Ford Silences the Critics, Posts Mind Blowing Truck Sales to End 2015
Over the course of the 2015 calendar year, Ford was plagued with delays in building and delivering the 2015 F150, but the Motor Company ironed those issues out to finish the year very strong. In fact, December was the first time in more than ten years where Ford sold more than 85,000 trucks in a single month and while the company doesn’t offer a breakdown by truck class, the F Series generally accounts for more than half of Ford’s monthly truck sales.
In other words, now that Ford has finally gotten a proper stock of new aluminum bodied F150 pickups to dealerships all over the country, sales numbers are exploding.
“December capped off six straight months of year-over-year sales gains for F-Series, with strong increases coming from both retail sales and the strength of commercial fleet orders, as we closed out 2015,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.
Amazing Monthly Sales Broken Down
December was, as usual, a shorter month for auto dealerships around the country due to Christmas falling on a weekday. Dealerships had 26 selling days last month and in many cases, the sales crews worked unusual hours, but for the sake of discussion, let’s assume that every Ford dealership in America was open for 12 hour days for those 26 selling days in December.
With 85,211 Ford F Series pickups sold in December over the course of 26 selling days, Ford sold 3,277 trucks each day last month. When you break it down by hour, based on 12 hour work days, Ford sold 273 new trucks every working hour last month and that leads to 4.55 trucks per minute.
That’s right – Ford sold roughly 4 trucks every MINUTE that dealerships were open last month.
Mind you, this is the same truck that the critics insisted would not sell because the consumer market wouldn't stand for an aluminum bodied truck. Not surprisingly, many of those same people were wrong when they insisted that the EcoBoost V6 wouldn't work as a premium half ton truck engine. Once again, Ford's critics are horribly wrong...in Ford's favor. Perhaps at some point, these outlets who constantly play devil's advocate and bash products simply to stand out from the crowd will give up being wrong simply to be different. In any case, the new F150 is killing it in the sales reports.
Another Big Year for the F Series
After getting a slow start to the 2015 sales year, the Ford F Series trucks have built momentum with the continued delivery of 2015 F150 pickups in more trims and colors around the country. As a result, Ford truck sales have grown over the past few months and this has led to a solid growth for the F Series truck in 2015. Ford was very pleased with 2014 F Series sales, when they sold 753,851 new trucks, but 2015 improved by 3.5% for a total of 780,354.
The sales numbers from around the industry have just started hitting the web this morning, so I am still collecting data, but unless GM sold a half million Silverado pickups last month – the Ford F Series will be the bestselling vehicle in America for the 34th straight year and the bestselling truck in America for the 39th straight year.
Once we have sales numbers from every company and I have put together the official list of the bestselling vehicles in America, you will find it here on TorqueNews.com. Stay tuned!