2011 Ford F-59 Super Duty Commercial Chassis Unveiled In... Chicago?S

With all the hubbub surrounding the Geneva Motor Show, nobody expected the unveil of the Ford F-59 Super Duty Commercial Chassis to happen at the National Truck Equipment Association Trade Show in Chicago. Haha! Surprise!

Ford got out of the big truck business a few years ago when they sold the commercial line to Sterling, but it seems they're interested in returning in at least a skeletal capacity. The F-59 Commercial Chassis is what you might call "basic transportation." For your commercial dollar you get an industrial grade ladder frame, front and rear axles, a 6.8 liter V10 with a five speed automatic transmission and the associated accoutrements, steering systems and that's about it. Chassis are available in 158, 178 and 208 inch wheelbases able to handle 16,000, 19,500 and 22,000 pound gross vehicle weight ratings respectively. See, who needs some fancy-pants European car show when you can get the same excitement in Chicago.

(Main man Mark Fields must have drawn the short straw as he's stuck in Chi-town while all the other Ford bigs are no-doubt enjoying the clean Swiss air and surrounding mountain vistas. They're both windy and cold, but you pick your battles.)

FORD REVEALS NEW 2011 F-59 SUPER DUTY® COMMERCIAL STRIPPED CHASSIS

* Ford re-enters a critical commercial vehicle market with the 2011 F-59 Super Duty® commercial stripped chassis, in multiple wheelbase lengths and respective Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR)
* F-59 features a durable, efficient 6.8-liter Triton® V-10 gasoline engine, a TorqShift® five-speed automatic overdrive transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and premium Bilstein® shock absorbers
* Adaptable to a wide variety of task-specific applications, the F-59 Stripped commercial stripped chassis will be available in early 2010

CHICAGO, March 3, 2009 – Ford expands its commercial stripped chassis offerings with the new F-59 Super Duty® delivering an impressive combination of generous payload capacity, low step-in and loading heights, and proven reliability and durability. The new chassis is being unveiled today at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) trade show.

"The F-59 Super Duty chassis brings significant Ford commercial vehicle expertise to a unique commercial segment," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "These three new offerings expand our stripped chassis portfolio, helping more customers address their task-specific applications."

Robust and Adaptable
The 2011 F-59 Super Duty commercial stripped chassis is based on a ladder-type, single channel frame constructed from 36,000 pounds per square inch steel. This solid foundation is available in 158-, 178- and 208-inch wheelbase lengths, at respective 16,000, 19,500 and 22,000 pound Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR).

These size and cargo capabilities allow body manufacturers and operators to tailor the
F-59 stripped chassis to specific application and subsequent needs. This chassis will be ideal for multi-stop couriers and expeditors, linen and commercial laundry services, printed media delivery, carpet delivery and installation, parcel portage, mobile machine shops, portable medical units and food/beverage delivery, among others.

Commercial customers can refer to www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/topics/bodybuild.html when F-59 is available for order, to evaluate body and upfit options for their stripped chassis to suit individual business applications and task-specific needs.

Durable and Efficient
The F-59 Super Duty commercial stripped chassis is powered by the 6.8-liter, three-valve per cylinder, Triton® V-10 gasoline powered engine, delivering 362 horsepower and 457 ft.-lbs. of torque. This advanced engine features a single overhead camshaft and electronic fuel injection for responsive power and precise fuel metering for enhanced fuel economy. It also meets all applicable 2012 emissions standards.

The Triton V-10 engine is mated to the TorqShift® five-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Developed specifically for service in tough, commercial truck duty cycles, the TorqShift transmission features a rugged torque converter and large capacity fluid pump for optimized cooling and durability. A fifth-gear overdrive ratio of 0.71 enhances overall vehicle efficiency while use of a low-viscosity transmission fluid helps improve fuel economy.

The TorqShift transmission also features the Ford exclusive tow-haul mode to delay upshifts and help reduce the frequency of "gear hunting" when under extreme loads. This mode also allows engine braking in all forward gears when the transmission selector is in the ‘D" position. The Dana rear axles feature "lubed for life" synthetic lubrication for reduced maintenance and a 5.38 to 1 final drive ratio for enhanced pulling power.

Rugged and Dependable
The robust F-59 frame is supported by a rugged suspension system, developed to F-Series Super Duty toughness standards, while providing both operator and cargo with a smooth ride. Developed from the successful F-53 motor home platform, the F-59 dramatically expands the Ford portfolio of stripped commercial chassis above 14,500 GVWR.

The monobeam front axle has an 8,000 pound capacity. It's located by a pair of 63-inch taper-leaf springs and premium gas-pressurized Bilstein® shock absorbers and a sturdy stabilizer bar. The 22,000 GVWR chassis also is equipped with heavy-duty front track bar – unique to Ford –that contributes to enhanced steering, ride and vehicle handling.

F-59 uses a TRW heavy-duty steering gear, large linkage and pitman arms and power assistance with a cooler. The 50-degree wheel cut and 17.5-inch steering wheel provide enhanced agility and maneuverability.

Front and rear four-wheel disc brakes with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) are standard across the F-59 range. Brakes are power-assisted while ABS features three-sensor, three-channel actuation in 16,000- and 19,500-pound GVWR configurations. The 22,000-pound GVWR offering has four-sensor, four-channel ABS. Both an internal "Park" pawl and a foot-actuated driveline drum brake keep the F-59 firmly in place, when parked.

Rear suspension on the F-59 consists of 64-inch long tapered multi-leaf springs, premium gas-pressurized Bilstein shock absorbers, a robust stabilizer bar and variable rate jounce bumpers.

User-Friendly and Accessible
Low operator step-in and an optimized H-point make for easy ingress and egress. Drivers are provided with a full complement of gauges including speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, oil pressure, engine hour meter, coolant temperature, fuel and transmission temperature gauges. A message center with outside air temperature, distance to empty and average fuel consumption is also included.

While finalized pricing has not yet been announced, the scale and range of Ford Commercial Truck offerings ensure that F-59 will represent a significant value for buyers in this segment.