DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said on Thursday it was on track to sell over 900,000 of its profitable F-series pickup trucks in the United States this year.
Ford is the industry leader in light and commercial trucks, with its F-series lineup selling a record 939,511 units in 2004.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the world's No. 3 automaker said its F-series trucks were "on track to deliver unprecedented 'back-to-back' chart-stopping sales of 900,000 or more for 2005."
It did not elaborate, but U.S. sales of the F-series pickups are down 6.3 percent at 335,269 so far this year, as high gasoline prices appear to be denting their popularity.
The F series includes the F-150 light-duty pickup truck, and F-250 through F-750 commercial trucks.
Ford has been losing sales and big chunks of its U.S. market share to Japanese-led rivals, and demand for its once highly-profitable sport utility vehicles has plunged in recent months in the face of high fuel prices.
Overall Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales were down 10.6 percent in May and down 5.7 percent year-to-date, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
The automaker has warned it would have significantly lower overall profits this year, and that its core automotive operations may not be profitable.