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Used Find of the Week: A Presidential Pickup

December 18th, 2012

George Bush's Ford truck

How to know you’re rich:

You need a truck for your ranch. Not to do a lot of work, but just to get from one part of the ranch to another. You’ll probably have some passengers now and then—you know, the usual: family, friends, world dignitaries and the like. Your truck won’t ever be driven on public roads—it’ll stay on the ranch all the time. You have other vehicles for taking into public spaces, or someone drives for you.

Your ranch truck can’t just be an old beater, like every other ranch truck in the fields of these great United States. No, a 1972 Ford F-100 won’t do at all. You need leather, heated seats and four doors. You need to buy a brand-new Ford F-150 King Ranch.

If you’re George W. Bush in 2009, that’s exactly what you did.

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The Aluminum Ford F-150: Fact or Fiction?

July 30th, 2012

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

The Jaguar XJ and Audi A8 famously use aluminum frames and body panels to help the luxury barges achieve a low weight and improved fuel economy over their steel-wearing brethren.

In those vehicles, aluminum makes sense, and it’s probably the material of the future for cars in their class.

Fullsize American pickups, though, require something a little sturdier. American cowboys like their domestic workhorses because they’re tough, heavy-duty machines built with good old-fashioned steel. No pansy lightweight building materials like those Europeans are using.

Well, cover your ears cowboys, because the F-150 is going aluminum. Maybe.

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Chinese Auto Parts Flood the Country, Spawn Doppelgangers

February 1st, 2012

JAC 4R3

Does the truck in this photo look familiar? At first glance, it could very well be an upcoming version of a slightly tweaked Ford F-150. Grainy pictures are pretty typical of shots from early in a model’s development. Yet there’s something just a little off about the picture that doesn’t seem quite up to Ford’s standards.

Plus, this style of F-150 has been working American construction sites and cruising U.S. highways for years, so there’s really no reason to hide any minor changes to the body or release teaser pictures.

Obviously, the truck in this picture is not an F-150. But what is it?

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Surprise! The Best Selling Vehicles of 2011

January 6th, 2012

2012 Ford Fusion

The number one best selling vehicle last year was the Ford F-150. No big surprise there, right?

Dealers sold a total of 584,917 F-Series trucks in 2011, beating out the second-place Chevrolet Silverado by 169,787 vehicles. If anything proves that the people in the U.S. like their trucks more than their gas money, this is the list that proves it.

While the number one and two spots on the list are not a surprise, things get interesting from there. The Accord/Camry fight has been infiltrated by a third player, and an aging contender, once thought to be washed up, came back with a surprising showing.

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