Whatever else we're about at any given moment, Americans are about getting things done, and we use a lot of pickups to do them. Mostly, we use Ford F-Series pickups, including the F-150 and its heavier-duty variants--and we have for 30 years. That's how long the F-Series has been the top-selling vehicle of all in the U.S.
The F-Series has been the top-selling pickup truck for just a while longer; 35 years to be exact. As Ford truck communications manager Mike Levine points out, that traces back to 1977, when "Star Wars premiered...Rocky was Picture of the Year...Elvis died...Roots was the top TV show...[and] a first class stamp cost $0.13."
Times have certainly changed, but the F-Series appears to be a constant despite serious challenges from the likes of Dodge (now Ram) and Chevy, not to mention relative newcomers to the full-size scene, Toyota and Nissan.
In all, a total of 584,917 F-Series pickups were sold in 2011--and for what it's worth, over half of the F-150s sold last year (52.2 percent) were V-6s. Check out the infographic below for even more details.
2011 Ford F-Series sales infographicEnlarge Photo