• Jun 5th 2007 at 9:31AM
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With gas prices at record highs, Ford's heaviest and biggest trucks, the F-350 models and F-450, are surpassing all sales expectations.

The decked out Lariat and King Ranch variations of the F-350, as well as the F-450, are going gangbusters, with the King Ranch up 53-percent over last year, while the Lariat is up 30-percent. Overall, both models are leading their segment. With options topping $17,000 and sticker prices exceeding $60,000, the truck's decent sales are likely a breath of fresh air to the incentive-prone automaker.

Ford has more to brag about in its lighter trucks -- the F-250 also continues to be the top seller in its segment, and the F-150 historically has been one of Ford's most important vehicles behind the Taurus, set to relaunch this fall.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Good news for Ford, hearing better and better news lately, why the photo of the old truck though Autoblog??
      • 8 Years Ago

      Fuel prices in Europe are far higher than in the US. But there are only a fraction of the number of trucks and SUVs on the road there as there are here. Your proposition that the fuel consumption trucks and SUVs are the reason gas prices are high is absolutely ludicrous.

      It's not like the oil barons are just going to lower prices if we all switch to cars. Playing devil's advocate here... but it's possible prices might actually go UP. The oil co's are in the business of making money, and lots of it. Think about it... if usage suddenly decreases they could very well raise the price to make up for selling less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No one ever accused us of being smart did they.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now, next year Ford needs to go to Caterpiller or Cummings for a decent Diesel engine then all those superduty owners will trade up. That way Ford can keep the good sales going.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have seen a ton of new F-250-F-450s running around...the majority equipped with the new 6.4L diesel...and the majority of them were towing stuff.

      They are great trucks...plain and simple. If you dont like them, dont buy them.

      gsolman6...I hope to God you are being sarcastic. If not, you are the reason why our legal system is so messed up. Boo-hoo...someone hit me. People make errors. Unfortunately, people like you dont think people can or are capable of making mistakes...everyone is always in the wrong so you sue.

      And Rob, I have seen people tow horse trailers with F-150s and they merge perfectly fine. If an 18 wheeler loaded with steel or concrete can merge safely onto a freeway, I think an F-150 can do the same. If the driver cant, then they shouldnt be driving a truck.

      Here is a question. Let's say all those people who dont need an SUV or truck suddenly get rid of them and buy a Camry, Fusion, Accord or whatever. How much would gas consumption be cut? Would it be enough to affect gas prices significantly? I doubt it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually saw a ton of these new trucks on my way from Illinois to New Orleans last week, and nearly all of them were towing something. One was carrying what had to be a yacht (exaggeration, but it was a humongous boat). I was in my dad's new Sierra, and I felt tiny.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Make the road safer in an f150 vs a HD diesel? Load up an f150 with that 11,000lbs and try to safely merge onto a busy freeway with poor acceleration and small mirrors. And who needs better brakes when towing 11,000lbs? Considering a loaded f150 would not be much, if any cheaper then the HD truck, what money should he have used to buy that second car? I doubt he paid 20k more for the HD. He would have to do a lot of commuting before realizing any savings in money spent on gas.

      Just because you see a SD unloaded doesnt mean its doesnt get used. It could be the contruction foreman or owner of the company, who uses it to tow equipment to the site. It might be someone that tows a 5th wheel camper or large boat. You dont need to be a construction worker or own 100 acres to need a deisel truck. But you assume anyone with SD truck thats not loaded down with equipment has a macho man complex. Assume makes an ass of u and me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love seeing a big monster F-250/350/450 with:

      a) nothing in the bed

      b) no passengers, just the driver

      c) extra points for an obese driver on their way to TGI Fridays

      But even more funny and mind blowing is seeing a bunch of "King Ranch" and "Lariat" versions parked in suburban driveways and apartment building lots.

      I wonder what a real rancher would think of the little postage stamp of land that these "King Ranch" drivers live on ...
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yay America,
        a truck that can actually be used for towing, hauling, or just traveling with your family of 6 in luxury...makes far more sense than a sports car that get similar fuel economy and can do nothing at all except go fast and consume even more fuel.

        What exactly do you think people use to pull the millions of campers, boats, jetski's, construction equipment, etc, etc...F'n etc????

        F'n tool!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      No you misunderstand ... I think people should do whatever they want. Buy whatever car you want, etc.

      What I am saying is that it is so laughable to construct this image of the big manly american superman, with his big monster truck ... and then drive it back to your tiny little 1 or 2 acre postage-stamp of a yard in the suburbs.

      The above comment from Jason is correct - most real workers and ranchers have more sensible, utilitarian trucks that they actually do work with.

      We all know the person commuting to and from the suburbs from their cubicle job has never touched a cow in their life, and so I repeat - the macho cowboy mystique that they are chasing is really just a joke.

