Introduced in 1948, the Ford F-150 owns the distinction of being the most popular motor vehicle of all time. For well over 30 years, the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States. Further, for more than 40 years, it has been the best selling pickup truck. Clearly Ford is on to something here. Currently in its 13th generation, the contemporary edition of the highly regarded Ford is the first pickup truck to rely heavily upon aluminium construction, which has reduced its curb weight by some 700 pounds. Over the years, there have been many different variants—high performance iterations, off-road-oriented models, luxurious examples, and, of course, plain-Jane work versions. Beneath them all, however, the honesty of the F-150’s robust nature always shines through. There’s no question about it, when all is said and done, regardless of the veneer with which Ford’s product planners have chosen to adorn the F-150, at its essence the Ford is simply a very tough pickup truck.
According to a Ford spokesman, there are more F-Series trucks on the road with 250,000 miles or more on them than any other brand. This is absolutely by design. For example, the all-new Ford F-150 was put through more than 10 million miles of testing before it was offered for sale. It crisscrossed the country, pulling trailers and hauling loads through deserts and over mountain passes in temperatures from 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit to 120 degrees above. A disguised version of the all-new model even ran the Baja 1000 during its development process. All of its mechanicals were stock, save the addition of a 44-gallon fuel tank as well as shocks and springs calibrated to deal with long distance high-speed off-road running. The only maintenance required was changing the air filter at every stop. Other than that, the truck ran flawlessly. Reliability is a key attribute, when you’re asking why the Ford F-150 is the best selling vehicle in America.
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