The Ford F-150 is not only iconic, but one of the greatest selling vehicles of all-time. The popularity of the F-150 means Ford is always looking for ways to keep its top-tier product sharp. That desire undoubtedly pushed the automaker to seek out newer fuel injection technology that could help boost the truck’s efficiency. But according to a recent lawsuit, Ford took the idea without paying for it.
The lawsuit alleges Ford met with TMC Fuel Injection System LLC. founder Shou L. Hou beginning in 2004, and began using the technology, though in discussions in 2008 the automaker expressed no interest to acquire it. In 2009, Ford introduced its own EcoBoost technology that made for a more fuel efficient engine, and offered a savings of up to 35 percent in city driving. Just last month, 42 percent of all Ford F-Series trucks that were sold featured an EcoBoost engine.
Ford says it has just learned of the lawsuit and is reviewing it.
The 2012 Ford F-150 regular cab comes with an entry-level 3.7-liter flex-fuel V-6 engine, which gets an estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg hwy. Ford has long maintained the full-size pickup edge over rivals in the segment, beating out competitors such as the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and Toyota Tundra.