivalent of a gallon of gasoline costs roughly $1.50, compared with the national average of $2.45 for a gallon of unleaded regular, according to Gasbuddy.com.

CNG-powered vehicles also produce less pollution than gasoline-propelled cars and light trucks.

Ram builds and covers the warranty on its CNG trucks, instead of farming the modifications out to an upfitter. General Motors and Ford don’t build their own CNG trucks but instead work with outside companies to convert trucks to CNG.

Ram’s CNG trucks also can run on gasoline, so a driver who runs out of CNG will not be stranded. Most fleet operators with CNG trucks maintain their own source of the gas and operate the trucks on defined routes.

Though CNG costs less than gasoline, trucks using the fuel must be refilled more often. A Ram truck has a range of about 250 miles on a tank of CNG. It is powered by the company’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

The CNG tank is placed in the bed of the truck, just behind the cab.


GMC Sierra Regular Cab 1-ton with Harbor Combo Body

What a very impressive work truck this is. It's a  GMC Sierra Regular Cab 1-ton, model TC31003 with a Harbor  10' Combo Body w/Stainless Steel Lids, HD Forklift Loadable Rack, Class IV Receiver and 7-pin Trailer Plug. This body also has some special order options including, Raised Curbside Front Compartment, Vented w/Bottle Brackets & Rings for Short Gas Bottles, and includes two shelves, Class V Receiver w/7-pin Trailer Plug, Fold-Down Steel Gates Around The Rear.

Great short turning radius and shorter overall length and wheelbase means better maneuverability where ever your work takes you, and this useful Combo Body makes getting the work done more efficient with plenty of storage, for a wide variety of tools, along with a great workspace.



DECKED Truck Bed Organizer and Storage System - ABTL Auto Extras

The DECKED truck bed organizing system was really born out of the fact that many pickup owners live their lives out of the back of their trucks. The initial goal was to build something made in America, spatially efficient, ergonomic, and weather proof. The DECKED system is comprised of a set of waterproof drawers that can each hold up to 200 lbs. and run on rollers. You still keep some of the utility by having room on top of the DECKED system to load items.


Harbor Side Mounted Ladder Rack for Service Bodies - Easy Load + Unload

The Harbor side-mounted ladder rack is easy to load and unload. Notice the sloped to the side design.
Ladders can be securely transported. Its a simple, economical solution to carry your ladder.

Call us at 800-433-9452 for more information, and visit our website at http://www.htbi.net/.


Harbor 14' Saw Body - Lift, Haul and Store

The Harbor Saw Body is used for by contractors for concrete cutting contractors. It is as functionally effective as it is good looking.It has huge locking compartments to keep large saw blades and other gear out of the weather and out of sight.

The lift gate serves two purposes, one being the obvious one to lift the equipment onto the bed area and the other to provide a backstop to secure the equipment in place and prevent it from rolling off the back of the bed! See more Saw Bodies at http://www.htbi.net/truckbodies/sawbody.html

Visit our website at www.htbi.net for more information or call Harbor at 800-433-9452.


Meet the Female Engineers Driving Ford

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, several of our leading female engineers share what they would say to inspire young women and girls to enter the STEM field.

“It’s OK to be feminine, and to be who you are. You don’t have to act like a man to be in a male-dominated field and relate to men.”

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