At Ziems Ford Corners, it’s no secret that Farmington loves its F-150s. But the news is in, it’s not just New Mexico that loves its Ford trucks. We can officially confirm it. With full-year sales totaling out at 896,526 trucks, the Ford F-Series has once again received the accolade of America’s best-selling pickup for an amazing 43rd year in a row! What’s more, the Built Ford Tough F-series is the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the U.S. for 38 consecutive years. With overall vehicle sales ringing in at 2,310,494 the Ford brand also scored its 10th straight year as the best-selling brand in America.
What is it That Makes the F-series Stand out Among Trucks?
When an icon gets to a certain age, automakers usually begin to rely on a certain level of nostalgia to help sell them. What images come to mind when you think of the Camaro, Challenger or Mustang? These three modern muscle cars will forever be compared to the legacies of their vintage ancestors. But the Ford F-Series puts all these cars to shame. In fact, for decades now, it has put everything to shame in the sales department.
Almost since the beginning, the F-Series has been the leader in the truck market. With dependability and reliability under its hood, vintage models still work alongside today’s cutting-edge trucks. There’s no need for nostalgic self-reflection on Ford’s part; the F-Series is just as it always was, and just as it will always be.
Before the F-Series, the vast majority of pickups on America’s roads were car-based, but in 1949 Ford debuted a new pickup line with a unique platform. The new trucks were simple, modern, and forward-thinking with utilitarian styling. From the half-ton F-1 to the three-ton F-8, these trucks were unlike anything else on the road. Add in the fact that Ford offered V8 power under the hood long before its competitors could and Ford was nicely placed to take over the market.
In 1952 the venerable Flathead V8 was replaced with the more modern Y-Block and the simple F-1, F-2, F-3, etc. designation was dropped for the names we largely know today. The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 and F-3 were merged into the F-250 and the F-4 became the F-350.
Through various styling and generational feature updates, including a few years that saw an unfavorable unibody construction the F-series powered on. Then, as it entered its sixth generation in 1973 it reached what was arguably the most important generation in the truck’s history. Ford began a new emphasis on rustproofing and the use of galvanized steel. Thus giving their trucks the ability to work harder longer. In 1975, the F-150 was introduced to replace the F-100, and a year later, it overtook the marketplace as America’s best-selling truck. Then, in 1982 the F-Series became America’s best-selling vehicle. Since then, no other vehicle has outsold it in America.
Motor Trend Truck of The Year
In 1997, the F-Series entered its 10th generation and won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. Then, in 2004 and 2005 the 11th generation of F-Series picked up back-to-back wins of Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year.
In 2015, entering its lucky 13th generation, the F-Series transformed again. Switching its iconic truck to an aluminum body, a first in the pickup segment. The change resulted in the current truck weighing in at 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which in turn, dramatically increased the truck’s fuel economy and hauling capacity.
Today, there are more F-Series trucks on the road with odometer readings above 250,000 miles than any other brand. Reliability and innovation are key attributes in this truck’s longevity at the top. But to millions of Ford owners out there, none of that matters. What matters to them is that their old workhorse is the most important truck to ever wear a Ford badge.
If you want to see for yourself just why this line-up is turning heads and winning awards, Ziems Ford Corners carries a large selection of new and used Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks that are Built Ford Proud. Call our sales team today at (888) 375-9581 to schedule a test drive or shop online and browse our selection of Ford F-150 Trucks for Sale near Aztec, New Mexico.