Coming in at nothing less than number one, the 2016 Ford F-150 truck was recently given top billing on Autoblog.com's list of Best-Selling Vehicles of 2016.
Autoblog.com's description of the truck didn't beat around the bush and was quick to give praise where it was due, stating that:
"This won't come as a surprise. The Ford F-Series lineup, which includes the F-150 and its brawnier Super Duty siblings, is still the best-selling vehicle in America, and by a comfortable margin of more than 200,000 units over the second-place finisher."
The second-place contender, Chevy's Silverado, ultimately couldn't hold a candle to the F-150.
Considering that the F-Series has been the best-selling brand of trucks for nearly 40 years, as stated on Ford's website, this latest accolade is both well-deserved and, in some ways, nothing new. This year's F-150 underwent 10 million miles of testing to guarantee that it was capable of taking the reputable name to the next level; its high-strength, aluminum-alloy body coupled with a high-strength steel frame made it stand out as dually lightweight and strong. Although it didn't have anything to prove - its name alone provides esteem - the Blue Oval's engineers worked to give the F-150 a 12,220-lb max tow rating and a 3,270-lb payload as well, making the truck shine even brighter.
Check out the F-150's towing superiority in the video below:
The impressive features don't stop there. With the highest gas mileage of any full-size truck in its class - an EPA-estimated rating of 19/city/26 highway/22 combined mpg - and the only NHTSA 5-star safety rating awarded to any pickup truck - the F-150 steals the spotlight with ease.
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In joint efforts to cultivate new ideas and promote growth, Ford recently partnered up with the National FFA Organization and Discovery Education to provide more than 54,000 students nationwide the inside scoop on Ford's engineering and design efforts for the future.
Specifically, the occasion demonstrated how the Blue Oval is crafting its F-Series trucks to meet the needs of agriculture customers. Participating students were able to observe how Ford's F-150 and Super Duty trucks are built and tested to increase farmer productivity; a virtual field trip also provided attendees with introductions to Ford truck designers and engineers. A live stream of the event ensured that students nationwide could join in; over 1,000 classrooms tuned into the stream.
The collaboration wasn't Ford's first foray into the realm of agriculture. They have been a sponsor of the National FFA since 1948 and, perhaps most notably, has sponsored Built Ford Tough scholarships for prospective farmers. Ford's investment recognizes what consumers demand - agriculture and livestock industries are representative of markets where the F-Series has the highest level of reputability, compared to other trucks' 40 percent of farmworkers drive F-150 trucks and 36 percent use Super Duty trucks to carry out their daily jobs, as cited by a Ford release that references IHS data.
Doug Scott, Ford's truck group marketing manager, expressed his enthusiasm for the event in the same release. “We were excited to undertake this new opportunity with FFA and Discovery Education,” he said. "What better way to demonstrate the power and capability of F-Series trucks, and the customer leadership Ford owns, than through the hands and eyes of our future toughest employees and customers.”
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Propelled by an 11 percent increase of its F-Series trucks - 72,089, to be exact - Ford Motor Company reported a five percent increase year-over-year in November, with overall sales adding up to 197,574 vehicles sold. The successful month was also supported by a retail sales gain of 10 percent, with 154,114 vehicles driven off lots and back to buyers' homes.
According to a report released by the Blue Oval, fleet sales (which include daily rental, commercial and government categories) decreased by nine percent; however, the difference was anticipated and part of Ford's strategic move to front-load fleet sales in the earlier months of 2016. As a result, the success of F-Series sales was further highlighted; retail sales were up by 14 percent, and the month went down in record as the truck line's highest reported November sales since 2011.
As stated by Mark LaNeve, the vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford, “Strong retail sales increases for both F-150 and our all-new Super Duty pickups drove F-Series above the 70,000 vehicle mark – a November threshold we have not seen in 15 years. Plus, strong consumer demand for well-equipped Super Dutys helped boost Ford’s overall average transaction prices in November, which are up $1,000 versus a year ago – well ahead of the industry average of $320.” The numbers don't lie, and neither does video evidence - see the F-150 take on a mountain of lumber in the video below:
On the sports utility vehicle front, numbers were also on the rise. Total sales clocked in at 60,079 vehicles for November, which translates to an eyebrow-raising 20 percent increase for the month. Individually, the Ford Expedition made great gains of 75 percent, while the Edge, Explorer and Escape rose 32, 14 and 11 percent, respectively.
There's still time to head over to Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and test-drive the vehicles on the lot before the year closes out. Stop by today!
Third time's a charm for Ford, but so are the second and first times. For the third year running, Ford Motor Company has taken the Kelley Blue Book KBB.com "Best Buy" of the year for trucks award. The award specifically spotlights the 2017 Ford F-150, which stole the show with its updated features.
