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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-150Ford'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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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