BY H. THROTTLE
Ford is making a dramatic comeback, not that they ever went anywhere in the first place. Henry Ford has been an icon since he started making Model T cars so Americans could afford a good low priced automobile. Model A’s great success moved onward to a work of art in the Ford Thunderbird, so prized by collectors and owners today. Winners at countless auto shows for the attractive styling and design.
Ford has ceased making standard cars for the time being and if you want a Ford car, go buy a new Lincoln that customers brag about.
To their credit they have kept the Mustang line and use the Shelby name on some of the immense V8 engine models. Mustang has become the Thunderbird of today as a high-performance sports car at a competitive price.
Ford’s first-quarter earnings report released last week has pushed a stock rally and a market cap of $41 billion, surpassing upstart Tesla that passed Ford in 2017. This has pushed the 117-year-old automaker ahead of Tesla by about $900 million, moving the stock up 11 percent last week.
Ford’s wisdom is paying off in the SUV, all-wheel drive line of vehicles and their F-150 pickup-trucks driving US sales. Ford has brought back the F-150 Ranger to the mid-size pickup market, a mini vehicle to the larger F-150 Raptor that arrived in my driveway last week.
This new “Velocity Blue” Raptor Super crew 4×4 is a monster with a suggested manufacturer’s list price of $55,840. Moonroof, tailgate step, technology package and special equipment can drive the price into higher levels depending upon work and play demands.
The driver has to climb into this cab via a running board with handles conveniently located on the door frames for easier access. During the week’s drive an elderly passenger commented on the access handles being placed in exactly the right place for entry, that according to the passenger, “isn’t the case in some vehicles.”
The cabin is spacious with Ricardo bucket seats and impressive dashboard. The Raptor has a 3.5L-V6 EcoBoost high output engine connected to a 10-speed transmission and a special tow mode option.
Horsepower was not provided, but the pickup has plenty of power and the ten-speed transmission provides more than enough muscle in a drive or pulling a boat or trailer. Dual engine oil cool gauges show oil temperatures for hard mountain drives pulling a load. Overall fuel averaged around 15 mpg. with a large fuel tank capacity with a range of over 500 miles on a tank of gas.
The Raptor has all new safety features and a 360-camera angle that is useful in towing with a wide rear screen view. Led lighting and large outside mirrors enhance the safety of this truck. Driving the truck in city traffic was easy and amazing how people give way to a monstrous blue Ford truck with a menacing front grille.
The safety rating on the F-150 Raptor is a perfect five-star and the comfort level and cabin ride is impressive. It would be easy to pull a camper and view America inside this vehicle.
American made in Detroit, Michigan, this truck is a great example of the quality, engineering, and factory assembly of Ford Motor Co. products.
Ford is on the move.
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