AMERICAN VEHICULAR SALES – 1/3rd of 2008 – Part 1

Much of the changing automotive scene can be attributed to rising gasoline prices. There’s no denying that brand new vehicles are more and more commonly cars and not trucks. A brief drive on a south Texas interstate may intimate otherwise, but factually speaking, the best sellers list for the first four months of this year showcase some obvious changes. Nope, these changes aren’t ‘surprising’, but the depth of the change will be shocking to some.

Numbers strips away all the excess info and opinion and sticks to the need-to-know. The recent Camry vs Silverado post here on GoodCarBadCar.net piqued interest in this U.S. auto sales talk. Thus, today, a deeper look seems necessary.
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939,511 – total Ford F-Series sales in the year 2004
690,589 – total Ford F-Series sales last year
578,853 – pace on which the Ford F-Series is predicted to sell this year, as judged by the first four months of ’08
20.8 – percentage decline in sales for the Chevrolet Silverado in the first four months of 2008; compared with the first four months of 2007
120 – total variants of the Chevy Silverado built by General Motors
14.6 – total percentage of Toyota Camry sales generated by the hybrid model so far in 2008, a 3.6% increase versus the same period of 2007
441,054 – pace on which the Toyota Camry is predicted to sell this year, as judged by the first four months of ’08
1 – position(s) gained by the Honda Accord on the best-selling vehicle list in America, from fifth to fourth, in the first four months of this year
39.8 – percentage increase in Honda Civic Hybrid sales in April versus April of ’07, helping the Civic Hybrid contribute to the tune of 12.7% of total Civic sales
10,735 – difference in sales between the #1 Honda, the Accord, and the less expensive, smaller, but more fuel efficient Civic, during the first four months of 2008

24,221 – difference in sales between the #1 Honda, the Accord, and the Civic during the first four months of 2007