The Ford F-Series has reached a remarkable milestone as the 40 millionth pickup has been built for American consumers.
The 2022 F-150 Tremor rolled off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant earlier today and the Iconic Silver pickup will soon be headed to a customer in Texas. While it’s a bit surprising that Ford isn’t keeping the truck, the automaker noted it’s going to “Texas to get to work, because that’s what Ford trucks do.”
The achievement comes 75 years after the first-generation F-Series pickups went into production in 1947. That seems like a long time, but doing the math reveals Ford has been making an average of 533,333 F-Series annually for the American market. Of course, that’s an overly simplistic view of things as the F-Series didn’t become America’s best-selling truck until 1977.
The company has held onto that title for a remarkable 45 years and has added to it as the F-Series has gone onto become America’s best-selling vehicle altogether. As Ford noted earlier this month, the F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 40 years in a row and they kept that tradition alive by selling 726,004 of them in the United States last year. That put Ford 156,616 units ahead of Ram, which staged an upset against the Chevrolet Silverado.
Ford is hoping that trend continues with new additions such as the F-150 Lightning and F-150 Raptor R. They’ll appeal to very different consumers as one’s electric while the other is a V8-powered behemoth.