How did its Chevy and Ram rivals compare?
The Ford F-Series is an American icon. The Blue Oval has no intention of letting its full-size truck lose that status, hence the arrival of the F-150 Lightning BEV. It's time to embrace a zero-emissions future. Reservations are already hovering at around the 200,000 mark and climbing. Ford wants to make sure everyone who wants one will get one following its recent announcement to double production. Meanwhile, the combustion-engined F-Series lineup has managed to thrive in this semiconductor chip shortage world.
For the 45th straight year, the F-Series was America's best-selling truck, beating both the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra and Ram truck lineups. What's more, the F-Series was the country's best-selling vehicle in general for the 40th year in a row with a grand total of 726,004 trucks sold in 2021.
In December alone, 62,496 units left dealership lots, a 3.4 percent increase compared to November. However, the F-Series' 2021 tally fell 7.8 percent compared to 2020. Given the challenging situation surrounding those chips and suppliers in general, the F-Series remains on top. The next best-selling truck in the US last year? That would be Ram (again) with a total of 569,388 examples sold, a one percent boost over 2020. In third place - and here's where Ram won't miss an opportunity to brag - comes the Chevy Silverado lineup with 529,765 trucks sold. That's a troubling 10.8 percent decrease from 2020.
Toyota, not surprisingly, came in fourth place with 81,959 trucks. That's still quite impressive given that the Tundra doesn't offer an HD version. In fifth place was the Nissan Titan with only 27,406 in sales, though that's a nearly 4 percent increase compared to last year at this time. Still, the Titan's time is likely limited.
In other Ford truck news, the brand new Maverick saw a 134 percent sales increase last month compared to November with 6,030 units sold, 2,159 of which were the hybrid. Ford adds the average time a Maverick spends on a dealer lot is just four days.
The midsize Ranger sold 6,992 examples in December, though in November that figure reached 9,874. Overall, 2021 Ranger sales dipped by 6.6 percent compared to 2020 (94,755 vs. 101,486). Despite that, Ford reports it sold 225,974 trucks in the fourth quarter, outselling all of GM's trucks combined.