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  Ford F350 Tonka

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIt's bold. It's strong. It's a hint of what's to come for the next generation Ford F-Series pickup - America's best-selling vehicle for 20 years running and best-selling truck for the past 25 years. It's the Ford Mighty F-350 TONKA, a vibrant yellow and chrome concept pickup showcasing an advanced new powertrain and a fresh design approach from the world's truck authority. It's the Ford Mighty F-350 Tonka concept, a vibrant yellow truck that pairs a distinctive design with innovative technologies worthy of the Built Ford Tough badge.
The Mighty F-350 TONKA concept draws strength from its Ford Tough Truck lineage, accentuating instantly recognizable F-Series hallmarks. Its confidentconfident stance, drop-down beltline, round wheel openings and oversize grille with side nostrils complement the personality of the Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup. Clean, sheer surfaces with distinctive geometric forms and strong lines introduce a modernized, highly structured look, emphasizing the an overall sense of power.
An open, B-pillarless design with rear-hinged rear doors extends an uninhibited welcome into the Mighty F-350's extended cabin. Dual rear wheels with 22-inch rims and custom Goodyear tires and a shortened, six-foot open bed give the Mighty F-350 a refined ruggedness designed with the truck enthusiast in mind. Chrome is featured generously, creating a striking profile on this concept derived from the popular F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab.
With lower emissions and better fuel economy than any V-8 diesel truck engine on the road today, this concept powertrain also features Hydraulic Launch Assist (HLA). The HLA system, currently under research, is designed to improve fuel economy in large trucks by an estimated 25 to 35 percent in city driving. It A reversible pump/motor attached to the driveshaft through a clutch system and an energy storage module work in tandem with the traditional powertrain. The HLA system recovers energy normally lost during vehicle deceleration, stores it in the form of hydraulic pressure and then reuses it during acceleration.

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