We are now several days into 2017, and with 2016 just ended, figures for total vehicle sales are now out. Now, one question remains. Who’s the king of sales among all vehicles in the United States in 2016?
No, it’s not the Toyota Camry. While the Camry remains as the best-selling car in the US despite suffering a 9.5-percent drop in annual sales, it doesn’t dominate the overall US vehicle sales. In fact, sales of the Camry are not even half of the overall volume for the Ford F-Series in 2016.
Yes, the Ford F-Series is still selling the most vehicles in the US – something it has been doing for 35 years in a row. In addition, the Ford F-Series is the #1 truck in terms of sales in the US for a consecutive 40 years. For the record, the sales figures for the Ford F-Series include the F-150 family (like the F-150 Raptor) and the F-Series Super Duty family (including the F-250, F-350 and F-450). However, Ford’s F-650 and the F-750 aren’t counted because they are considered heavy trucks.
Looking at the numbers for the F-Series, we could instantly conclude that other vehicles didn’t even come close in 2016 to beating Ford’s trucks. Ford sold 820,799 units of the Ford F-Series in 2016, representing a sales surge of 5.2 percent over the full year 2015. In December 2016 alone, sales figures for the F-Series jumped 2.7 percent from 85,211 units to 87,512 vehicles.
Its closest rival is the Chevrolet Silverado, which sold 574,876 units in the full year of 2016. Sadly, sales of the Chevrolet Silverado suffered a 4.3-percent decline in sales in 2016 (2015: 600,544 units). Adding the 820,799 F Series units sold in January to December 2016 to the cumulative sales figure from January 1977 to December 2015 brings Ford’s total to over 26 million trucks.
The Ford F series commenced its dominance of the truck category when its sixth generation was already nearing its end in 1977. Its domination was thanks to the newly introduced F-150, which was launched in 1975 as a slot-in between the F100 and the F-250. In 1980, Ford launched the eighth generation of the F Series. Two years later in 1982, the Ford F Series launched itself to the peak of US vehicles sales, and it has never looked back.
Now, in its 13th generation (from 2015), the Ford F Series is seeing its sales growing strong. Sales peaked in 2004 when Ford sold 939,511 units of F Series. However, after reaching its peak, F Series suffered heavy drops in sales year after year and became a victim of the 2008–2010 US automotive industry crisis.