by Troy Lambert
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The Ford F-Series is the best-selling pickup truck line of all time. In 1996, more F-series trucks were sold than GM and Chevy trucks combined. The F-250 is the 3/4-ton model that Ford offers to meet the market between the lighter-duty F-150 trucks and the ultra-heavy-duty F-350.
The F-250 has been available for years as part of the Ford line. It provided more hauling and towing capacity than the half-ton F-150 series, although it was available in the same configurations. It was offered in two versions, the light and the heavy. The light duty is built on the same frame as the F-150 with heavier duty springs and axles. The heavy-duty model shared frame and hardware features with the one-ton F-350. In 1999, the light and heavy vehicles were separated as the normal F-250 and the F-250 Super Duty.
As early as 1998, Ford assigned the F-250 and F-350 their own heavy-duty category. The non-super duty remained in the light duty category with the F-150. The Super Duty resided in the category with the F-350. In 2000, all F-250 trucks received the Super Duty badge and have done so ever since. Today, the F-250 and F-350 are in the Super Duty category of Ford vehicles.
The F-250 is assured of a future in Ford history by its innovation and clear contribution to sales in the Ford lineup. It looks like it will continue in the Super Duty category for the foreseeable future, available in four different equipment packages and several different configurations.