The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards serve to identify and share the best of the best when it comes to all available 2017 model-year vehicles; the awards are given after a yearlong vetting process that includes expert vehicle evaluation and testing - not just of a select number of vehicles available in the US, but of almost every new vehicle. The respected designation also takes into account a large pool of vehicle-related data, such as vehicle pricing and transaction prices, which is used to analyze and compare each vehicle. This year, the 2017 Ford-F150 scored highly across the judging categories, dazzling with its updated powertrain lineup that introduced the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 10-speed automatic (which is Ford-built). That's not all; the powertrain also provides an increase of 50 lb-ft peak torque and shows improvements in the trifecta of EPA fuel economy ratings of 1 mpg more than its predecessor. See the Ford F-150 on-the-go in the video below:
The 2017 F-150 also brings back the STX Appearance Package, which bundles a variety of interior and exterior features that F-150 drivers previously had limited access to. The updated features, in turn, give customers even more bang for their buck. Drivers can also enjoy heightened convenience and comfort using features such as BLIS with cross-traffic alerts for trailer coverage, SYNC Connect for remote vehicle security, and the FordPass smartphone platform for monitoring fuel levels from afar.
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After snagging a slew of awards in the recent months, including the KBB.com "Best Buy" of the Year award for trucks and the 2017 Motor Trend "Truck of the Year" title, Ford Motor Company's 2017 F-150 line of pickups was recently named by US News & World Report as the 2017 Best Truck Brand. This year marks the second in a row that the Blue Oval snagged the accolade for the publication.
To calculate the brand ratings that resulted in the F-150's award, US News & World Report relied on its own vehicle scores. From there, judges determined the qualifying automaker candidates to win each of the report's four award categories. Other components such as reliability and safety data played a role in the final decisions, as did consensus opinions of the auto industry. Watch the F-150 in action in the video below:
The notable award is not a surprise, given the high praises that the F-150 has received over the calendar year. They came flooding in on the heels of the multiple updates that the truck line received for its 2017 model year, including an updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a ten-speed automatic transmission. As Jamie Page Deaton, the Managing Editor of US News Best Cars, said on TheNewsWheel.com, “Consumers have an overwhelming number of factors to consider when comparing cars. The Best Vehicle Brand awards simplify the process by giving people guidance on the top brands in the categories that matter to them.”
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Still searching for the perfect gift to give someone special this holiday season? Give them a gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget. Available now, you can lease a brand new 2016 Ford F-150 4x4 XLT Supercab for only $117 per month. It's the perfect opportunity to deck the halls and give a present that hauls - both Christmas trees and larger loads - with ease and efficiency.
Unique to the full-size class, the F-150 4x4 XLT Supercab sports an aluminum body and turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, which is enough to pique the interest of any truck enthusiast. The frame is ultra-strong, hydroformed and fully boxed steel, which significantly increases its strength compared to previous F-150 models, and the EcoBoost V6 engine is strong enough to compete with even the best V8 engines on the market. Thanks to the aluminum body, the XLT enjoys an extra dose of muscle while providing weight savings, which results in greater payload and improved fuel economy. For additional bells and whistles, Ford created a Special Edition Appearance package, which is available solely for the XLTmodel, and offers luxurious King Ranch and Platinum trims.
Drivers who value aesthetics both outside and inside will also enjoy the XLT's interior, which offers wide seats and a quiet cabin for its occupants. The XLT wouldn't be a Supercab without ample room, and it lives up to its name - even the rear seats have a spacious amount of legroom, while the middle rear seat has a flat floor that ups the comfort level while allowing more storage room. Ford takes the XLT up one more notch on the comfort scale by providing sculpted, ergonomically minded cab seats as well.
On top of that, the XLT comes with hill-start assist and handy safety features for towing like Trailer Sway Control and Curve Control. The latter feature enables the truck to maintain control if its driver takes a turn too fast. And of course, the acclaimed Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature deserves a mention; its user-friendly nature makes backing up trailers a breeze even for novice drivers.
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This year's recent SEMA show showcased a lot of dream cars, as well as one Nitemare.
The semi-official Ford tuner, Roush, gave show attendees a glimpse into the dark side when it revealed its 2017 F-150Nitmare, complete with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for 600 hp, as well as 557 lb-ft of torque. 2017's model carries the torch lit by Roush's exhibited Nitemare at last year's SEMA, which sported a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that clocked in a 445 hp and 500 pond-feet of torque. But drivers desiring a vehicle light on its toes (or wheels), have no fear - the 2017 Nitemare has a supercar-esque output and lightweight aluminum construction, giving it the wings it needs to fly across the road. As Viknesh Vijayenthiran reports for FoxNews.com, Roush's tuner claims that the new-gen Nitemare will reach 60 mph from rest in only 4.2 seconds, the "quickest factory street truck in the world." Take an exclusive look at the 2017 Nitemare in the video below:
The aforementioned features are among a slew of others that were introduced at this year's SEMA. The modifications include 20-inch forged wheels made out of performance rubber, a specialty front bumper cover and grille, and a high-flow exhaust system. There are also options for customers who favor two- or four-wheel drive, and even more detailed upgrades - such as a full Fox suspension system and Mickey Thompson tires - to maximize off-roading.
Although details on availability and pricing are to be determined, enthusiasts can drop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a spin in any of our F-150s in stock and learn more about what's on the horizon.