2017 Ford Super Duty crowned Motor Trend Truck of the Year

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The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty has been chosen as the 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, the first time Super Duty has been awarded the title.

“We are honored to win this year’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Dutys are the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks we’ve ever built,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas.  “For 39 consecutive years, Ford F-Series has been America’s favorite truck, and now Motor Trend has given one of our F-Series top honors for the fifth time.”

Using advanced materials to reduce weight, Super Duty introduces new segment-exclusive smart technology features to help increase customer productivity, comfort and convenience.

The backbone of the truck is a newly designed, fully boxed frame comprising more than 95 percent high-strength steel that’s up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame, enabling best-in-class towing and hauling capability. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy for the body is more dent- and ding-resistant than outgoing steel and not subject to red rust corrosion.

These materials combine to help reduce weight by up to 350 pounds, with Ford engineers reinvesting that savings everywhere it counts to give customers increased towing and hauling capability.

The new F-Series Super Duty line-up also features heavier-duty four-wheel-drive components, driveline, axles and towing hardware.

With towing central to Super Duty’s mission, driving and work situations are intended to be easier and more comfortable with 17 segment-first productivity technologies. Up to seven cameras help drivers see angles and monitor conditions surrounding the truck to make not just conventional towing, but gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing simpler and more efficient. Available adaptive steering also results in improved efficiency and effort.

With more power than ever, the Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel V8 now delivers a best-in-class combination of 440 horsepower and 925 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is standard for every diesel pickup, from F-250 to F-450, with no special tuning or unique hardware required.

“We judge the contenders based on six categories – from design to efficiency to performance – characterizing the things consumers want most in their next vehicle,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor-in-chief. “The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty met and exceeded our criteria, truly proving it is the undisputed leader in towing, capability and power – exactly what truck customers want. Motor Trend is excited to crown this purpose-built machine this year’s Truck of the Year.”