The Messages from TV news, newspapers, and web feeds are about as mixed as you can imagine. Fuel prices look to hit record highs in the coming months while construction starts are finally beginning to move in the right direction. Ad to that four solid months of strong automotive sales growth and there could be a few reasons to be optimistic about the economy. Still, less expensive, small car sales are leading the way, as some are reporting overall truck sales are likely to decreased month-over-month for the segment, just as they did last month.
Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle said pickup trucks are expected to account for about 10.5 percent of U.S. auto sales in February; down from 11.0 percent in January and 13.5 percent in December 2011. If February sales were to be annualized, the total number of vehicle sales by year-end would likely reach 14 million units.
We’ve provided the Top 15 here this month. Take note of the two vehicles (*) that are no longer in production but are still being sold (Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota).
|Rank||YTD Sales||YTD vs. 2011||Year-Over-Year||Monthly Sales||Feb. Percent|
|1||Ford F-Series||+16.9%||February 2012||47,273||+25.9|
|2||Chevrolet Silverado||-1.3%||February 2012||32,297||+1.8|
|3||Ram Trucks||+31.3%||February 2012||22,595||+21.2|
|4||GMC Sierra||-6.7%||February 2012||11,306||-3.3|
|5||Toyota Tacoma||+30.2%||February 2012||10,662||+35.3|
|6||Toyota Tundra||-9.6%||February 2012||6,328||-9.7|
|7||Ford Ranger *||+43.7%||February 2012||4,482||+18.6|
|8||Nissan Frontier||+26.8||February 2012||4,237||+20.1|
|9||Chevrolet Colorado||+33.1%||February 2012||3,532||+35.5|
|10||Chevrolet Avalanche||+21.3||February 2012||1,794||+26.9|
|11||Nissan Titan||-0.6%||February 2012||1,576||+7.4|
|12||Honda Ridgeline||+48.3||February 2012||1,370||+50.9|
|13||GMC Canyon||+45.5%||February 2012||1,064||+39.1|
|14||Dodge Dakota *||-88.1%||February 2012||139||-91.6|
|15||Suzuki Equator||-5.8%||February 2012||151||+18.9|