The Ford F150 is the best selling single vehicle on the planet, around a
million annually, and has been for over 28 years. Ford sells more F Series
trucks alone, not counting SUVs than Toyota sells cars, trucks and SUVs
combined. GM sells even more trucks than Ford, but not as one brand like
Ford. They are sold as Chevys and GMCs. Toyotas Camry is the number one
selling mid size car of one brand but GM sells more mid size cars, but under
several brands. GM, Ford and Chryslers full size trucks outsell the Camry
Surely you are not suggesting high sales figures are indicative of poor
quality are you? If the quality of Japanese trucks was even near to that
of those sold by GM and Ford they would sell far more of them.
Ford has been selling Pickups since Mike Hunter was in diapers (Ford made a
model A pickup).
GM has been making pickups for a long time, too, probably since before the
war Mike fought in.
Toyota has been selling pickups in the US since the early 70s. However,
Toyota made only small pickups, back then. I think the biggest pickup Toyota
sells, the Tundra, is considered a midsize pickup. The only other Japanese
automakers to sell a pickup that I am aware of are Subura (the Brat), Mazda
B-series and the Honda Ridgeline, which is a midsize pickup. The Brat was a
small pickup, and the Mazda B-series was about the same size as the Ranger
(in fact the later models are rebadged Rangers - I am not sure about the
Besides the Japanese pickups, the only pickups I can remember ever being
imported were some VW pickups a while back.
You forget to mention the best of the Jap pickups, the Nissan Titan. Unlike
the Tundra, the Titan is actually made in this county, in Tennessee, but it
is way overpriced vis a v Ford and GM to compete. The Mazda B-series is a
rebaged Ford Ranger with a longer warranty and a higher price. The Honda
Ridgeline can hardly be considered a truck, it is built off a FWD car
chassis, that is why it only comes in AWD, thus nothing more than a
crossover like the Subaru 4 dr 'truck'
I totally forgot about the Isuzus.My uncle even owned one. I even remember
it idiot who used to do their ads (Joe Isuzu).
The Peugeot 404 and 504 were cars, not trucks. I don't think Peugeot ever
imported trucks or even made many trucks. I remember the 504, because I
learned to drive on the 504 diesel.
Unfortunately, Peugeot never made any money in the US and withdrew from the
market. It was a great car, with four wheel independent suspension about 10
years before any American car company offered a car with 4-wheel independent
suspension and 4 wheel disk brakes. And there was even the oppurtunity to
learn how to remove and replace the cylinder head (let's just say the idea
of an aluminum head and iron block did not work out as well as some would
Peugeot made and still makes wonderful cars. The REAL problem with them back
in the 70's 80's and early 90's ( my only years of experience with them ) is
the ridiculous French engineering. I never meet a mechanic other than one
that worked of a dealer that knew how to fix the dammed things. Absolutely
nothing was logical by American or other Western European standards. I used
to borrow my cousins 504 when I lived in the Caribbean and my Lada was in
the shop, which was not to often. However I LOVED the ride on that 504.
Being a true American, and Patriot, if I saw a Peugeot on the streets here
in NYC today I would unquestionably and unequivocally spit on the dam
drivers door handle and leave a note telling the jeck that owns it to leave
Canada ( and likely the US)in 1971.58,800 sedans, 168,000 coupes, and
42,800 wagons in the first year of production. 55,800 sedans, 262,700
coupes, and 72,000 wagons the second year.395,792 of all combined the
third year (1973), and 452,888 in 1974.
OBVIOUSLY nothing to do with Quality. Never heard of a VEGA being used
as any kind of a yardstick by which to measure quality of small cars.
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Really? Why is that when we attends an old car show we will see many
domestic brands as well as many from England, Germany, and even Italy, but
rarely see anything from the Japanese except for an occasional 'Z' car or an
RX7. If Japanese cars are so good where are all the old cars? When
counting car sales you must remember GM and Ford sell many more individual
brands than the imports. When comes to total truck sales import are an
First the cars were not popular at the time except for the VW Beetle.
Also the Japanese cars (with the exception of the 240Z) had/have not
style, no emotional connection to them. I always think of Japanese cars
as appliances, reliable, but nothing to look at and stir your emotions.
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