Ford keeps some 10-speed equipped F-150 and Raptors for additional tests

Last Updated: January 11, 2017By Tags: , , , ,

Trucks from Ford’s 2017 F-150 and Raptor with a new 10-speed transmission start coming on some dealer a lot last month. The producer said it is keeping some models for additional test as portion of its normal launch .

Ford said that more than 7,500 trucks were released for sale after  about 15,000 that had been hold to provide quality. It’s going to be at expected inventory levels around the end of the year.

Ford started delivering 2017 F-150s in October

Ford started delivering 2017 F-150s in October. The first trucks with the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and new 10-speed transmission started shipping a month later in November, Ford spokesman Mike Levine said. Ford had said before the F-150 with the 10-speed transmission would ship by mid- to late October.

“The Wall Street Journal” said that shipping will be were postponed for a month as Ford elaborated an undiscovered problem with the new gearboxes. Problem has been resolved.

“Launches are complex, and every one of them presents different challenges and opportunities,” Ford said in a statement. “Our process is to work through any issues and ensure that our customers receive a quality vehicle.”

Ford’s president for the American market, Joe Hinrichs, told Reuters on few days ago that Ford was “holding [trucks] longer so we could do more testing and make sure everything is right before we release them.”

Last week leastways one local dealer heard in a call with Ford that the cars were “on hold,” without a reason.

Levine said that keeping new models is a ordinary practice for all of Ford’s launches, specially for engines or transmissions,

“Building and holding new models for additional testing is a quality process that has been part of our standard for more than a decade,” said Levine.

Dealers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Virginia have all  pictures for promotion of the new truck with the 10-speed transmission at the moment.

The 10-speed transmission made with crosstown competition General Motors, is available on the 2017 F-150 pickup with the new V-6 EcoBoost. The transmission accentuates optimized gear spacing for upgraded acceleration and towing, and uses steel, aluminum and many diifferent composites for saving weight.

Ford presented plans for spendind $1.4 billion in developing of its Livonia Transmission Factory for the new 10-speed transmission earlier this year. The investment made 500 jobs.

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