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Noteworthy year-over-year gross sales declines had been reported in August 2017 by the three lowest-volume members of America’s five-strong midsize pickup truck class. In consequence, U.S. gross sales of midsize pickups tumbled Eight p.c final month, driving their share of the general pickup truck class down from 18 p.c in August 2016 to 16 p.c in August 2017.

The Honda Ridgeline, America’s lowest-volume pickup truck in every of the final two months, reported a 24-percent drop to 2,610 items. For the 2018 mannequin 12 months, Honda will make the all-wheel-drive Ridgeline distinctly much less reasonably priced. The GMC Canyon, which persistently and predictably generates far much less showroom visitors than its Chevrolet Colorado twin, tumbled by a fifth to 2,698 gross sales. And the Nissan Frontier, which final 12 months reported its finest calendar 12 months leads to 15 years, continued its 2017 tumble with a 51-percent plunge to solely Four,637 items, its lowest-volume month since January.

However these are low-volume midsize vans, scarcely related within the general pickup truck scheme. Whole pickup truck quantity rose Four p.c in August as a result of full-size vans jumped 6 p.c, thanks primarily to the best-selling automobile line in America: Ford’s F-Sequence.

The F-Sequence share of America’s full-size truck market, already climbing within the earlier a part of 2017, soared to 38.5 p.c in August 2017 — up from 35.6 p.c a 12 months in the past and 38.1 p.c throughout the first seven months of 2017.

12 months-to-date, F-Sequence quantity is up 9 p.c. As a lot as Ford is happy with the general lineup’s quantity enchancment, the automaker can also be touting the variety of high-end variants customers are choosing.USA pickup truck market share pie chart 2017 - Image: © The Truth About CarsIn August, the typical transaction worth for F-Sequence Tremendous Obligation vans rose $5,500, year-over-year, to $55,000 as greater than half of all Tremendous Obligation prospects selected Lariat, King Ranch, or Platinum trims. Ford says that’s $7,000 increased than the typical transaction worth in America’s luxurious automobile class. Tremendous Dutys usually account for round one-third of F-Sequence gross sales. Ford says the typical transaction worth throughout the F-Sequence lineup rose Eight p.c to $45,600 final month.

In boosting complete full-size truck gross sales, Ford lastly acquired some assist from the section No.2, Chevrolet’s Silverado. Silverado gross sales had been down 6 p.c by means of 2017’s first seven months however rose Four p.c to almost 55,000 items in August. That was the very best month for the Silverado since December 2015.

A 5-percent Toyota Tundra enchancment and a 182-percent Nissan Titan leap (equal to 2,273 extra gross sales) pushed the full-size truck class ahead regardless of modest declines from the Ram P/U and GMC Sierra.

Rank Pickup Truck Aug. 2017 Aug. 2016 % Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD % Change
#1 Ford F-Sequence 77,007 66,946 15.zero% 576,334 527,847 9.2%
#2 Chevrolet Silverado 54,448 52,408 three.9% 363,354 380,176 -Four.Four%
#three Ram P/U 37,608 40,265 -6.6% 327,759 313,294 Four.6%
#Four Toyota Tacoma 17,394 15,373 13.1% 129,362 126,988 1.9%
#5 GMC Sierra 17,254 17,478 -1.three% 136,370 146,372 -6.Eight%
#6 Toyota Tundra 10,320 9,875 Four.5% 74,518 75,315 -1.1%
#7 Chevrolet Colorado 10,256 9,242 11.zero% 71,763 69,664 three.zero%
#Eight Nissan Frontier Four,637 9,537 -51.Four% 50,097 61,792 -18.9%
#9 Nissan Titan three,521 1,248 182% 31,776 Eight,490 274%
#10 GMC Canyon 2,698 three,363 -19.Eight% 20,347 24,257 -16.1%
#11 Honda Ridgeline 2,610 three,437 -24.1% 23,792 9,429 152%
Small/Midsize 37,595 40,952 -Eight.2% 295,361 292,130 1.1%
Full-Dimension 200,158 188,220 6.three% 1,510,111 1,451,494 Four.zero%
Whole 237,753 229,172 three.7% 1,805,472 1,743,624 three.5%

Ford actually welcomed the F-Sequence’ important August uptick. Excluding pickup vans, August 2017 gross sales on the Blue Oval slid 10 p.c. F-Sequence included, Ford was down simply 2 p.c.

At Common Motors, the Silverado/Colorado surge was a part of an 11-percent enchancment at Chevrolet. With booming Acadia and Terrain gross sales, GMC was up 12 p.c regardless of the Sierra/Canyon letdown. Cadillac and Buick, the latter particularly, each reported harsh declines.

Ram’s 7-percent pickup slide was a part of a common decline at Fiat Chrysler Cars the place Jeep tumbled 15 p.c, Chrysler was down by a 3rd, Dodge slipped simply 2 p.c, and Fiat was down 23 p.c. Whole FCA gross sales, Alfa Romeo included, had been down 11 p.c.

[Images: Nissan, © The Truth About Cars]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.

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