It's not just the mainstream pickup trucks that are selling well so far this year. Even specialty vehicles like Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor are feeling the love.
Through March, sales of the 2012 Raptor are up 35 percent compared with the first three months of 2011. That puts the Raptor on a blazing pace to sell close to 15,000 units by the end of this year, far ahead of any of the early projections that even the most optimistic Raptor fans had when the vehicle was introduced.
The Dearborn Truck Plant is producing about three Raptors per hour on the assembly line, mixed in with the rest of the other F-150 models, and that production number has already been bumped up once in the past year to meet demand. We've heard no word as to whether Ford may try to boost output to four units per hour.