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9th October, 2014

The 2015 model Ford F-Series Super Duty arrives in Australia in this month with the local launch by Harrison F-Trucks, an importer that is able to offer the F-Series range from the F150, through the full range of Super Duty models, the F250, F350, F450, and F550, F-Series Super Duty.

All are backed by Harrison F-Trucks with the Full Volume Silver Australian Compliance that ensures a conversion built to the highest safety standards.

Nic Harrison, Dealer Principal of Harrison F-Trucks said “There are more than 1,000 F-Series on Australian roads which have covered more than 100 million kilometres complied by Harrison F-Trucks partner VDC. This is a clear measure of both our expertise and the quality of our conversions along with the support service we provide to customers.”

Harrison F-Trucks started delivering the F-Series in Australia in 2002 and VDC has been providing legal compliance for right hand drive for the legendary truck since 1982, enabling the two companies to offer an unmatched level of quality, confidence and durability. This has enabled Harrison F-Trucks to offer not just the F-Series model range, but also the complete line-up of trim and equipment variants.

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Offering unbeatable levels of performance, towing capacity and space the F-Series Super Duty is the top version of the F-Series. Equally at home as a workhorse or a tow vehicle for the biggest caravans, the F-Series Super Duty enjoys a unique reputation in the full size ute, or as the American market knows it, truck market.

The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty from Harrison F-Trucks and VDC offers more capability for the new model year, with engine and chassis upgrades that combine to deliver best-in-class power, torque and towing capacity, including an improved Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine, stronger F-450 and a revamped King Ranch model. In addition, for the Australian market the Super Duty now comes with new locally developed and tested configuration for the passenger side airbag.

Under the bonnet of the 2015 F-Series Super Duty is the second-generation 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that now boasts 328 kW, up from 298 kW, and 1,166 Nm of torque, up from 1,084 Nm, across all Super Duty models from F-250 to F-550 brought into Australia by Harrison F-Trucks and VDC.

The 2015 F-450 tops the F-Series Super Duty pick-up truck range with maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity increasing to a class-leading 14.1 tonnes, a gain of 2.9 tonnes. The truck’s gross combined weight rating increases to a class-leading 18.1 tonnes, a gain of 3.1 tonnes.

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F-350 increases maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing capacity as well, to 12.1 tonnes, from 10.5 tonnes, and the gross combined weight rating goes up 2.0 tonnes, to 15.8 tonnes.

The improved ratings are a result of designing and engineering the truck as an integrated system. This approach has enabled the F-Series engineers to optimise performance across the full Super Duty range and Harrison F-Trucks and VDC have made sure these changes are fully available to Australian users.

Key innovations on the 6.7-litre Power Stroke are its compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow lay-out. This segment-exclusive design brought to Australia by Harrison F-Trucks and VDC places the exhaust inside the engine’s V-shape with the air intake positioned on the outside, resulting in a variety of advancements:

  • Shorter airflow from the exhaust system to the new, larger turbocharger sitting between the engine’s cylinder banks improves turbo responsiveness – key to providing torque quickly to truck customers when they need it most

  • Positioning the turbo inside the engine’s valley helps isolate the engine’s hottest temperatures, improving performance and efficiency while also reducing noise, vibration and harshness to enhance driver comfort

Other upgrades include a larger turbocharger for increased airflow, resulting in more power. The compacted graphite iron engine block is stronger yet lighter than cast iron, is more wear-resistant, and has enhanced sealing properties.

A further benefit of the larger turbo in the F-Series provided by Harrison F-Trucks and VDC is improved engine braking, manually controlled by a push-button switch on the dashboard. Extra braking power helps reduce wear and tear on wheel brakes and requires less manual brake application from the driver, especially on downhill grades.

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New injector tips spray a higher flow of atomised fuel into the cylinders, which helps provide additional power, a more complete burn and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. Other benefits include lower emissions and less fuel deposit build-up on the intake valves over time.

The F-350 Super Duty sold by Harrison F-Trucks and VDC is available with a high-capacity towing package that includes new front springs and a wide track axle, increasing the gross combined weight rating with the 6.7-litre Power Stroke engine from 14.5 tonnes to 15.9 tonnes.

Improvements to F-450 that allow it to handle the increased tow rating include commercial-grade 19.5-inch wheels and tyres, upgraded rear U-joints and suspension components with new leaf springs, front and rear anti-roll bars and shock absorbers. The steering system has stronger gears and linkages and the fifth-wheel/gooseneck has increased towing capacity. The brakes, shared with Super Duty chassis cab models, are larger and feature new anti-lock calibration for enhanced performance.

Fitted with a six-speed TorqShift gearbox, the F-Series is available from Harrison F-Trucks and VDC with five trim and equipment levels enabling it to be specified as a uniquely capable workhorse or a serious rival to top end SUVs with level of unrivalled towing capability.

Delivered via its Harrison F-Trucks Melbourne and Sunshine Coast dealerships, the F-Series Super Duty start with a recommended list price* of $105,000* for the F-Series F250 4x2 regular cab.

“The 2015 F-Series Super Duty provides Australian businesses and primary producers with a new vehicle choice, one that carry up to six people in comfort and safety to their workplace while towing up to 15 tonnes all with the durability and reliability that has made the F-Series a true automotive legend,” says Nic Harrison. “At the same time it is a real alternative to the top end SUV and four wheel drive, capable of towing with ease the largest caravans and trailers, while providing luxury and features that rival its conventional competitors, along with space and a visual presence that could only come from a F-Series. I believe that the combination of the new F-Series and Harrison F-Trucks will take the world’s best selling vehicle, one that has been the benchmark for four decades, to a new level of success in Australia.”


* Manufacturer's List Price or Recommended List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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