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Slow ending to 2013 vehicle sales still breaks records

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

A slow and sluggish December failed to offset the U.S. auto industry's best year since 2007. The Automotive News Data Center noted that the US auto industry posted light-vehicle sales of 15.6 million units in 2013, which is an 8% gain over 2012. It is widely expected that US light-vehicle sales will surpass 16 million in 2014 for the first time since 2007. So to reach 16.0 million, sales will need to rise 3% throughout 2014.

Truck manufacturers are right on par with the rest of the industry, finishing the 2013 sales year with a lukewarm December. That aside the total annual sales in 2013 for all of the manufacturers were well above average, and many are hoping the trend will continue for 2014.

Another recent factor in the increase in sales; especially of trucks and larger vehicles, could be lower gasoline prices. The average price has fallen closer to $3 a gallon after approaching $4 multiple times in the past three years.

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A snap shot of Truck Sales Figures:

Model Year-to-Date Total Sales Figures
763,402 - Ford F-Series + 18.3% vs 2012
480,414 - Chevrolet Silverado + 14.8% vs 2012
355,673 - Dodge Ram + 21.2% vs 2012
184,389 - GMC Sierra +17.3% vs 2012
159,485 - Toyota Tacoma +12.8% vs 2012
112,732 - Toyota Tundra + 10.9% vs 2012
62,837 - Nissan Frontier + 13.4% vs 2012
16,526 - Chevrolet Avalanche -31.1% vs 2012
17,723 - Honda Ridgeline + 26.0% vs 2012
15,691 - Nissan Titan - 27.3 % vs 2012

Top Sales For December 2013
Ford F-Series 74,592 +8.4% vs 2012
Chevrolet Silverado 42,593 -16.0% vs 2012
Dodge Ram 33,405 +10.6% vs 2012
GMC Sierra 17,854 -4.6% vs 2012
Toyota Tacoma 12,761 -9.0%% vs 2012
Toyota Tundra 10,988 - 7.2%% vs 2012
Nissan Frontier 5,411 +46.7%% vs 2012
Honda Ridgeline 1,563 +0.6% vs 2012
Nissan Titan 1,284 -30.1% vs 2012
Chevrolet Avalanche 127 -95.4% vs 2012

Chrysler said it finished 2013 with 508,615 vehicles, or 79 days supply. Ford said it had 639,000 vehicles, including medium- and heavy-duty trucks, for 73 days supply, up from 61 a year earlier. GM reported 748,125 vehicles in stock or an 81 days supply, down from 96 a month earlier.

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