While there was undoubtedly some consternation among pickup truck traditionalists and industry pundits, it appears Americans like their full-size V6 pickups just fine, thank you. According to The Wall Street Journal, Ford Motor Company had expected sales of its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6-equipped F-150 pickups to represent about 40 percent of its mix, but the turbocharged six-cylinder is on target to be around 45 percent of the mainstay model's sales tally, with sales hitting about 100,000 units in 2011.

Despite the sour economy, WSJ notes that sales of Ford's pickups are up around eight percent this year, though that increase trails that of its crosstown rivals at General Motors and Ram.



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      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      A V6 is alot easier to swallow when it actually makes good power. there was a preference to the V8 rooted from the days when V6s were after thought boat anchors and the only "real" engine was a V8. That is obviously not a concern anymore and the market is confirming that.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 3 Years Ago
      EPA mileage is underrated if you drive highways with a light foot. You can get the advertized FX2 mileage in an FX4. That's a big deal in a 4x4 truck. I usually see 21-23 mpg. And that's in an FX4, 3.73 gear ratio, SuperCab. That's like 5,400lbs worth of truck with the aerodynamics of a parachute. Not bad Ford, not bad at all.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Listen, when a V6 pickup can grab the interest of Firefighters, you're going to have a hit. They all drive trucks, and they all have money to burn on new pickups.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prior to the launch of these engines Chevrolet's half-ton pickups where actually outselling Ford's half-ton pickups. So I have to say that Ford had the biggest sales increase.
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Classical American response. Talk crap for YEARS about turbo cars with all this "no replacement for displacement" nonsense. V8 or DIE, etc. Ford knew they had these biased (incorrect) opinions and showed off with the full ecoboost torture test. Now these idiots are *finally* at least giving a turbo motor a chance, and SURPRISE! It's not so bad after all now is it. But keep talking crap about the AWD import's that dust your GT500 with a 2.0 liter and AWD. (So tired of being correct, and at the same time unpopular, until my very ideals become mainstream)
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I was originally going to say something like "wow you're a total d-ck" but then read your post and realized that you made some good points, HOWEVER since you're condescending, elitist and idealistically infused ego got the better part of you, my original thoughts are still valid. You're a total d-ck! I figure that the first step is identifying the problem, now it's up to you to fix it! Hey someone's got to lend a hand right? ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
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        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Correction, modded AWD imports. I like said imports but stock for stock if you're comparing to a new GT500, not doing to "dust" them. Sure modded vs stock, absolutely, but at that point it's pointless comparing a stock vs modded car. Although thanks for trying to again bring up your cars superiority in a story that has nothing to do with that.
        SheldonRoss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        "But keep talking crap about the AWD import's that dust your GT500 with a 2.0 liter and AWD." Lol, a stock evo is gonna be left in the dust wondering where the GT500 went. 2007 GT500 0-60 4.7 2012 GT500 0-60 4.0 2007 EVO 0-60 4.8 2011 EVO 0-60 5.2 Or is there some other 2.0 Turbo AWD car you're referring to? Oh what's that? You're EVO is fully bolted with a GT3076? Then it's a bogus comparison. Get real GT500 > Evo and this is coming from guy that owns a MS3
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          saw that, its the one where the Trans overheated isnt it?......
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          Sheldon, dont fall into Acids trap....this will turn a blog about TRUCKS into a worship session for his Evo....
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SheldonRoss
          @Dean You mean an on-topic discussion about smaller forced induction engines being finally viable to take on bigger cubes? Yeah I just pulled that out of my ass for sure. Except I didnt.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Oh, wait, no. I was wrong. He's back to talking about Ford downsizing, when they really aren't. They're still using V8s in the F-150, moron.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Never said they aren't using the V8. Guess which one is selling better ;)
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The article basically says they are way more popular than even Ford forecasted.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Acid, you really have to change your tune...its not aging well...do yourself a favor and pull YTD sales on the vehicles that star in your dreamworld....they are far from being something to write home about.....and anything but sucessful.....
      REOakes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Eight percent only trails GM and Ram because they started at a lower base. Ford F150 is the best selling vehicle in the country, and eight percent is a might respectable increase! Drop the snarky comments when they don't pass the sniff test.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @REOakes
        not to mention incentives...Dodge has $8200 on the hod in potential rebates right now....
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hope you keep up this same song-and-dance when GM comes out with their own in a few years. And it IS coming, too. Of course, I expect you to pine over it like it's the greatest automotive innovation since the turnkey ignition.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        once again Matt....name anything in ANYONES lineup that can tow up to 11300 and gets anywhere near its mileage.....and PS in a recent ( albeit attempting to eek the best mileage out of it ) test it returned over 28mpgs....
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        God I hate it when I'm right...
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          its a burden you have to live with Elmo....LMAO!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        Matt, what are you going to do/ say when GM reacts to its popularity and releases something similar?......
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        still waiting Matt.....
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      And in comes True voice...I mean Matt...I mean Z71 Silvy...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Oh and Acid to talk down the Raptor more because it has an auto...
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I think Matt has a new Name...could he also be "Max"?.....
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          You call it the truth, so where is the proof of being the truth?
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Crosstown" rivals are doing better only because GM and Dodge posted much lower sales last year during these past 2 months, while Ford was still posting sales increases...this month the F150 might only be up 8% because it was pretty high on Sept of last year.
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      so 100,000 idiots then... just wait, these trucks will be falling apart. there is a reason why i can get a 4 year old ford for the same price as a 8 year old silverado... v6 turbo in a 3 ton truck is just stupid, its not going to last
      iBiRiAiDiFiOiRiD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mission: Success. Way to Go Ford! - Bradford
      s1093
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im not surprised. I see at least one ecoboost F-150 almost everyday. Good job, Ford.
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