Ford Begins Sending Ship Loads of AMERICA to China

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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.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Review

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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  • Noe

    Now this isn’t right – from a personal perspective.

    This is great for the Ford (until if/any trade war erupts between the usa and china) to be shipping and selling in China. I’ll try to track the units / demand for the f150 Raptor. Interesting to see those stats…..

    Personal perspective is that i’m here in Japan and as of a few years ago, sadly due to the anti-competitive nature of the japanese market, Ford officially pulled out. Yes we can get from a 3rd party importer and/or import as a personal vehicle BUT go figure. China is more open than the robotized thinking here …… yeah its only a car in this instance BUT it is like that with so much here in Japan. Japan open door policy for their products outwards but closed doors for inwards. If only we’d wake up to the fact that Japanese products aren’t that great anymore vs competition

    Saturday morning Gripe over and done with BUT heck i wish i could get a 2017 raptor officially from a dealer here!

  • craigcole

    How would you park a Raptor in Japan? I’ve been to Tokyo a few times and I’d struggle to handle a kei car on some of those side streets let alone an F-150, LOL! In any event, a Raptor would be pretty sweet and would probably get A TON of attention in Japan.

  • Noe

    If you live in central tokyo and know ‘your’ parking it is pretty easy – Raptor isn’t any more challenging than an H1, which use to park in Roppongi hills. Plenty of other places too. Expressways and countryside no worries … and the great thing with a raptor is it’ll blast passed those dreadfully slow kei’s!

    But yes you are correct in the suburbs – you have to stick to the main roads – the raptor and that includes anything low and wide too – you need to plan and know in advance otherwise don’t drive where you don’t know ….. actually its no real difference to Europe and the old cities in a sense, infact they worse, they have few modern buildings with underground parking and predominantly street parking (head to chelsea/kensington in London for an example of supercar street parking)

    Happy Mondays !