Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 (earlier post) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.
In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers.
In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004—Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7% in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots—well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days.
In 2011, Ford announced a $1.1 billion-investment to retool and expand Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of both F-150 and the Transit full-size van family. Similar to the work Dearborn Truck Plant received, 13 weeks were spent upgrading Kansas City Assembly Plant with the latest in advanced materials and forming and joining technologies to support F-150’s innovative manufacturing process.
Among the upgrades to the facility is an all-new body shop with more than 500 new robots:
Robots to conduct state-of-the-art joining using riveting and structural adhesives.
More compact robots to install roof and door panels and to transfer the light-weighted truck to final assembly, resulting in a smaller manufacturing footprint.
Robots with cameras to scan truck body to ensure the highest quality standards are met.