U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – December 2018 YTD


United States Automotive Market: Brand and Corporation Sales Rankings for December 2018

Here you will find the rankings of all the major automotive brands and corporations selling vehicles in the U.S market. Each month we compile the sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the best selling list below. Note that the data trickles in throughout the day early in the month and we will update you in real time as we get the data.


Our Take Brand & Corporation Rankings

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the company that seems to have had the greatest improvements. Ford and General Motors both saw declines in sales for the month of December and the year.

Subaru, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover and Tesla are the only other companies to have percentage increases for the month of December and the year.

Daimler took the biggest hit in the month of December and YTD, suffering a 16.10 percent decrease in sales YTD when compared to last year.

Tesla’s sales increases are directly tied to the fact that the company seems finally able to produce its Model 3 sedan at the rate it needs to. It will be interesting to see if it can keep production levels high.

From a brand standpoint, it looks like brands that have focused their recent efforts on crossovers, SUVs, and trucks made the most sales. This is a trend that’s likely to continue as 2019 moves along.


US Automotive Brand Rankings – YTD

In this table, we take the year to date automotive sales and rank the top brands. We have also included market share numbers for the month and year to date to see relative results more easily.

Brand Month sold2 Change YTD sold4 YTD Change Month Share YTD Share
Acura 16,774 15,062 11.37 158,934 154,602 2.80 1.04 0.92
Alfa Romeo 1,946 2,034 -4.33 23,800 12,031 97.82 0.12 0.14
Audi 22,765 26,616 -14.47 223,068 223,271 -0.09 1.42 1.29
BMW 34,357 34,253 0.30 311,014 305,685 1.74 2.14 1.80
Buick 17,305 22,285 -22.35 207,223 219,231 -5.48 1.08 1.20
Cadillac 14,001 13,733 1.95 153,863 141,740 8.55 0.87 0.89
Chevrolet 179,212 206,804 -13.34 2,017,205 2,065,879 -2.36 11.16 11.70
Chrysler 12,425 17,208 -27.80 165,964 188,545 -11.98 0.77 0.96
Dodge 32,528 27,885 16.65 459,324 446,996 2.76 2.03 2.66
Fiat 977 1,738 -43.79 15,521 26,492 -41.41 0.06 0.09
Ford 208,106 230,291 -9.63 2,386,588 2,464,041 -3.14 12.96 13.84
Genesis 614 1,948 -68.48 9,940 20,612 -51.78 0.04 0.06
GMC 54,203 64,146 -15.50 556,451 559,887 -0.61 3.38 3.23
Honda 138,341 134,255 3.04 1,445,627 1,484,750 -2.63 8.61 8.39
Hyundai 65,107 61,646 5.61 679,127 664,942 2.13 4.05 3.94
Infiniti 18,065 16,379 10.29 149,280 153,415 -2.70 1.12 0.87
Jaguar 3,462 3,414 1.41 30,254 39,886 -24.15 0.22 0.18
Jeep 80,449 73,205 9.90 973,227 828,522 17.47 5.01 5.65
Kia 47,428 43,039 10.20 589,673 589,668 0.00 2.95 3.42
Land Rover 10,617 7,980 33.05 92,143 74,326 23.97 0.66 0.53
Lexus 35,524 35,461 0.18 298,302 304,376 -2.00 2.21 1.73
Lincoln 11,526 10,619 8.54 103,587 111,159 -6.81 0.72 0.60
Mazda 25,870 26,893 -3.80 300,325 289,469 3.75 1.61 1.74
Mercedes-Benz 36,132 44,635 -19.05 353,183 419,397 -15.79 2.25 2.05
Mini 2,797 4,611 -39.34 43,684 47,102 -7.26 0.17 0.25
Mitsubishi 8,986 8,501 5.71 118,074 103,686 13.88 0.56 0.68
Nissan 130,655 121,847 7.23 1,344,597 1,440,049 -6.63 8.14 7.80
Porsche 4,086 4,214 -3.04 59,116 60,507 -2.30 0.25 0.34
Ram 68,195 49,876 36.73 597,368 556,790 7.29 4.25 3.46
Smart 122 166 -26.51 1,276 3,071 -58.45 0.01 0.01
Subaru 64,541 63,342 1.89 680,135 647,956 4.97 4.02 3.95
Tesla 32,600 5,460 497.07 197,517 50,067 294.51 2.03 1.15
Toyota 185,384 187,518 -1.14 2,224,156 2,129,174 4.46 11.54 12.90
Volkswagen 32,047 30,281 5.83 354,053 339,676 4.23 2.00 2.05
Volvo 8,826 9,679 -8.81 94,615 81,434 16.19 0.55 0.55
∑ = 1,605,973 ∑ = 17,418,214

*General Motors is now reporting quarterly. Figures displayed are the monthly average over the last 3 months (by total sell days).

Automaker Rankings – YTD

In this table, we take the year to date automotive sales and rank the top automakers. This is the corporation level results. We have also included market share numbers for the month and year to date to see relative results more easily.

Manufacturer Month sold2 Change YTD sold4 YTD Change Month Share YTD Share
BMW Group 37,154 38,864 -4.40 354,698 352,787 0.54 2.31 2.06
Daimler 36,254 44,801 -19.08 354,459 422,468 -16.10 2.26 2.06
FCA 196,520 173,373 13.35 2,238,307 2,073,147 7.97 12.24 12.98
Ford Motor Company 219,632 240,910 -8.83 2,490,175 2,575,200 -3.30 13.68 14.44
General Motors 264,721 306,968 -13.76 2,934,742 2,986,737 -1.74 16.48 17.02
Honda Motor Company 155,115 149,317 3.88 1,604,561 1,639,352 -2.12 9.66 9.31
Hyundai Kia Auto Group 113,149 106,633 6.11 1,278,740 1,275,222 0.28 7.05 7.42
Jaguar Land Rover 14,079 11,394 23.57 122,397 114,212 7.17 0.88 0.71
Mazda 25,870 26,893 -3.80 300,325 289,469 3.75 1.61 1.74
Nissan Motor Co 157,706 146,727 7.48 1,611,951 1,697,150 -5.02 9.82 9.35
Subaru Corporation 64,541 63,342 1.89 680,135 647,956 4.97 4.02 3.94
Tesla 32,600 5,460 497.07 197,517 50,067 294.51 2.03 1.15
Toyota Motor Corp 220,908 222,979 -0.93 2,522,458 2,433,749 3.64 13.76 14.63
Volkswagen Group 58,898 61,409 -4.09 636,392 625,859 1.68 3.67 3.69
Volvo 8,826 9,679 -8.81 94,615 81,434 16.19 0.55 0.55
∑ = 1,605,973 ∑ = 17,421,472

2018 Marketshare by Brand

Automotive Data Disclosures

Source: Automakers
* Does not include Lamborghini :
^ Excluding Sprinter/Metris:
° Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Ram = FCA
WSJ estimate for Tesla:
estimate for Rolls Royce:
estimate for Aston Martin:
estimate for McLaren:
WSJ estimate for Ferrari:
† Industry total takes into account Automotive News figures/estimates for brands such as Tesla and other low-volume, high-priced manufacturers.