- Meets customer needs for new alternative in the low cab forward
- Features best-in-class maneuverability, strongest standard LCF frame
and segment-exclusive V-6 diesel for more power than leading competitor.
- U.S. industry standard frame width for easy vocational conversion.
- Backed by the segment’s most extensive network of commercial truck
LOUISVILLE, KY, March 25, 2004 – The world’s best-selling line of
commercial trucks just got stronger with Ford Motor Company’s introduction
of the all-new 2006 Ford LCF (Low Cab Forward). Ford’s response to
customer demands for a differentiated alternative in the growing tilt cab
segment was unveiled today at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the
Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.
"The low cab forward segment is one of the fastest-growing niches in
the commercial truck industry, with sales up almost 50 percent in the last
decade," said Joe Castelli, Ford Division Commercial Truck Director. "With
the ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage, the Ford LCF is designed to answer an
unmet customer need with a viable, new alternative in what for Ford is a
highly incremental segment."
The new Ford LCF model further strengthens Ford’s complete line of
commercial trucks, which offers twice as many combinations of cab,
vehicle, powertrain and driveline types as the nearest commercial
competitor. Ford aims to maintain its leadership by providing customers an
even more complete one-stop shop with best-in-class vehicles and service
that only its extensive dealer network can provide.
"We know that one truck doesn’t fit all our customers in this market,"
added Castelli. "We’re committed to being the industry’s leading full-line
commercial truck provider with a product to meet every customer need."
Built in and for North America, the Ford LCF offers best-in-class
maneuverability and a segment-exclusive V-6 diesel engine with more power
than the leading competitor. The LCF also boasts the segment’s strongest
standard frame in a U.S. industry standard 34-inch width and a wide range
of configurations for easy vocational conversion compatibility.
The new trucks go into production early next year as 2006 models. Class
4 and 5 configurations, with GVWRs of 16,000, 17,999 and 19,500 pounds,
may be ordered later this year.
Led by its F-350 though F-550 conventional cab models, Ford holds more
than 40 percent of the total commercial truck market. Ford’s commercial
truck line includes F-250 through F-750 pickups and chassis cabs, and
E-Series van, wagon and cutaway models.
CONFIGURATIONS TO MEET EVERY NEED
The Ford LCF is designed for a wide range of uses, from pickup and
delivery to leasing and rental companies, towing and recovery, landscapers
and urban service providers. "It offers exceptional maneuverability
through dense traffic and the agility to park and load in confined areas,"
said Frank Davis, Vehicle Program Director, Pickup Trucks and Commercial
"The Ford LCF is designed for and built in North America, which gives
it a competitive advantage over other tilt cabs sold here but designed for
Asian markets," Davis added.
Among its key features, the Ford LCF has:
- Best-in-class maneuverability with the segment’s tightest turning
diameters, although the shortest Ford LCF wheelbase is four inches
longer the leading competitor.
- A segment-exclusive V-6 diesel engine with more power than the LCF
leader in Classes 4 and 5. With 200 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of
torque, the Power Stroke ® 4.5L V-6 diesel is paired with Ford’s proven
TorqShift® 5-speed electronic automatic transmission.
- A "Built Ford Tough" chassis, based on a proven Ford Super Duty
chassis to meet North American needs. The Ford LCF frame is the
segment’s strongest, with cross-members joined by segment-exclusive Huck
bolts for the highest assembly integrity and longevity. In Resisting
Bending Moment (RBM), a key strength metric, the segment leader has an
RBM of 316K in.-ft. compared to 461K for the Ford LCF.
- Unlike competitors, the Ford LCF has a U.S. industry standard frame
width of 34 inches, plus Axle-to-Frame (AF) choices compatible with the
industry-leading chassis cab – the Ford F-350 to F-550 Super Duty.
- With four AF choices, five Cab-to-Axle (CA) options and five
wheelbase lengths, the range of Ford LCF configurations fits many
vocational second-unit bodies, including multi-length van and dump truck
units, along with stake trucks, tow trucks and utility vehicles.
- For reduced downtime, it offers a choice of fuel tank capacities.
Depending on wheelbase and configuration, choices include the standard
40-gal. tank located rear of the axle and between the frame rails, an
optional 35-gal. side-mounted tank or dual side tanks with a capacity of
The new Ford LCF provides more power than its major competitor. The
Power Stroke ® 4.5L V-6 diesel delivers 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and
440 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,850 rpm. And its V-6 design, with inherently
smooth performance, is exclusive in the Class 4 and 5 tilt cab segment.
The Power Stroke ® diesel is paired with Ford’s proven TorqShift®
5-speed electronic automatic transmission, which debuted in 2003 on F-250
through F-550 Super Duty diesel trucks. Compared to earlier four-speed
truck automatics, the TorqShift® features improved gear ratios, higher
capacity pumps for better cooling, more robust components and simplified
These contribute to improved fuel economy, reliability and smoother,
quieter shifts. The transmission is designed to allow lower engine idle
and torque converter lockup speeds for improved fuel economy.
The standard powertrain also features the popular Tow-Haul mode to help
when drivers tow loads up and down steep grades. Going uphill, the
powertrain controller automatically adjusts the shift points to keep the
engine in its maximum power zone with no gear hunting. And downhill, a tap
on the brakes automatically downshifts the transmission to help slow the
vehicle. An optional power take-off provision also is available to run
The Ford LFC further augments Ford's commercial portfolio, responding
to customer and dealer needs for one-stop shopping. Along with package
efficiency, it provides a large glass area and unsurpassed lines of sight
for exceptional visibility, and superior maneuverability – the smallest
LCF turning radius – for agility in urban environments. It is also
driver-friendly, for easy handling and operation, and easy to maintain and
service, with the tilt cab providing unobstructed engine access.
LOW CAB FORWARD MARKET
Low cab forward trucks, also known as tilt cabs, provide a roomy cab
where drivers sit over the engine and a set-back front axle. Various
second-unit bodies are designed for specialized applications, especially
in congested urban areas where the truck’s payload is leveraged by its
small, agile footprint.
Ford's new LCF truck will satisfy customer needs for a differentiated
new entrant in the growing LCF segment. The current Class 3-5 cab forward
segment comprises annual sales of about 24,000 units – but growth
projections show sales of 40,000 units by 2010.
Truck showroom research shows that tilt cab customers are extremely
loyal and that 76 percent of tilt cab customers' second choice is another
tilt cab. Once customers choose tilt cabs, they tend to stick with them.
Tilt or low cab forward customers understand that minimal downtime
contributes to total cost of vehicle ownership and directly impacts their
The LCF is being developed as part of the Blue Diamond joint venture
(JV) and will be assembled at the JV’s Escobedo, Mexico facility. The
joint venture was formed in February 2001 to build a variety of commercial
trucks to be marketed and serviced separately by Ford and its JV partner.
In September 2002, Ford debuted its 2004 F-650 and F-750 Super Duty
trucks, the first products to result from the joint venture. The 2004
models offer extensive breadth and depth of product with a choice of three
cab configurations, three diesel engine options and 38 wheelbase choices,
allowing the trucks to be easily upfitted across a wide variety of body
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets
across six continents. With more than 328,000 employees worldwide, the
company’s automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land
Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services
include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz. Ford Motor Company celebrated
its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.
HOME PAGE 1 2 3