Ford Motor Co. shows a brand new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck on the Rouge Advanced in Dearborn, Michigan, September 17, 2020.
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DETROIT — Ford Motor’s F-Sequence pickup will stay America’s best-selling car for a fortieth straight yr in 2021 and the business’s top-selling truck for the forty fifth consecutive yr, the corporate stated Thursday.
Whereas the pickup, which incorporates the F-150 mannequin and different bigger siblings, has topped U.S. gross sales for many years, retaining the titles this yr was notably notable given an ongoing scarcity of semiconductor chips that lowered manufacturing throughout the business.
Ford prioritized manufacturing of the F-Sequence all through rolling shutdowns of crops this yr because of the elements scarcity, solely having to shut amenities that produce the pickups for comparatively quick quantities of time in contrast with months at different crops.
The chip scarcity could trigger Normal Motors’ Chevrolet Silverado to lose its long-held second-place gross sales title this yr to Stellantis’ Ram pickup. By way of the primary three quarters, Ram’s full-size pickup gross sales totaled 434,772 items in contrast with the Silverado at about 407,000.
GM spokesman Jim Cain downplayed the nameplate rankings however stated the Detroit automaker stays “very nicely positioned to ship its seventh consecutive yr of gross sales management within the full-size pickup phase.”
Not like Ford and Stellantis, GM has two full-size pickups. It sells the higher-priced GMC Sierra alongside the Chevy Silverado. Mixed gross sales of each pickups outnumbered its crosstown rivals by way of the third quarter.
Each GM and Stellantis report gross sales on a quarterly foundation, whereas Ford stories its outcomes month-to-month.
Ford offered 663,508 F-Sequence vehicles although November, a 7% lower from a yr earlier. That features 534,831 items by way of the primary three quarters of the yr, giving it a sizeable lead over its Detroit crosstown rivals.
Ford confirmed its F-Sequence outcomes Thursday in releasing its November gross sales, which elevated 5.9% in contrast with a yr earlier to 158,793 autos.
Ford, based mostly on personal business knowledge, stated it was the one main U.S. automaker to put up a year-over-year enhance in November. It additionally stated it was the top-selling automaker within the nation for a 3rd consecutive month, marking the primary time since 1974 that it has completed that streak.