The American automaker has begun shipping its 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to customers in China.
This is the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China, joining the Ford GT, Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST as Ford Performance offerings in the country. The Ford F-Series pickup truck has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 35 straight years and now it will start to capture the attention of Chinese customers.
Manufactured in Dearborn, Michigan, the all-new F-150 Raptor is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine providing 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
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Ford isn’t the only American automaker exporting pickup trucks to China. Late last year, Chevrolet announced it will export U.S.-built Silverado and Colorado pickups to China starting this year. Forbes reported that Chinese buyers are already paying top-dollar for a record number of Dodge Rams, some of which are entering the country through illicit channels.
“Raptor’s unique looks and capability have generated amazing buzz at every auto show we’ve brought it to around China,” said David Schoch, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “F-150 Raptor is another example of our commitment to offer a wide range of vehicles for customers in China – everything from SUVs to high-performance cars and trucks.”
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