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DEARBORN - F-Series has been the best-selling truck for 35 straight years, and the best-selling vehicle for 30 years. Here is a sampling of F-Series highlights over the long haul:
1977: Only two years after the F-150 debuts, F-Series becomes the best-selling full-size pickup truck.
1980: “The First New Trucks of the 1980s,” said the F-Series advertising. F-Series was redesigned with more aerodynamic design and car-like interiors; 4X4s had the new twin-traction beam independent suspension; and Ford’s first diesel pickup, a 6.9-liter V8 debuted.
1982: F-Series becomes the best-selling vehicle in America. A fuel-efficient 3.8-liter V6 was introduced on F-100.
1984: F-100 designation is dropped, leaving F-150 as the lightest duty Ford pickup.
1987: F-Series becomes first truck with rear-wheel, anti-lock brakes.
1993: Lightning model added midyear, with a 5.8-liter V8 producing 240 horsepower at 3,200 rpm.
1994: Driver’s side airbags were added to F-150 and F-250 models.
1997: Completely redesigned F-150 and F-250 models, the industry’s first standard third door on a pickup and an all-new twin forged independent front suspension were introduced.
1999: Ford and Harley-Davidson announce an alliance to produce the first F-150 Harley-Davidson edition. Super Duty is launched, becoming the first true medium-duty pickup.
2001: F-Series launches the SuperCrew, with four full doors and more passenger space than the previous; the Super Premium King Ranch Edition Truck also is added to the lineup.
2004: F-150 is redesigned and all models feature four doors, while F-Series sets record with 939,511 calendar year sales.
2005: Super Duty is completely redesigned and even more capable.
2007: Harley-Davidson F-150 gets a supercharged engine producing 450 horsepower. F-450 is added to the all-new Super Duty family of trucks for the 2008 model year and the new 6.4-liter V8 turbo diesel is launched.
2008: The redesigned 2009 F-150 earns top safety ratings from the NHTSA and IIHS, with its improved chassis and standard safety equipment. Platinum Edition F-150 is launched and becomes the most luxurious F-150 yet.
2009: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is launched, as the ultimate off-road performance truck.
2010: EcoBoost® is added to the F-150 lineup and delivers an unbeatable combination of best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds, payload of 3,060 pounds, torque of 420 lb.-ft. and the fuel economy of a V6.
2011: FX appearance package is added, with stealthy, flat-back appearance accents and hill start assist, which helps keep the truck from rolling backward at a stop, making it easier to pull away when on a slope or hill, especially when towing.
2012: 2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty brings no-compromise truck luxury to the market with the first-ever Platinum heavy-duty pickup, complete with unique design cues inside and out.