Ford remains on top with the F-Series full-size pickup trucks.
For more than two decades, Ford F-Series trucks were the bestselling vehicle in the United States, and the F-150 still retains a title it’s held for over thirty years America’s favorite pickup truck.
The F-Series pickup, sold 49,314 units, achieving a 12 th consecutive month of increased sales – up 0.4 percent from July 2011. Of these, the F-150 equipped with EcoBoost made up 42 percent.
EcoBoost is Ford’s name for a line of innovative turbocharged engines. The V6 variant offered in the F-series offers V8-like power with improved fuel economy. It remains very popular with cost-conscious buyers.
And to keep this trend, the upcoming remake of the F-Series will reportedly make a major shift away from steel to aluminum in a bid to shave as much as 700 pounds off the big truck’s hefty girth.
Ford already uses an aluminum hood on the F-150, but according to the Wall Street Journal, we could see a more extensive use of the lighter-weight metal in the truck’s body panels.
Such a drastic diet would allow the F-150, which currently gets up to 19 mpg combined and 23 mpg on the highway, to operate with smaller, more fuel-efficient engines.
But taking 700 pounds out of a 5,500-pound pickup primarily through use of aluminum roof, hood, body, doors and tailgate can add about $1,500 to a truck’s cost.
Overall, Ford Motor Company sales were down 4 percent in July due to lower fleet sales. Fleet
sales were down 16 percent. Retail sales were up 2 percent.
2013 Ford F-Series line
2013 FORD F-150
engines: 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6, 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8, 6.2-liter V8, 3.5-liter Ti-VCT EcoBoost
transmission: 6R80 six-speed automatic
series: XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, SVT Raptor
assembly locations: Dearborn Truck Plant, Dearborn, Mich.; Kansas City Assembly Plant, Claycomo, Mo.
2013 FORDF-150 SVT RapToR
engine: 6.2-liter V8, 411 hp @ 5,500 rpm,434 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,500 rpm
transmission: Six-speed automatic overdrive with tow/haul mode
assembly location: Dearborn Truck Plant,
MSRP: Starting at $43,340
2013 FORD F-series super duty
Engines: 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel, 400 hp @ 2,800 rpm, 800 lb.-ft. torque @ 1,600 rpm; 6.2-liter V8 gasoline, 385 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 405 lb.-ft. torque @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission: 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift® six-speed automatic transmission
Production location: Kentucky Truck Plant, Louisville, Ky.