One Year Ago, The Ford Mustang
Was America’s 50th-Best-Selling Vehicle
14 pickup trucks combined to form 13.6% of America’s new vehicle market in the first five months of 2013. Those trucks account for just 5.4% of the nameplates available, a number which will read 5% now that the Suzuki Equator is extinct.
America’s top truck, the best-selling vehicle line, is Ford’s F-Series. It sells nearly twice as often as the fourth-ranked Honda Accord. The Accord, meanwhile, sells about twice as often as the 19th-ranked Toyota RAV4. That RAV4 is approximately twice as popular as the 49th-ranked Subaru Forester. You get the picture. Vehicles at the top of the heap aren’t simply ranked numerically higher. They also account for the lion’s share of new vehicle sales. More than 40% of the industry’s volume comes from the 20 top vehicles.
The Forester sells twice as often as the 81st-ranked Honda Fit, which sells twice as often as the 130th-ranked BMW X1, which sells twice as often as the 167th-ranked Infiniti QX56, which sells twice as often as the 199th-ranked Mazda MX-5 Miata. Which sells once for every 119 F-Series pickups.
On Sale In May, The Jaguar F-Type Is Priced
From $69,000-$92,000 Before Options
Lost in that shuffle of truck, car, and SUV nameplates are minivans. From the Honda Odyssey down to the Volkswagen Routan, eight minivans – 3.1% of the available nameplates – account for 3.4% of the U.S. auto industry’s new vehicle volume in 2013.
As for leads, the Ford F-Series is now 29,085 units ahead of the GM truck twins. Toyota’s Camry is 16,573 sales ahead of the Honda Accord after a convincing May sales victory. Detroit’s top-selling car, the Ford Fusion, is 25,192 sales ahead of another Ford, the smaller Focus. As for utility vehicles, the Ford Escape is now 8741 sales ahead of the Honda CR-V. The previously mentioned Odyssey has a narrow 1428-unit lead over the Toyota Sienna. And among premium brand vehicles, the increasingly affordable BMW 3-Series trails the Mercedes-Benz C-Class by just 58 sales through five months.
From 19th A Year Ago, The Hyundai Elantra
Is Now America’s 13th-Best-Selling Vehicle
May’s changes include the introduction of the Jaguar F-Type, Acura’s decision to combine the RL and RLX, and one sale from the long-gone Mazda CX-7.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by May volume by clicking the May 2013 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. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
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.