We’ve written extensively about the Ford F-150 and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at if the Ford F-150 is American-made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but this car consists of many components (engine, transmission, tires, etc.). Our research also found that not everything about this car has to be made in the United States. Let’s start with a quick answer:
From 2015 onwards, Ford F-150 have been assembled in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri. This includes the most recent, fourteenth generation. Most engines for the thirteenth and fourteenth generation F-150 are made in Lima or Brook Park, Ohio; however, the 5.0L Coyote V8 (Windsor, Canada) and 3.0L Powerstroke (Dagenham, England) are not made in America. The transmissions used in these generations of F-150 are made in Livonia, Michigan and Sharonville, Ohio, and the tires are also made in America.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly locations for the last four generations. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in this vehicle. Finally, we’ll talk about how to identify which tires you have and where they are manufactured precisely. Read on!
Also read: Types Of Gas A Ford F-150 Uses (All Generations)
Assembly Locations Per Generation
Tenth generation (1997 – 2004)
The tenth generation of the Ford F-150 was manufactured from 1997 – 2004. This generation was mainly assembled in the United States at the following locations: Kansas City, Missouri; Norfolk, Virginia; and Louisville, Kentucky. However, some F-150’s for the American market were also assembled in Oakville, Ontario in Canada.
Interestingly enough, this generation was also manufactured in Cuautitlan, Mexico, and Valencia, Venezuela, for the Mexican market. However, the F-150 doesn’t carry the same name there as it’s sold as the Ford Lobo.
Eleventh/Twelfth Generation (2004 – 2004)
The eleventh and twelfth generations of the Ford F-150 were manufactured between 2004 – 2008 and 2009 – 2014. For the American market, the F-150 was assembled in Dearborn, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri (for the twelfth generation assembly shifted to Claycomo, Missouri); and Norfolk, Virginia. The Mexican version (named the Lobo) was assembled in Cuautitlan, Mexico, and Valencia, Venezuela.
Thirteenth/Fourteenth Generation (2015 – 2020)
The thirteenth generation of the F-150 was manufactured between 2015 -2020. From this point onwards, Ford decided to have the assembly for the F-150 happen only in the United States. Assembly happened in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri. The assembly locations didn’t change for the fourteenth generation manufactured from 2021 onwards.
Although assembly happened in the United States, the Ford Lobo was still sold in the Mexican market during the thirteenth generation. In Malaysia, the car was also sold as the Sutton CS 3000/3500, and assembly for this niche market also took place in Malaysia in Gurun, Kedah.
Engines Per Generation
For the tenth and eleventh generation of the Ford F-150, Ford used the 4.2L Essex V6 manufactured in Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. Other engine options included the 4.6L or 5.4L Triton V8, made at the Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario.
The twelfth generation of the Ford F-150 made use of the same 4.2L Essex V6 and 4.6/5.4L Triton V8 made in Windsor, Ontario. Also, the option for a 5.0L Coyote V8 engine was added, which was made at the same plant.
Other new options for the twelfth generation were the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 which was made at the Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio, a 3.7L Duratec V6 made at the Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, and a 6.2L Boss V8 engine which was made at the Ford Romeo Engine Plant in Romeo, Michigan.
The thirteenth and fourteenth-generation Ford F-150 used a 3.3L, 3.5L Duratec V6 (2015 – 2020), or 2.7L EcoBoost made at the Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio. Other options included the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, made at the Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio, a 5.0L Coyote V8 engine made in Windsor, Ontario in Canada, or a 3.0L PowerStroke made in Dagenham, England, which was discontinued in July 2021.
Also read: Ford F150 Ecoboost Problems: Everything You Need to Know
Just like the engine, many different transmissions have been used for the Ford F-150 throughout the generations. Let’s have a look at each generation and exactly where these transmissions have been made.
The tenth generation of the Ford F-150 made use of 4R70W transmission made in Cleveland, Ohio, an E40D and 4R100, which were made at the Sharonville Transmission Plant in Sharonville, Ohio, and the M50D-R2, which Mazda made in, what was most likely, Hiroshima, Japan.
For the eleventh generation of the F-150, Ford used a slight variation of the 4R70W, namely the 4R70E and 4R75E, made in Cleveland, Ohio. Also, the M50D-R2 made in Hiroshima, Japan, was used. A new 6-speed automatic was also an option, but it’s unclear what type and where it was made.
The twelfth generation of the F-150 had a 4R75E transmission, once again made in Cleveland, Ohio, and a new 6R80 option which was and still is made at the Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan.
The thirteenth generation of the F-150 used the same 6R80. However, there was also an option for the 10R80 transmission. This 10R80 transmission is the only transmission available in the fourteenth generation of the Ford F-150. It’s currently manufactured at the Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan, and in 2018 production of this transmission also started at the Sharonville Transmission Plant in Sharonville, Ohio.
Also read: Ford F150 Shift Linkage Problems: What You Need To Know!
The fourteenth generation of the Ford F-150 has different trim levels that come with other brands of tires. The XL and XLT trims of the Ford F-150 come standard with 17-inch Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT tires. The Lariat and King Ranch trim come with 18-inch Michelin Primacy XC, Pirelli Scorpion ATR, or Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT.
The Platinum trim of the F-150 comes with Hankook Dynapro AT2, Michelin LTX M/S2, Hankook Dynapro AT-M, or the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure that have Kevlar. Finally, the Limited trim comes with the Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season or Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico.
Now, it’s essential to know that all of these tire manufacturers have locations worldwide. It’s impossible to know where precisely the tires on the F-150 come from without looking at them. By looking at the DOT code (a number/letter combination on the side of the tire), you would be able to figure out where the tire is made.
Nevertheless, all these tire manufacturers have locations in the United States, and the tires on the F-150 have likely been made in one of these locations. Have a look:
Goodyear manufactures tires in:
- Lawton, Oklahoma.
- Akron, Ohio.
- Danville, Virginia.
- Gadsden, Alabama.
- Topeka, Kansas.
- Union City, Tennessee.
- Fayetteville, North Carolina.
- Freeport, Illinois.
- Tyler, Texas.
Michelin has four locations in:
- Greenville, South Carolina.
- Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- Dothan, Alabama.
- Lexington, South Carolina.
Pirelli has three locations:
- Hanford, California.
- Madison, Tennessee.
- Rome, Georgia.
Hankook has one location, and we know for a fact that this is where the Dynapro tires are made.
- Clarksville, Tennessee
Also read: The Complete Cost Of Maintaining A Ford
Who Designed The Ford F-150?
Throughout the years the Ford F-150 and its various generations have had many redesigns. The person in charge of this redesign is normally the Head Of Design or the Chief Designer at Ford. Below we’ve created a list of the various people who’ve been responsible for the design of the Ford F-150.
- Ninth-generation: Jack Telnack
- Tenth-generation: Andrew Jacobson (concept); Bob Aikins (production design)
- Eleventh-generation: Tyler Blake; Pat Schiavone
- Twelfth-generation: Pat Schiavone
- Thirteenth-generation: Gordon Platto (Chief Designer); Brad Richards (Lead Exterior)
- Fourteenth-generation: Raleigh Haire
Let’s talk a little bit more about the designer of the fourteenth, and current, generation of the F-150. This was designed by Raleigh Haire who’s an Exterior Designer at Ford. She’s been in this position since July 2017 and before that, she was an Automotive Design Intern for one year at Ford and for a couple of months at VW/Audi in California.
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