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Ford to save 3,000+ trees per year by committing to digital owner's manual for F-150

The F-150's infotainment screen will now house its owner's manual.

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The Burj Khalifa stands tall dominating the Dubai skyline. At 2,716 feet, it's the tallest building in the world. The second, third, and fourth tallest are, respectively, the Shanghai Tower (2,073 feet), Makkah Royal Clock Tower (1,972 feet), and Ping An Finance Center (1,965 feet). Together, they amount to 8,726 feet of skyscraper.

Add that amount to the total height of of rest of the top nine tallest buildings in the world and you still fall short of where you need to be to measure how many feet of paper Ford will be saving by converting the owners manual of the 2021 Ford F-150 to an all-digital format. That's not end-to-end, that's stacked one page on top of the next.

2021 Ford F-150 Ford's advanced technology allows for over-the-air updates making owner's manual supplements unnecessary as well. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford's version of the supplemental guide was destined to account for 290 tons of paper used each year. That's the equivalent to the weight of 122 F-150s, saving around 3,100 trees per year from the slaughter. The Lorax would be proud.

What will owners use as a reference tool now? The owner's manual isn't going away completely. Ford will house a digital version of it inside the F-150's infotainment touch screen.

The new feature allows users to search the manual using keywords, find out the traditional information that they'd need to look up in a paper manual, and stream videos for help. Additionally, the standard Wi-Fi connection and ability to receive over-the-air updates in the F-150 will allow Ford to update the manual rather than send out mailed supplements that would traditionally be squeezed into the glove box alongside a paper manual between some extra napkins and up against a tire pressure gauge.

By now, most automakers have set goals for how to become more sustainable companies. In June, Ford made news by committing to become a carbon neutral company. Along with committing to using renewable energy, the company is adhering to the conditions laid out in the Paris Climate Accord, and working to upcycle materials into vehicles.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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Three two-women teams will compete in a new Bronco or Bronco Sport.

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As the pandemic ramped up last summer, auto event organizers were canceling left and right to avoid gathering groups of people to spread the virus. A few events went on, especially outdoor racing events such as the Rebelle Rally. The all-woman off-road event covers desert terrain in Nevada and California, and this year Ford Motor Company is sending three teams to compete in different versions of the Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs.

All three teams will compete in some sort of Bronco SUV. Shelby Hall and Penny Dale, who drive a Bronco Sport in last year's Rebelle Rally, return to the competition in 2021, this time with a Bronco two-door. Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will pilot a Bronco Sport in the X-cross class and novice racers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant from accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts will drive a four-door Bronco in the 4x4 class.


2021 Rebelle Rally Two Broncos and a Bronco Sport will compete. Ford


The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are both Badlands models. The two-door Bronco is a Wildtrak model. All of the SUVs have been decked out in special Bronco 4600-inspired race livery. The two-door Bronco will enter the competition equipped with the Sasquatch package, but will otherwise retain is factory stock configuration. The Bronco Sport will also remain stock, other than having its back seat removed. Ford says the 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the four-door Bronco.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally in the United States. Teams are not allowed to use electronic maps, such as in-dash navigation or mapping tools built into smartphones. Ford says its teams will disable the features in the Broncos they'll be driving in the event.


2021 Rebelle Rally The Bronco Sport will remain stock, but will have its back seats removed.Ford

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