Five-Millionth Ford Super Duty Will Be Built Later This Month
The Heavy-Duty Trucks Have Been Bestsellers Since Debuting in 1999
On September 25, Ford announced that its five-millionth F-Series Super Duty would be produced in October. In the announcement, the company was quick to boast that the Super Duty has been the best-selling lineup of heavy-duty pickups and chassis cabs since their introduction in 1999.
Back then, the F-Series Super Duty was available with a range of engines, the most powerful of which was the 275hp 6.8L V-10. With the right boxes ticked, the 1999 F-350 could tow up to 14,600 pounds. These numbers provide some pretty incredible perspective on the progress made in the truck market, as almost every engine available in a 2014 1/2-ton truck makes more power than that old V-10, and today’s 1-ton trucks can tow trailers that weigh double what the 1999 F-350 could yank.
Still, since Ford spun the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks off into their own truck line in 1999, about 44 percent of the heavy-duty market has belonged to Ford, which led to the company’s newest tagline, “We Own Work.” Ford claims that more professionals, from electricians and metal workers to highway workers and emergency service professionals, drive F-Series Super Duty trucks than any other brand.
“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”