Ford Motor Co. ended the year with record sales of the F-Series truck. The F-Series has been the segment leader for more than three decades now and continues to be the truck of choice for most Americans.
In 2013, the Ford F-Series registered huge growth in sales compared to the same period last year. The F-Series remained No.1 in terms of sheer sales numbers; America’s best selling vehicle by a huge margin.
For the 37th year running, the Ford F-Series has remained the country’s best-selling truck. The Detroit based car maker sold 763,402 units of the F-Series during the year 2013. The Chevrolet Silverado took second place with 480,414 units. Compared with the sales in 2012, Ford sold an additional 18,086 units in the last year.
To put this in perspective, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling Toyota product during the previous year. The Japanese car maker delivered 408,000 units of the Camry, which is half the number of F-Series trucks sold.
Click past the jump to read about one of the newest additions to the F-150 lineup, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
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If there’s anything like a "sports truck," then this is it. The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor offers you the best of both worlds when it comes to utility, dependability and performance. The recipe was simple. Take an off-the-shelf F-150 and plonk a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine under its hood, then add a long-travel suspension and a few other tweaks later, the result is a "sports truck".
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was launched in 2010 with a 5.4-liter V-8 that was then replaced with the larger capacity 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. An electronic automatic transmission with six speeds was charged with the responsibility of managing the power.
The Raptor uses a torsen type limited-slip differential that makes it handy while sliding over muddy roads. The suspension on this model has been beefed up with long-travel shocks. These FOX-sourced shocks offer 11.2 inches of travel up front and 12.1 inches on the rear axle.
The exterior styling is unique to the Raptor with the Ford blue oval replaced with "FORD" marked in chunky letters on the grille. The hood gets extra vents, fancy wheels shod with off-road tires and unique livery, etc. The interior too have been given a slight makeover. All said, thanks to the highly potent V-8, the Raptor does not fare well when it comes to miles per gallon.
Secondly, Ford will unveil the next-generation F-150 at the 2014 Detroit motor show. The new truck will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept and will use aluminium to save weight. We can expect a brand new SVT Raptor based on the new F-Series by 2015.