2009 Ford F-150 Gets Top Tow Rating Of 11,300 Pounds

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Ford has announced that the redesigned 2009 F-150 pickup will have best-in-class towing capacity of 11,300 pounds, up 300 pounds from the 2008 model, according to PickupTrucks.com. The weight rating is 500 pounds greater than that found on its nearest competitor, the Toyota Tundra, and marks an important competitive edge in the rapidly shrinking half-ton pickup market. Though Ford doesn't specify the configuration that will be rated for 11,300 pounds, expect it to be a 5.4-liter 2WD equipped with any optional towing packages. So, what changed?

Ford claims to have re-engineered the number three crossmember, allowing it to provide more torsional and lateral rigidity, providing the extra strength needed for the increased rating. And we're not surprised Ford is crowing about it: With the importance of contractor and work-truck sales in the face of a diminishing consumer pickup market, capability is again going to be the deciding factor in a lot of truck purchases. [PickupTrucks.com]

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seems to me that the domestic makers' dev cycle is just too damn long to be competitive. once they are locked into a mindset (lately it was more horses at any cost) they can't turn the wheel hard or fast enough to not hit the proverbial iceburg.

so we see musclecars and trucks that can haul with nicer interiors bowing, just as the market has confirmed that folks want high mileage crap boxes.

I would say that foreign makers have an advantage, since they have a broader portfolio to draw on and can shift to smaller cars that they already make elsewhere, but neither Ford nor GM have that excuse. They make plenty of small cars elsewhere but leave us with the bottom of the barrel (Aveo, this means you).

So I guess that just leaves us with the theory that domestic makers aren't as well managed as others. Which I hate to finally admit to myself, as I am a longtime fan of the US auto industry.