Ford F-650, F-750 Achieve Best Sales in 19 Years
Class-Exclusive Gas Engine, Quiet Diesel Big Draws
Fullsize pickups are the most closely watched barometer to gauge the health of the truck market. However, the true workhorses, aside from the Class-8 over-the-road big rigs, are the Class-6 and 7 medium-duty trucks. These trucks offer a mind-boggling array of potential configurations, from tow trucks, beverage delivery, moving trucks, smaller tractor-trailers, and just about anything else you can imagine in-between. Like the fullsize pickup market, Ford is claiming sales leadership in this important segment as well. Year to date, Ford has sold 10,160 F-650 and F-750 trucks. That eight-month total is above what Ford sold in all of 2015 and the best sales for that period in 19 years.
Ford reports buyers are attracted to the availability of a gasoline engine option, which can also be upfitted to run on propane or natural gas, as well as the ultra-quiet 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, which is claimed to be 45 percent quieter than last year’s Cummins 6.7L ISB. The Power Stroke offers a class-leading 5-year, 250,000-mile powertrain warranty. The available Power Takeoff feature can produce up to 300 lb-ft of stationary torque and up to 200 lb-ft in mobile mode.
Ford also worked with upfitters and makers of vocational bodies to ensure little to no modification was required to the main frame and chassis to accommodate upfits. The F-650 and F-750 are also among the few vehicles where manufacturing has moved from south of the border to north of the border, with production going from Mexico to Ohio starting with the 2016 model year.