Ford Delays Launch of the 2009 F-150
With truck sales plummeting and inventories stacking up at dealerships, Ford has announced the redesigned 2009 Ford F-150 will be delayed by two months. This will push back the availability of the truck to the fourth quarter of 2008, and is intended to give dealers more time to sell their existing trucks. To help dealers clean out the 2008 models, Ford has been deeply discounting the F-Series, with cash incentives of up to $3,000, employee pricing offers, and financing incentives that range from 0.0% to 3.9% backed by $1,000 bonus cash.
Here is a snippet from the recent 2009 Ford F-150 preview by Jeffrey Ross:
Ford gave the F-150 a look that isn't a huge departure from the previous model, while incorporating many design cues similar to other Ford Trucks. From the Expedition-like headlights and grille to the taillights and brushed metal tailgate appliquÃ© similar to the upcoming Ford Flex, the F-150 is unmistakably Ford.
Like its predecessor, the 2009 F-150 features the big-rig styling in the front doors with the stepped down beltline for better visibility through the side mirrors. To further itself from some of the competition, Ford equipped the F-150 with the built-in tailgate step that was an instant success on the 2008 Super Duty. The upscale Platinum model offers automatic folding side steps and retractable cargo box side steps for easier access of items toward the front of the bed.
For commercial purposes, the regular cab and SuperCab F-150s will offer side-mounted storage compartments built into the bed that feature lockable, watertight doors an additional 26.3 cubic feet of safe and secure storage.