Ford F-150 named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Motor Trend has voted Ford’s F-150 as its 2009 Truck of the Year -- the third time in its production history that the half-ton pickup has taken top billing. In 2008, Toyota’s Tundra truck took the prize.

The Ford F-150 was one of four trucks eligible for the Truck of the Year title. The other contenders were the Dodge Ram 1500, Suzuki Equator and the Hummer H3T. To be eligible, a vehicle must be totally new or redesigned, and released in the 12 months before Jan. 1, 2009.

Ford claims it sells more of its half-ton pickups to work and commercial customers than its competitors, and the company predicts this segment will grow to 45 percent of F-150 sales.

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