Ford F-150 named 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year
Aluminum body shaves up to 700 pounds off vehicle weight to improve fuel economy.
TORONTO — The Ford F-150 has been declared 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
This is the second time that the F-150 has earned the overall Canadian Truck of the Year title, having previously won in 2004. It is the fourth time for the Ford Motor Company to claim overall top honours having also won in 2011 (Ford Edge), 2009 (Ford Flex), 2004 (F-150).
Ford’s 2015 F-150 has a body built almost entirely (97%) out of aluminum, which shave as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck. The automaker said the change is the result of a response to small-business owners’ desire for a more fuel-efficient and nimble truck. Stricter government requirements on fuel economy were also a factor in the truck’s new design.
“We are honoured that the 2015 F-150 has been named AJAC’s 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. “Our game-changing use of aluminum alloy is raising the competitive bar for pick-ups and we are humbled to be considered an innovator in the industry, committed to providing our customers the most capable and fuel efficient pick-up ever.”
Fifteen “Best New” category winners were eligible for the top honours after being announced on December 2, 2014. Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Subaru were all double winners. Other category winners were BMW, Ford, Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The fifteen “Best New” categories cover the full new-model spectrum, including “Best New Small Car,” “Best New Luxury Car,” and “Best New SUV/CUV.” Most mainstream categories are further divided by price, such as over or under $35,000, to better provide fair and relevant comparison.
Category winners are selected by 73 automotive journalists who gathered this October in Niagara Falls, Ont. for the five-day “TestFest” test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed vehicle models.