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I want to see Ford back in class 8 heavy duty trucks! Whaddayasay Ford?
 
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Yes Hudson and I could write a 20 page letter here like I did to Bill Ford and got a one page response from a dummy who intercepts his mail. First of all they needed a plant to build the new Super Duties so instead of building a new plant they sold the Heavy line so they could free up Louisville, Kentucky. They justified this by saying they weren't happy with class 8 sales to the independents, and their 10 percent marketshare was too little! The reason for their slip in sales was because someone at Ford was asleep at the wheel! C-series virtually unchanged from 1957! L-series the same story from 1971 to 1996! Then they redesign it, which must have cost a few hundred million and sell it for $ 300 million probably to recover redesign costs! Actually they GAVE it away! Do I have to say more? Ford was emasculated by that deal and now Nasser is emaciating the whole company! I have a book, "The History of Ford Trucks", which proudly tells of Ford's contributions to the fire service, construction industry, bus and school bus sector and more. Now I await the book, "The DEMISE of Ford Trucks! Their class 7 sales are nil! You can't be in medium truck sales without being in class 8 sales!
 

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While much of what you wrote was correct, Class 7 sales are ALWAYS small, no matter if you sell Class 8s or not.

In the US, 2000 calendar year sales for all trucks were:

Class 8: 211,553
Class 7: 122.614

Ford is, however, tops in sales of Class 6, Class 5, Class 4, Class 3, and Class 2.
 

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I can't say how pleased I was to see the demise of L series. Reliable but what an awful truck to drive. No legroom, rough as guts, real bad steering, and a clutch/gearshift that required double joints.

Maybe it's just Australian roads...... :eek:
 
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