How the Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Truck Is so Darn Cheap
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning caught our attention for two reasons: it is an electric full-size pickup, and it’s set to wear a starting price of $41,669 when it goes on sale in May 2022. Weeks after the electric Lightning was unveiled to the public, people are still talking about it, thanks to its relatively affordable pricing and solid performance. In fact, the Lightning is set to take the title as the quickest F-150 model thanks to its estimated 4.4-second 0-60-mph time. Credit the truck's two electric motors, which provide 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.
The 2022 Ford Super Duty pickups only recently got to dealer lots, and it came hauling a load — a small price increase. In a letter to dealers that Cars Direct got eyes on, Ford cited the need for "competitive pricing action" in raising the MSRPs of the F-250, F-350 and F-450 by $250 as of today, August 23. Trucks that had been ordered and invoiced before today pay the lower price, and certain kinds of orders signed no later than August 20 can be turned in to Ford by August 26. For the rest, the 2022 F-250 now starts at $36,645 including a $1,695 destination fee. The F-350 starts at $38,160, the F-450 at $58,825. There's no change in the price of the F-150, which is holding steady at $30,985 after destination.
A small victory: Used-car prices slip from dizzy heights
A small victory: Used-car prices slip from dizzy heights (Associated Press) Your browser does not support this video Until the pandemic flattened the economy in March 2020 and shrank the supply of both new and used vehicles, average wholesale used vehicle prices paid by dealers rose only a little every year. Average prices briefly fell in April last year, only to soar over 60% to a peak in May this year, according to data kept by Manheim, a group of auction houses where dealers buy vehicles. Any decline, however slight, would represent welcome relief for buyers.
This is the second $250 price hop on the Super Duty range, after the same happened in June when Ford boosted prices on almost everything it sells here. A $500 rise in three months puts the total Super Duty increase in line with some of the other bumps levied on 2021 vehicles in June; the EcoSport got $400 more expensive, the Edge got $500 more expensive, two trims of the Bronco Sport rose $540, the Expedition got $600 more expensive, the Escape S shot up $670, and the Mustang Mach 1 needed $680 more to take home. The same month, Ford eliminated almost all of its dealer rebate programs at the behest of dealers in favor of what's called trade-in assistance on certain models. As the name suggests, that incentive provides additional cash to buyers trading in vehicles, which in turn helps dealers get more vehicles on their depleted lots. However, buyers not trading in can get shut out of thousands in savings.
The 2022 Rivian R1T Is the Most Remarkable Pickup We’ve Ever Driven
The 2022 Rivian R1T is the first mass-produced electric truck to hit the U.S. market, but that’s hardly the most interesting thing about it. Its electric powertrain notwithstanding, the R1T is unlike any pickup we’ve ever driven—part truck, part sport sedan, and 100 percent amazing. It’s been speculated that pickup buyers are too conservative to embrace electrification, but after our first drive in a pre-production Rivian R1T, both on-road and off-, we think this is the electric truck that will turn them into believers.
Of course, it's hard to come by any savings anywhere now, and that's before factoring in dealer markups on popular, scarce products. We wonder how much longer the standard F-150 can hold out against the market pressure.
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GM sues Ford over BlueCruise hands-free driving aid name .
GM and its Cruise subsidiary argued the name infringes on the automaker's Super Cruise trademark.GM released the following statement: "While GM had hoped to resolve the trademark infringement matter with Ford amicably, we were left with no choice but to vigorously defend our brands and protect the equity our products and technology have earned over several years in the market.