2015 Ford F-150 Product Developer Sneaks In Last-Minute Tailgate Change
Stamping Adds Utility, Reduces Frustration for Tailgaters, Hunters
Sometimes it’s the little details that make all the difference in whether you love or hate a particular vehicle. For Ford stamping process manager Kevin Blaser, that detail was the tailgate design on the new 2015 F-150. The inner tailgate skin had stampings and ribbing that increased its solidity but made it awkward to place coffee cups or shotgun shells on the tailgate when down. Blaser took the initiative to suggest a change when he heard the tooling was being developed for the tailgate panel. The truck’s chief engineer and product team liked Blaser’s suggestion and incorporated it in to the final design.
The panel on the outer edge of the tailgate now has four circular indentations for a coffee cup or mug, as well as preventing shotgun shells or other items prone to rolling away from falling off the tailgate. Typically, such design decisions are made relatively early in the development process, so the fact that Blaser’s idea was adopted was unusual. However, since it coincided with a decision on tooling, it could be implemented on relatively short notice.
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Source: USA Today