Barring a blockbuster December, 2017’s mild obligation automobile gross sales stand to dip under 2016’s document 17.55 million items. The Nationwide Vehicle Sellers Affiliation forecasts 17.1 million gross sales within the U.S. this calendar yr, with 2018 gross sales falling to 16.7 million automobiles.
Unhealthy information for automakers? Not if earnings keep up. And nothing generates earnings fairly like giant volumes of high-margin automobiles — pickup vans, to be actual. Whereas November 2017 was a comparatively flat month for the trade, a more in-depth have a look at the pickup section reveals America’s love affair with vans is holding the cash faucets flowing.
Put together to choose your jaw off the ground, as a result of the Ford F-Sequence line remained, by far, the best-selling truck in america final month. Shocker. With 72,769 vans offered, the F-Sequence had its finest November in 16 years. Gross sales rose zero.9 %, year-over-year, with quantity over the primary 11 months of 2017 now up some 10.1 %. Sure, it’s good being on prime.
At Common Motors, the gross sales image was extra of a combined bag. With 4 nameplates protecting the midsize and full-size segments, November amounted to a very good month for Chevrolet, however solely Chevrolet. With 46,441 gross sales, the Chevrolet Silverado was the top-selling GM truck. Gross sales rose 2.6 %, year-over-year, although this yr’s tally remains to be zero.5 % lower than final yr’s. GMC Sierra gross sales sank four %, year-over-year. That mannequin’s year-to-date efficiency can be within the purple — down three.5 % in comparison with 2016.
The image was a lot the identical for the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins. Colorado’s sturdy gross sales month — up 19.three %, year-over-year — wasn’t replicated over at GMC. Canyon gross sales sank 26.four %, year-over-year. Patrons selected the Colorado over the Canyon by a four:1 margin, with each fashions heading in the other way in year-to-date gross sales (the Chevy’s up four.1 % YTD, the GMC’s down 14.three %).
If you happen to have been wanting for lots of motion over at Ram, put together to sprint these hopes. Because the model awaits the debut of the next-generation 1500 in January, pickup gross sales sank zero.5 %, year-over-year. The model’s nonetheless up three.2 % over the primary 11 months of 2017, although.
Nissan recorded zero automobiles offered in November, truck or in any other case, however solely as a result of laptop issues screwed up the corporate’s gross sales tally. We’ll replace this put up when these figures roll in.
Toyota, then again, is properly conscious of its gross sales efficiency, and there’s good purpose for the automaker’s Christmas cheer. Tacoma gross sales rose four.three %, year-over-year, with the highest midsize pickup nameplate now up three % on a year-to-date foundation. The complete-size Tundra discovered extra patrons in November, as properly. Gross sales rose 1.three %, year-over-year, for a 1.four % YTD end. An excellent December would see the mannequin surpass final yr’s gross sales, which marked a climbdown from 2015’s post-recession gross sales peak.
Let’s face it, nobody working at Honda has any delusion that the corporate’s fortunes hinges on the unibody Ridgeline. That’s good, as a result of Honda’s entry within the midsize pickup section tanked but once more. November gross sales plummeted 24.7 %, year-over-year.
It’s the fifth straight month-to-month loss for the second-generation mannequin, which solely went on sale in June 2016. Regardless of the poor displaying, the Ridgeline did handle to outsell the Canyon by 100 items.
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