2015 F-150 Wins Yankee Cup for Trucks
It’s a pretty impressive feat for an automaker to be able to say that one of their models is an award-winner before it even hits the market. It’s even more impressive when the award in question is handed down in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ford can now make such a claim when it comes to their all-new 2015 F-150, which earned the Yankee Cup for trucks from the New England Motor Press Association.
NEMPA uses input from MIT to determine which automotive feature, system, or vehicle makes extraordinary leaps toward making driving safer, cheaper, and more fun. The F-150 took top honors this year for many of the industry- and segment-first innovations that have made it the most-patented truck in Ford history.
“When reviewing all the entries for the Yankee Cup, we couldn’t help but notice the F-150 is loaded with innovation,” said Craig Fitzgerald, New England Motor Press Association president. “We all know this vehicle is Built Ford Tough, but now it is both tough and smart – helping to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation.”
Patents and patent applications for the 2015 F-150 include the segment-first remote tailgate release, a fully-integrated tailgate step, BoxLink™ cargo management system, 360-degree camera view, and aluminum-alloy cargo box.
“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the team behind the all-new Ford F-150,” said Pete Reyes, F-150 chief engineer. “With the 2015 F-150, Ford is teaching the world how to build a next-generation truck, and the more than 100 patents the F-150 team has filed for technologies prove these Ford engineers and designers are innovative leaders in the automotive industry.”