One thing is certain: the most-built cars and model series have always been Volkswagens. Be it actually like the Beetle (21 million), Golf or Passat or people’s cars like the Ford Model T (15 million), Lada Shiguli (around 20 million) or Toyota Corolla (50 million). Certainly, today only the model name is the same. But whether VW Beetle or Toyota, the name has always been on the market for decades and sales are high.
Ford now celebrated the milestone of 40 million built examples of the long-lived F-Series, now known to most in the form of the F-150. The company introduced the pick-up line in the 1948 model year and has produced them ever since. The model family has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 40 years. In 2021, around 726,000 copies found new owners.
The 40 millionth F-Series was a 2022 F-150 Tremor in Iconic Silver. He didn’t roll into the museum, but is being delivered to a customer in Texas.
Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted the following video showing the special F-150 rolling off the assembly line.
The first generation of the F-Series was available as F-1 through F-8, and the increasing numbers indicated a higher gross vehicle weight rating. The palette ranged from a half-ton pickup for light work to heavy versions for commercial customers and even as buses.
The F-150 is now in its 14th generation, having debuted in the US for the 2021 model year. The biggest change is the introduction of the PowerBoost hybrid model, featuring an electrically assisted 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that produces a good 430 hp and 788 Nm of torque. Also, this version can be fitted with a 7.2-kilowatt version of the Pro Power onboard generator, which includes four 120-volt outlets and one 240-volt outlet.
The F-Series gets its first all-electric version later this year with the introduction of the F-150 Lightning. Depending on the equipment variant, its two-motor drive train delivers either 318 kW (432 hp) or 420 kW (571 hp). Irrespective of this, the electric pick-up has a torque of 1050 Nm. The standard battery offers an estimated range of 230 miles (370 km), with the Extended Range Pack it is even up to 300 miles (480 km).
Ford also touts the Lightning’s ability to power a home for nine hours if the power goes out. However, a home will need an AC-DC inverter and the optional Charge Station Pro charger for this to work.