Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied. As it tallied up all of its sales for 2016 it calculated that it delivered 820,799 F-Series trucks.
Which makes the F-Series the best-selling vehicle—as in car, crossover or truck—in the U.S. for 35 years.
And it has been the best-selling pickup in the U.S. for 40 years running.
No company will beat that.
While the F-Series sales for 2016 represent a 5 percent increase over 2015, there is something of interest in other Ford numbers.
While you might think of Ford as a “car company,” that’s arguably no longer the case.
That is, every single one of its cars was down in 2016 compared with 2015. And some rather significantly.
Police Interceptor Sedan: -3.0%
Some people may have been surprised yesterday when Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO, announced that they’d be adding a hybrid version of the F-150 by 2020. Hybrids may seem appropriate for Priuses and Panameras, but pickups?
Given these numbers, it should be no surprise.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The thing about the Wrangler Willys Wheeler: It is a toy for a grown-up boy.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.