Ford Motor Company’s Classic F-150 Gets Luxury/Tech Upgrades

It seems that as Ford Motor Company reworks of its best money maker, the F-150, the reworkings are mostly changes to the interior. The changes are luxury oriented including recliner sleeper seats and hands-free technology.

Believe it or not, sleep was a demand of many truck buyers. These buyers purchased almost 900k F-Series trucks last year. This was worth about $42 billion to Ford Motor Company. Perhaps in opposition to many people’s assumptions Ford F-Series customers want something more like a first-class experience in a truck cabin. They don’t want a no-frills work vehicle.

With many competitors from General Motors Company or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offering modern creature comfort in trucks Ford felt the pressure and decided to upgrade the F-150.

The new F-150, available later this year, will provide a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment center matching what its Dodge Ram competitor offers. Additionally, the new F-150 will be available as a hybrid or an EV in about two years according to Ford. The hybrid will include a generator feature that Ford says could power a worksite or home. The F-150 will also become the first Ford to offer over-air software updates just like Tesla has offered for years. The hands-free driving feature is coming from the electric Mustang Mach-E (available later this year).

Carmaker Alliance Sets Up $200 Million Start-Up Fund

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is getting together a $200 million pot to fund a new mobile tech startup. It would be a 40/40/20 split between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi respectively.

The new mobility tech fund due to be unveiled by Chief executive Carlos Ghosn at the CES tech industry show in Las Vegas next month will allow the auto alliance to move fast on acquisitions ahead of their competition.

The new fund will be revealed by the Carlos Ghosn, CE, at the CES tech industry show, Las Vegas, next month. Presumably to get moving on acquisitions ahead of their competition.

Buyers’ new propensity for favoring particular vehicles intended for certain requirements rather than the generally useful autos of today will prompt a decrease in private-auto possession. The expanding velocity of advancement, particularly in programming based frameworks will additionally build interest for upgradeability in secretly utilized autos. Availability, nearby independent innovation, will additionally enable autos to end up a stage for travelers to utilize their opportunity in travel arranged for to gainful exercises.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi finance is being set up as a Dutch-enlisted joint wander headed by Francois Dossa. Renault has made ventures including Marcel, an auto sharing stage based out of Paris, and Jedlix, a Dutch brilliant vehicle-charging innovation creator. Renault’s venture arm took control of bombed on-request taxi-hailing application Karhoo to relaunch the business under new administration.