Ford, America’s truck leader for 37 years, will celebrate production of the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty next month.
For 15 years, Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks and chassis cabs – from F-250 to F-550 – have rolled off the assembly line at the Truck Plant, located in Louisville, KY, and into the hands of hardworking customers.
“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.”
Truck customers demand maximum horsepower and torque to get the work done, but it’s also important the powertrain be as efficient as possible to help keep operating costs low.
In 1999, the largest gasoline engine in the original Super Duty – the Triton 6.8-liter V10 – produced 275 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 7.3-liter diesel engine produced 235 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.
Today, Super Duty’s 6.2-liter gasoline V8 delivers 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel supplies 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are more fuel-efficient than the 1999 powertrains.
Both of today’s engines deliver power through the efficient TorqShift® six-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission, while the transmission offerings in the 1999 Super Duty trucks were a four-speed automatic and six-speed manual – the latter available only with the diesel.
Ford F-Series Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with 44% market share over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining.
Super Duty is the market leader in a variety of fields, including:
• 72 percent of metal mining workers
• 70 percent of law enforcement agencies
• 54 percent of highway maintenance workers