U.S. auto sales slipped behind 2016’s pace for a third consecutive month in March 2017, failing to measure up to record performances from last year while remaining healthy thanks to strong incentives, surging pickup truck sales, and continued SUV/crossover growth.
The Ford F-Series’ 10% year-over-year uptick stood in stark contrast to the nearly 2% drop seen across the market in March 2017. First-quarter F-Series sales likewise jumped 10% as the overall U.S. auto industry slid slightly less than 2%.
The Nissan Rogue’s 43% Q1 leap leads an SUV/crossover segment that’s added 143,000 sales already this year. The Toyota Camry, meanwhile, down 13% so far this year, leads a passenger car sector that’s already lost 202,000 sales compared with the Q1 2016.
The Dodge Grand Caravan, up 19%, leads a minivan segment that’s fallen 20% this year. And the commercial van segment is down 5% in part because of a 16% drop in sales of the class-leading Ford Transit and a 31% drop in sales of the small commercial van leader, the Ford Transit Connect.
March 2017 did not welcome any new vehicles to the fleet, but two old vehicles, long since discontinued, picked up a handful of sales. Toyota reported its first two FJ Cruiser sales of the year; Nissan reported a single Xterra sale.
The table below is completely sortable, so when you click the column header to sort by vehicle names to showcase all Buicks together, for example, you’ll also see the Buick brand’s total.
Auto brands are shown in bold for differentiation between makes and models. Automakers are in bold and italicized. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
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}); Reminder: these are 2017 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by March volume by clicking the March 2017 column header, or you can rank vehicles by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Vehicle column header.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
Source: Automakers & ANDC & WSJ * Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ² Total Prius Family sales: down 19% to 9761 in March; down 17% to 26,634 in Q1. ³ Hyundai USA combines sales of the Genesis and Genesis Coupe. ° Overall market figure is a combination of all reported sales figures and HybridCars.com estimate for Tesla. ` FCA figures in this space include Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, and Ram. † Tesla figures are estimates from HybridCars.com. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for Aston Martin and Lotus in 2017’s first three months were 171 and 9 units, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.comandThe Wall Street Journal. HybridCars.com Model S sales estimate: down 9% to 3100 in March; down 9% to 6000 in Q1. HybridCars.com Model X estimate: up 39% to 2500 in March; up 59% to 4300 in Q1. WSJ Model S estimate: flat at 2100 in March; down 4% to 5800 in Q1. WSJ Model X estimate: up 189% to 1950 in March; up 297% to 5950 in Q1.