      But be my guest - do whatever you want with your money (err... I mean, with your HELOC)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The "King Ranch" edition is just the top of the line fancy version of the SuperDuty. It's named after a big ranch here in Texas. And honestly I figure "real" ranchers would probably opt for the lower trim models as more 'work' trucks, vs the decked out upscale ones.

      And just because you may see these big 1-tonners driving down the highway with an empty bed and only one person doesn't mean they never get used... Just because someone doesn't live on ranch with acreage in the thousands or doesn't always have cargo in the bed or a trailer on the back, doesn't mean they don't need or really use one of these trucks.

      We've got a 1-ton Ram Megacab. Most of the time you'll see the bed is empty and I'm driving it solo on my daily work commute. On the weekends is when it sees "truck" duty, hauling our Jeeps on a trailer, or landscaping or construction materials, or helping a friend move, or taking our dogs to the lake, or loaded up with camping gear for a trip. All while getting better fuel economy than a gas truck.

      Why'd they used a photo of the old SD though? Not that they didn't sell well, but I would assume that the huge sales numbers are for the new '08 models?
        • 8 Years Ago

        Odds are pretty good you could do the same work with a 1/2 ton, especially since a spec-ed out F-150 tows 11klbs now (3k for the trailer still leaves 4k for each of the jeeps) and hauls 3k. With all the money you would have saved, you could have bought a reasonable car for doing your daily commute and might have found that a car can actually be a lot more pleasant than a 1 ton diesel dually, while at the same time saving money on gas and making the road safer for everyone else on it. I'm not trying to tell you what to do, it just makes a lot more sense to me.
          • 8 Years Ago

          Yes, we probably could have gotten a 1/2 ton for most what we use our truck for, but honestly we really wanted a diesel -- they last longer, get better fuel economy, and diesel is generally/historically cheaper than gasoline (around here anyway). And I like the possibility of running it on bio fuels.

          I've towed with a gasser and there's really no comparison once you get behind the wheel of an oil burner. Trying to keep up with a diesel on our way from Dallas to Las Cruces, NM, for a big Jeep/4x4 event 2 years ago it was really sealed the deal for us on going diesel. We had a GMC Denali XL as the time and it had a hard time keeping pace with the diesel Ram that was leading our group, plus it got at best 7mpg towing. Our new diesel Ram gets 2x that while towing, and it gets better mileage all around than our Denali did. Plus the mileage will only get better with age and the motor will probably go a few hundred thousand miles without issue. We're planning on keeping this truck for quite a long time so we wanted a motor that we knew would be reliable for the long term.

          Oh, and our truck isn't a dually, even though it's a 1-ton. ;) We were originally planning on getting a 2500, but the truck we found with all the options we wanted turned out to be a 3500. If there were diesel 1/2 tons available, we might have gone that route, but wanting a diesel motor dictated we get a 3/4-ton or bigger truck.

          I wouldn't have gotten a car anyway though, at least not as a highway commuter vehicle in Texas. In the last 10 years I've owned 3 Jeeps (2 of which we still have), 2 fullsize GM SUVs (both now gone), and now the Ram Megacab... cars really aren't my thing -- too small, too low, too easy to break if they hit something or get hit. I see on average probably 2 wrecks a day during my commute, nearly all are a car hitting a truck or a car hitting another car (no joke, I *rarely* see a truck/SUV hit something else). The truck drives off with a scuff on the bumper, the cars always go off on a flatbed wrecker. Any cars I'd even consider driving probably wouldn't be "reasonably" priced anyway.

          I spent upwards of 2 hours a day in my vehicle commuting, so it's GOT to be something I enjoy driving, and honestly I love driving my diesel. Parking it can sometimes be interesting, but I see it as giving me more exercise by having to park further out, haha.
          • 8 Years Ago
          Actually what other people drive does affect me. Gas prices are so high b/c demand is so high in part b/c of these machines being used as commuting vehciles.

          It does affect me when I get hit by one of these things versus say a Nissan Altima. The latter poses much less threat to my life and limb but the F-body driver, indifferent or unaware, is driving a vehicle that can cause an immense amount of damage to life and property.

          Don't worry when I get hit by one of these things I will sue, sue, sue the pants off the owner/ins. company. That way insurance rates for these vehicles may be on par with the amount of damage they can cause.

          Can't we get back to the days of trucks being used for work, i.e. not recreational, applications?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Yay America: get over it, if someone wants to buy a truck just for the sole intention to fill the bed up with dirt and make it a flower pot for the front yard or whatever...... should it really be a concern of yours? I mean i dont tell you what brand mayo to buy or if your should eat it cause it makes you fat. So who cares what who ever drives?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The reason one should care about what other people drive is due to oil consumption. I do not want to pay higher prices at the pump due to high demand caused by idiots driving trucks and SUV's that are empty most of the time. Having a truck for work in another matter. SUV and truck owners donate the most money to Osama and Al Queda by keeping oil prices high...
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