The F-150 is One of The Best Selling Cars that Ford Has
The F-150 is One of The Best Selling Cars in the Ford lineup. Ford is an American institution. And if you think that quote is the beginning of a commercial, it is not; it’s just a simple fact.
The F-150 is part of the American lifestyle, and it’s difficult to imagine what construction sites, Friday night football, and farm life, would be like without the existence of the F-150 pickup truck. While the F-150 has experienced its share of competition throughout the decades, it has remained America’s best-selling vehicle for over 30 years. Translation: It has outsold SUVs, sedans, sports cars, and other trucks.
While the F-150, and every model in its series, has experienced its share of competition through the decades, it has remained America’s best-selling vehicle for over 30 years. The F-150 has remained a favorite through auto trends, and technological advances, and it has remained constant demonstrating a high level of performance and setting the bar high time and time again for what a truck should feel and look like both on and off the road. Here’s the history:
The Year of the Truck Happened in 1948:
The Ford-150 was introduced in 1948, and during that time there was no such thing as a dependable truck. The fabrication of the trucks had the same chassis as the cars. When Ford assembled its first truck, it was designed to fit onto the Model T Ford body at a slightly higher price, and all other vehicles followed suit until the development of the F-150 which happened 30 years later.
The first generation of the F-150 was equipped with a driver- and passenger-side windshield wipers and manual transmission; this was the advanced technology in 1948. But in 1953, the truck received a new engine, roomy interior, upgraded chassis, and the optional features included radio, dome light, armrest, and a cigarette lighter. This was also the period that the Ford truck was given the title F-150 to match its impressive performance.
Further Developments in the Ford F-150 Series:
Ford’s 4WD F-150 pickup truck in 1959, which gave the model more exceptional off-road capabilities. In 1965, the truck went to a whole new level when the engineers changed the body style and added front-end suspension, which was known as a Twin-I-Beam. The four-wheel-drive, as well as the added suspension, made the F-150 a favorite among construction workers, farmers, and teenagers looking for a truck they could have fun with on the weekends.
The Twin-I-Beam allowed the front wheels to operate independently and drastically improved the truck’s maneuverability. It also made the ride less bumpy on rough terrain. From that point forward, Ford continued to create innovations that set the F-150 way ahead of the competition.
Designers had added the four-door crew cabin in the early 60s (1965), and 30 years later they added the 4.9L straight-six engine, which became a staple of Ford trucks at a reasonable price. Ford would continue to show the ‘F-150’s dominance in the truck market between 1973-1979. The series received upgrades front disc brakes, such as extended cabs, air conditioners, and heaters, the debut of the 4WD SuperCab and galvanized steel.
The ”80s brought further innovations to the F-150 such as improved aerodynamics, higher fuel economy, and the introduction of diesel-based engines. Ford eventually added electronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual transmission, power windows, locks, mirrors, and at least two dozen other options and standards. It is important to note that many of the innovations were Ford inventions that other manufacturers would later copy.
The 1990s & Beyond:
Ford F-150 has continued to set the standard and critical praise in the automotive technology, and mass appeal since the 1990s. By then it had officially become the biggest-selling vehicle in America, and by 1996, it beat both Chevy and GMC sales combined, of all the truck models that they had available. The later models, late ’90s and millennium models, had received the same amount of industry-changing upgrades that the models in the ’70s and ’80s had gone through.
The distinctions between the F-150, F-250, and F-350 were significant, and that placed them in vastly different markets, expanding their mass appeal. In 1997, Motor Trend Magazine named the new F-150 as Truck of the Year. By 2001 there were over 900,000 units sold, springboarding the U.S.’s most-sold vehicle into the new millennium.
Ford embraced the automation and the new-engine technology in 2004 and introduced the flex-fuel three-valve 5.4L engine to the world. Navigation and safety features came later in 2008, which gave Ford the North American Truck of the Year Award from Motor Trend, and also the highly coveted “Best Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The latest F-150 models feature a triple-bar grille, lightweight chassis, roomy interiors, and one of the highest towing capacity on the road.
The drivers who want more power can enjoy the F-150’s V8 engine or a 3.5L direct-injected, twin-turbo EcoBoost engine which is inside a fully aluminum body. With the development of car subscriptions, such as Ford’s Canvas over the past five years, making the Ford F-150 become one of the most popular vehicles. Subscribers who would instead like to look at a long-term option without actually taking ownership of the vehicle can still take advantage of the F-150 and everything that it has to offer.
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