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ford f-650 truck seattle washingtonWhen it comes to big hauling trucks, sales for Ford haven’t been this good since 1997. Sales are up 59 percent year-over-year, and that’s just the first 8 months of 2016 compared to the entirety of 2015. The redesigned Ford F-650 and Ford F-750 were released in August 2015, so the growth with these new models – which includes Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab body styles – happened  quickly.

It may be due in part to the fact that Ford Motor Company remains the only vehicle manufacturer to put a medium-duty truck on the market with a gasoline-powered engine . In fact, Ford is the only automaker that both designs and builds its transmissions and diesel engines.

Both the Ford F-650 and the Ford F-750 come with a 6.8-liter V10 engine with 320 horsepower and 460 foot pounds of toque. They also have the TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission exclusive to Ford. As an added bonus, Ford can factory-prep the 6.8-liter engine for conversion to more cost-effective alternatives to gasoline as they emerge, such as natural gas or liquid propane.

“Towing and rental customers have embraced the gas engine, and others are looking at this powertrain for more severe service applications,” says Kevin Koester, Ford’s medium-duty truck and super duty fleet marketing manager, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center