2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150: The world's best-selling truck goes aluminum to be lighter, faster, and stronger

DETROIT -- 763,402 sales in 2013. That'd be a huge number for just about any product you can think of, but when you consider that's how many F-150s Ford moved in 2013 alone, it's an eye-opening feat. That's fully 40 percent of the US truck market, capping off the 37th consecutive year as America's best-selling truck. And 2013 marked the 32nd year it's been the best-selling car of any kind in the US.

The F-series dates back to 1966. In 2014, it gets a complete makeover, including plenty of new tech. Rather than just cameras for backing up, the new truck has four, providing a full bird's-eye, 360-degree view. Drivers can now see exactly what's around them on all sides, which should make navigating around cramped job sites (or Walmart parking lots) a fair bit easier. The front camera can also be triggered when pulling out from intersections, providing a much safer view of oncoming traffic.

The new truck makes extensive use of LED lighting, including optional LED headlights. Lights are also built into the mirrors that shine out and down, lighting up the ground around the doors, and lighting in the bed has also been augmented. There's a remote tailgate release, dampened by hydraulic pistons, and a 400-watt, three-prong outlet situated right on the dashboard. It's intended for charging tools, but we can't help imagining the joys of topping up MacBooks while road-tripping. When off the road, an integrated gyro displays roll and pitch on the 8-inch dash-mounted LCD.

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