The undisputed icon still reigns supreme.
Although several automakers experienced a decline in sales in November relative to the same month a year ago, it hasn't been bad news for everyone. Kia already surpassed its previous record for the highest sales in America in a single year. For Ford, there's also a lot to be upbeat about. The Blue Oval was the only major US automaker to see a year-on-year sales jump in November. Unsurprisingly, this achievement was bolstered by the consistently strong sales of the brand's F-Series trucks. Ford says that the F-Series is now strongly positioned to emerge as the best-selling truck lineup for what would be the 45th consecutive year, a remarkable streak.
The F-Series lineup includes the F-150 and its larger siblings like the F-250. In November, Ford F-Series sales totaled 60,418, a 14.6% increase relative to November 2020. However, year-to-date sales of 663,508 units represent a 7% drop from a year ago. That's not a great surprise considering the havoc that has been caused by the semiconductor chip shortage, something that Ford was not immune to. Production of the F-150 pickup had to be paused more than once in 2021, so it makes Ford's ability to retain its sales crown even more impressive. Ford says that the F-Series is now 144,049 units ahead of its closest competitor at this late point in the year.
The F-150 maintains its lead not only because it has the right badge on its nose, but because it provides an unrivaled balance of capability, customization, comfort, and power. The latest model includes the PowerBoost hybrid that produces 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, despite being able to return a combined 25 mpg. As usual, Ford continues to make improvements to its popular pickup. Outside of the F-Series, Ford also posted strong sales for the Mustang Mach-E and the company says its electrified models grew at a rate of more than three times faster than the electrified segment as a whole. The company is battling to keep pace with Maverick demand, with 2,582 sales last month. For now, though, nothing comes close to the F-Series.