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Ford's new super-duty trucks to feature lightweight design

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ford has revealed its new Super-Duty truck on Thursday -- and it's going to be made right here in Louisville, at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

Ford officials say it's a big day for the company, Louisville and the commonwealth.

The all-new Super Duty truck is unlike any other Ford vehicle. At a time where gas prices and trucks could make for a costly ride, Ford officials say they've found a solution that drivers will appreciate -- and that's aluminum, which will reduce the truck's weight by up to 350 pounds.

"Anytime you take weight out, you can improve fuel efficiency," said Doug Scott, a truck expert with Ford. "With this customer who really looks at their truck as a tool -- and is really focused on, 'How do I get more productivity out of the tool?' That's the perfect formula to give them more fuel efficiency, as well as being able to tow and haul more."

Scott says most of the people who will buy the truck will do some sort of towing, which can be a bumpy ride.

"It's more dent-and ding-resistant than today's steel truck because with aluminum, it's a third of the density of steel, so it allows us to up-gauge the material throughout the truck," Scott said. 

It's the second Ford vehicle to transition to aluminum. 

The truck will also have a high-strength steel frame, and stronger axles -- and there's a new feature in particular that Scott is very excited about.

"Probably the biggest story is all around the seven cameras -- again, this is a customer that tows. Ninety percent of these customers tow on a regular basis, so we've deployed cameras in both the outside mirrors, in the front grill, in the tailgate of the truck," Scott said. 

Last year, Ford added 350 jobs and $80 million in upgrades at its Kentucky Truck Plant, and recently filed plans to to add about 288,000 square feet.

"Is this proposed expansion in place to accommodate manufacturing for this new truck?" WDRB's Samantha Chatman asked.

"Well, Samantha, we'll have more to talk about in terms of the manufacturing aspect of the truck later on," Scott said. "We're about a year away from launch. We'll launch the truck as a 2017 model in the fourth quarter of 2016. So more to come on a lot of details of the truck."

It's the truck model that's in the spotlight -- a truck Ford is very proud of.

And they'll all be made right here in Louisville.

The new model will go on sale next year, but pricing hasn't been announced yet.

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