TORRANCE, CA – The 2007 Ford F-150 upheld its reputation among fleet industry professionals as it brought home Fleet Truck of the Year honors for the second straight year. Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, this year’s annual Fleet Truck of the Year competition featured 38 domestic and import-badged 2007-MY light trucks. Qualified fleet buyers voted online via the magazines’ shared Web site, www.fleet-central.com. The best-selling pickup for 29 years, the F-150 is available in five series — XL, XLT, STX, FX4, and Lariat — and offers a variety of body configurations, including three cab choices (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), three box lengths (5.5, 6.5, and 8 feet), and two box styles. All versions are standard-equipped with tailgate assist. The SuperCab and SuperCrew feature two rows of seating and four doors for easy access. The 2007 F-150 is powered by either a 4.2L V-6 202-horsepower or 4.6L Triton V-8 248-horsepower engine in both 4x2 and 4x4 capacities. The F-150 also offers a 5.4L three-valve Triton V-8 300-horsepower engine with variable cam timing and electronic throttle control, also available as an E-85 option. The V-6 is mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, while the V-8 is equipped with a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Torque-based electronic throttle control uses driver input from the accelerator pedal to actively modulate torque at the drive wheels. The technology produces seamless engine response and improved fuel economy. Earning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Five-Star rating for driver and right-front passenger frontal crash rating, safety features include Ford’s Personal Safety System and occupant-sensing technology for front-row passengers. The frontal airbag offers multiple deployment levels based on seat position, seatbelt use, and crash severity. Four-wheel vented-disc anti-lock brakes and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are offered as standard, while Traction Assist can be ordered on 4x2 V-8 models. The F-150 provides best-in-class towing at up to 10,500 lbs., with a maximum payload capacity of 3,050 lbs. The truck can also achieve up to 15/20-mpg city/highway, depending on engine and drivetrain. Inside, the F-150 features 40/20/40-split-front-bench seating, except in the Lariat. A modular overhead rail system allows more storage options.
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