Pickup Trucks Thrive as Overall Ford Vehicle Sales Drop

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The tenth month of the year has officially been logged in the books, and it’s no secret that overall sales are down considerably compared to last year. Then again, sales of Ford pickup trucks didn’t only maintain, but they managed to thrive.

Ford claims that October 2016 was the best-selling month for the F-Series pickup trucks in 12 years, or since October 2004 to be precise. According to Wards Auto, the best-selling Ford F-150 logged a double-digit sales increase of 10.5 percent, and the Ford Transit commercial van a massive 17.4 percent hike in October of this year. Both numbers are certainly worthy of praise.

Unfortunately, double-digit sales deficits of the Ford C-MAX, Ford Mustang, and even the Ford Transit Connect Wagon (and others), netted a 11.5 percent sales decrease when compared to October 0f 2015. As you can see, even record -breaking sales for trucks couldn’t overcome the sales drop across the board. This perhaps praises Ford’s decision to move small-car production to plants in Mexico and maintain SUV and truck manufacturing in the United States.


While Ford has announced their plans to idle various plants across the country, this is something that’s normally done on a yearly basis, and it’s for inventory control and not necessarily because of a dire economical situation.

With the a new president of the United States around the corner, markets will continue to fluctuate, so don’t expect this sales rollercoaster to be over any time soon.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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