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Beginning Monday, October 8, FoMoCo will suspend production of its F-series Super Duty pickup for two weeks. According to Ford, sales have slumped because of the housing slowdown (Damn subprime mortgage market!), a variable that seems to have a profound effect on pickup sales. Ford's sales analyst, George Pipas, says that the production halt is a way to avoid excess inventory and has nothing to do with September's sales decline of Ford pickups by 20.8-percent.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Way too many import fanbois on this topic. Have any of you ever driven a truck?
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a European I say: this thing looks terrible. Who wants to drive in such a thing?
      It is strange indeed that sales of rivals went up and for this one down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Chris, there is no explanation for it. I live in the great southwest and there are tons of jacked up trucks everywhere. It seems like ugly sells and the uglier the better. Soccer moms drive these things around because they think it's cool. I do know someone that bought one of these things and it cost 50k usd (about 70k euro or 100k pound).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, how many chrome trees had to die for the front end of that truck?

        • 7 Years Ago
        That's so true.
        Fugly to the n'th degree.
        When did a 50 square foot flat frontal area with 48 square foot of chrome thrown in willy-nilly become attractive???

        Also, dumping the 7.3 PSD... Classic stupidity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where as I think the F-150 is the best looking pickup truck out there, this F-250 is the most hideous. What the hell were they thinking?
      • 7 Years Ago
      For september:

      Toyota Tundra up 63%
      Dodge Ram up 25%
      Silverado up 4%
      Sierra up 11%
      even Titan up 23%

      Fseries down.

      What does Ford say? Pipas and Fields blame the housing market. They have said this all 7 months the Fseries has declined this year. Oh no, dont say anything bad about the product because your honesty shoots yourself in the foot, and dont say its competiotion because you give everyone else credit. Just blame the freaking housing market.

      You know what Pipas and Fields, keep blaming the housing market until you sell zero Fseries in a month.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Laughing At You,

      Why does this beast need to be replaced?
      What is a Ram Superduty?
      What is a Silverado SuperDuty?
      And what the heck does the Dodge's 6.7L Cummins engine have to do with Fords 6.0PSD?

      Ratio 4:10,

      The 7.3 was replaced because it couldn't meet the emissions requirements
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought they only sold this to Oil Companies and PMC's??
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's only the Super Duty that's being suspended. Here in MA, the Super Duty is primarily purchased by contractors. You occasionally see a poseur in a 4-door F150, but the Super Duty's all have commercial plates.

      With the big slowdown in residential construction, lots of contractors and subs are hurting. So guess what? They aren't buying new trucks. Nothing to see here. Move along.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some of you people on here are really posting some pretty brain-dead comments like Ford should shut down for a year and so on. Give me a break, it takes a couple years for ANY changes in a prduct cycle and longer when you have limited resources. Mullaly came in less than a year ago and it takes time to turn a mulit-billion dollar company around that is so diverse in its scope it crazy.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The SuperDuty, just like every other Ford in recent memory is ALL NEW!...with a new grill and a new engine. Never mind the structure goes back to...oh, let's say, 1998. Looks like that formula doesn't actually work so well. All you highly (overly) paid Ford decisionmakers/beancounters are worthless. Like your company will soon be, if anyone listens to you much longer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      its behemoths like this that are responsible for my door dings. =(
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, its rude people that don't give a damn or people in smaller cars that can't park. I have a two beauties in my black Mustang and one came from a Cobalt. I know this because I was in the car when the girl threw her door open while yapping on her phone. I won't go into detail but payback was a bit..!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I very much doubt that. Usually it's the people driving older crappier cars that cause the door dings because they just don't care, about their car or yours. The other typical culprit is children in the back seat of a car. Many times I've seen a family pull in and the kids in the back throw the doors open into the car next to them, often the parents don't even scold them for it.

        Worst part of it is I'll try to park way back in the lots where there aren't any cars and other people will crowd around me so I end up with dings anyway. You would think they could figure out I parked far back from everyone for a reason...
      • 7 Years Ago
      -Toyota Tundra: pretty much a brand new truck which replaced a horrible F-150 knockoff. Oh and the truck was horrible, period. If it wasn't selling any better, Toyota would need to be worried.

      -Dodge Ram: Most of those sales came from heavy incentives, deals and crazy leases. Pretty bad when I can lease a Ram with a Hemi for less compared to a Honda Civic.

      -Silverado: New model...enough said.

      -Sierra: New Model

      -Titan: Not sure about that. But from what I have seen in local newspapers and a couple commercials, they have had some crazy deals slapped on the hood.

      Out of the group, the F-150 is the oldest. I wonder why it's sales are slowing. And seeing as a majority of the Super Duties go to contractors, I bet that is a good reason why sales are down.

      Gregg: I have seen several Ford commercials for those "All New" vehicles and not once have they mentioned the term "All New" (except for the Taurus and Edge). The word "new" was used but not "all new".

      Wally: that "joke" ain't funny anymore.

      Laughing at you: F-Series still outsells all those trucks. And if anyone knew the deal with the 6.0L, they would know the problems affected a small percentage of the truck. Plus, Ford didn't build it.

      Do some of you even think????
        • 7 Years Ago
        We do think but as Austin said all the trucks sales are up and even when they are down they dont blame the economy. On the oother hand when the Fseries is up Ford says its the strength of out product, when its down Ford says its the economy.

        They need more critisism because that is how u improve.
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