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Its fuel-saving technologies will save over 2 MPG on the highway

Ford today announced the Atlas Concept, which features next-generation EcoBoost technology. The Atlas Concept has an EcoBoost powertrain that uses gasoline direct injection turbocharging. This allows for a 20 percent increase in fuel economy and a 15 percent drop in CO2 emissions. The powertrain also features Auto Start-Stop engine shutoff tech, which (as the name suggests), shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.

The Atlas Concept also looks to save fuel in other ways, such as the Active Grille Shutters that stay open when cooling is needed; Active Wheel Shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics but open at slow speeds; Drop-Down Front Air Dam that lowers at highway speeds for underbody airflow, and Power Running Boards that help passengers enter the truck at rest and move closer to the vehicle when it's traveling for improved aerodynamics.

Using all of these fuel-saving technologies saves roughly 2 MPG on the highway.

In addition to fuel-saving efforts, Ford showed off some other tech that the Atlas is sporting. Some include the 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera for fitting the vehicle in tight places, Dynamic Hitch Assist for an accurate fitting of a hitch using the Atlas' display screen, and LED headlamps and tail lamps for better illumination.

“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”

Last year, it was reported that the F-150 would shed 700 lbs to meet the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These standards stipulate that auto manufacturers meet a fleetwide 54.5 mpg CAFE average by 2025.

The weight savings come from using the lightweight metal aluminum throughout the vehicle, such as the doors, cargo box, fenders, front suspension/steering components, and portions of the interior structure. 

Source: Ford

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RE: Terrible name...
By JDHammer on 1/16/2013 1:01:03 PM , Rating: 2
Never knew fellow mechwarriors looked here... so yes I'd have expected a truck to have a skeleton like head on a f-150 body to complete the ensemble.

/end sarcasm

Besides not having any weapons mounted on this concept, It looks nice, but i'd imagine it'll be more expensive then what's on the road today.

RE: Terrible name...
By Alexvrb on 1/16/2013 11:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
I always preferred Streak missles myself. Go ahead. Fire up those jumpjets... the missles know how to find you.

Anyway, I see nothing (related to fuel consumption) that hasn't been done already except maybe the drop-down air dam. The biggest fuel saving measure is the weight reduction. Unfortunetely, that gets expensive. Full size trucks are already getting ridiculous, I can only shudder to think what a decked-out "F-150 EcoFeather" would cost. But then again it is a concept vehicle - final production vehicle will no doubt be constructed with some compromises.

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