2015 Ford F-150

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 brings huge weight savings for America’s bestselling vehicle. You’d think this would be universally accepted as innovation, progress, and a generally good thing.

2015 Ford F-150

Ford claims results in overall weight loss of more than 500 pounds, from last year’s roughly comparable models. The slimming enables one great new downsized engine, increases the capability of the remaining powerplants, and is said to boost fuel economy by 5 to 20 percent.

2015 Ford F-150

While specifics on the smaller F-150s hasn’t been stated officiall, Ford’s Communications Manager Mike Levine tells us that a 2WD SuperCrew (full four-door) 2WD truck with the 2.7 EcoBoost engine is more like 4,500 pounds. That makes a single cab even leaner.

2015 Ford F-150

The F-150 pares down its trim levels in this transition year to XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. New equipment offerings include inflatable rear seat belts, pickup-box LED lighting, Sony premium audio, and, on Platinum models, real wood trim. An off-road-oriented FX4 package will be available, bundling off-road-tuned shocks, skid plates, and an electronic locking rear axle.

2015 Ford F-150 interior

Prices start at a reasonable $26,615, but if you haven’t shopped a full-sizer lately, you’ll need smelling salts for the $60,000-plus stickers on King Ranch and Platinum trucks.

2015 Ford Mondeo

The 2015 Ford Mondeo will be available with three 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engines, including low- and high-output versions of an EcoBoost petrol motor and a single tune of a TDCi diesel.

2015 Ford Mondeo

All-new Mondeo petrol engine options will include the 1.5-litre EcoBoost and 2.0-litre EcoBoost alongside Ford’s fuel-efficient and surprisingly powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was recently named International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third time in a row.

2015 Ford Mondeo

The all-new Mondeo also will offer an optional high-powered 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine featuring twin sequential-turbocharging and delivering 210 PS and 450 Nm of torque. An ECOnetic Technology model will be available, powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine with class-leading diesel CO2 emissions of 94 g/km and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel models with 150 PS or 180 PS.

2015 Ford Mondeo

Equipment includes the latest version of Ford’s Sync2 infotainment system, which has drastically reduced number of buttons on the dashboard. It has an 8.0-inch touch-screen as standard, and every version will have DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, while top-level models will also get satellite-navigation.

2015 Ford Mondeo interior

Ford says pricing details will be announced closer to the car’s local launch, though it’s expected to largely mirror the positioning of the outgoing model, which costs between $31,490 and $48,490.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT and 308 SW GT

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

Closer to the 2015 model year, Peugeot is introducing a warmed-up GT and GT SW model that boasts extra power and sportier looks compared to the standard versions.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT

The line up of 2015 Peugeot 308 GT consists of a Petrol 1.6 THP engine producing 202 BHP and 285 Nm of torque; and a 2.0 litre Diesel making 178 BHP and a huge 400 Nm of torque – mated to the catchily named EAT 6 automatic gearbox.

2015 Peugeot 308 SW GT

Currently priced from $21,990, the entry-level Peugeot 308 Access five-door hatch gets a manual gearbox and a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol worth 96kW/230Nm.

2015 Peugeot 308 SW GT

A six-speed automatic costs $2000 extra. Mid-spec Active models are $27,340 fitted with an auto as standard, while the Allure models are $30,490, all paired with the 1.2-litre unit.

2015 Peugeot 308 GT interior

2015 Ford Super Duty

2015 Ford Super Duty

Ford is the one throwing down the gauntlet in the heavy-duty truck wars this time, having just announced another power infusion for its F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups. Ford promised that it would give its 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V-8 more power when it gave us a preview of the new 2015 Super Duty trucks last fall…

2015 Ford Super Duty

Until 2014, Ford was the one to beat, with its 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel bringing 400 hp and a massive 800 lb-ft of torque to the table. Then last year, Ram did exactly that, serving Ford with a beefed-up Cummins turbodiesel inline-six in its freshened Ram Heavy Duty truck line with 385 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to tow up to 30,000 pounds.

2015 Ford Super Duty

But Ford claims it had designed its engine to be relatively easy to upgrade when the time called for it, so for 2015, Ford bolted a larger turbo to the Power Stroke, bringing output to an insane 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of twist, all without reducing fuel efficiency. Maximum tow capacity rises from 24,700 lbs to an incredible 31,200 lbs for the F-450 dually.

2015 Ford Super Duty

Although its overall layout is beginning to look slightly dated, the Super Duty‘s interior remains a surprisingly refined and high-tech space. Extensive sound deadening measures make for a luxury car-quiet cabin – all the better to make use of the Bluetooth-based “SYNC” connectivity system, which come standard on all but the base model.

2015 Ford Super Duty interior

The current F-series Super Duty King Ranch starts at $50,555, including shipping. High-end models including the King Ranch, Platinum and Lariat account for about half of Super Duty sales to individual buyers…