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2020 US Auto Sales Figures – By Manufacturer (Automaker Rankings)

2020 U.S. Automotive Sales by Automaker – The Best-Selling Automotive Manufacturers By Sales Volume

In 2020, the U.S. auto market was significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges were multifaceted, including factory shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, reduced consumer demand due to economic uncertainty, and temporary closures of many dealerships. However, despite a notable decrease in sales in the initial months of the pandemic, the auto market saw some recovery in the latter half of the year. GM was the largest American automaker, which includes brands Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and Buick, saw the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups among its top performers. While the Ford F-Series retained its status as America’s best-selling vehicle, Ford’s overall numbers were also backed by SUVs like the Explorer and Escape. Toyota, with its RAV4, Camry, and Corolla, remained a top seller in the U.S. market. The RAV4, in particular, showed impressive numbers. Now known as Stellantis after a merger in early 2021, FCA’s 2020 sales were driven by brands like Ram, Jeep, and Dodge. The Ram pickup and Jeep SUVs like the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee were standout models.

2020 Best Selling Automakers in the U.S

This data table looks at last month’s total passenger car sales volumes in the United States by manufacturer. We compare U.S manufacturer sales for last month with the same month last year. We also include the year to date sales numbers and compare with the same year to date numbers from last year. With both monthly and YTD sales numbers we have a growth rate column so you can better gauge an individual manufacturer’s sales success in the U.S market.

2020 Automaker Market Share Dynamics in the U.S

This chart gives you a view of the year to date automotive sales volumes by manufacturer and how they make up the U.S automotive market in terms of market share. You can see in this handy chart that the big manufacturer continue to make up a disproportionate amount of the market for new car sales.

2020 vs 2019 U.S Automaker Sales Comparison

This chart simply takes each brand and compares their year to date sales with the year to date sales for the same time last year. Brands where the dark green bar is lower than the light green have seen declines in sales year on year whereas brands with a higher dark green bar and lower light green bar are seeing growth in volumes year on year.

2020 Automaker U.S Sales Growth Analysis

This chart might seem a little complicated at first but once you understand it is very helpful. First, the size of the area for each manufacturer refers to their market share (i.e size). The bigger the circle the larger the manufacturer in terms of sales volumes (YTD). The position of the circle in the chart along the left axis looks at the year to date growth of that manufacturer. The higher the manufacturer is on the chart, the more year to date growth it is seeing in sales volumes. Along the bottom axis you can see the total volumes shipped by that manufacturer year to date.

Automotive Data Disclosures

Important note: Both Ford, GM, and FCA have switched to quarterly reporting, making it more difficult to accurately gauge sales. We won’t have results to report for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, and Ram until the end of each quarter.