August 2016 Truck Sales – Mid-Size Again Dominates

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In the land of full-size trucks, the mid-size market continues to prove critics and diehards wrong. While many wonder why people spend the same money for a smaller truck, the sales results tell the story. Mid-size trucks are simply hot right now.

August 2016 U.S. Truck Sales

Sales slowed for both Toyota truck products in August meaning many trucks like this one from Ashland Toyota Scion sat around in showrooms.

For the month of August, truck sales slipped a bit – a surprising first in a long stretch of impressive sales results.

Here is the data:

RankModel YTD SalesYTD vs. 2015Year-Over-YearMonthly SalesMonthly Change vs. 2015
1 - Ford F-Series527,847+6.7%August 2016
August 2015
2 - Chevy Silverado380,176-1.8%August 2016
August 2015
3 - Ram Truck308,970+4.6%August 2016
August 2015
4 - GMC Sierra146,372+3.2%August 2016
August 2015
5 - Toyota Tacoma126,988+4.0%August 2016
August 2015
6 - Toyota Tundra75,315-7.7%August 2016
August 2015
7 - Chevrolet Colorado69,664+24.6%August 2016
August 2015
8 - Nissan Frontier61,792+44.9%August 2016
August 2015
9 - GMC Canyon24,257+20.7%August 2016
August 2015
10 - Honda Ridgeline9,429+1,738%August 2016
August 2015
11 - Nissan Titan8,490+0.6%August 2016
August 2015

A few items stand out with these results starting with the poor month for both Toyota products. This is a little surprising since the Tacoma had been selling really well. No knee-jerk reaction to the sales likely coming from Toyota, just an interesting result.

The Frontier continues to defy conventional wisdom and really shows the sales power of putting cash on the hood.

Finally, like we have been talking about, the Nissan Titan continues to struggle. While we have our suspicions why, this is simply disappointing for the company.

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  1. NoQDRTundra says:

    Are fleet sales another driving force for Frontier sales?

    Other stand outs are the strong sales for the Canyon and Colorado. Also, the new Ridgeline is off to a good start.

  2. Randy says:

    You said: “A few items stand out with these results starting with the poor month for both Toyota products”

    This is what the figures actually show: Even though sales for both lines are down, the Tundra Month over Month 2016/2015 was the half-ton leader by a wide margin. Tundra sales were virtually flat, the other half tons lost big percentage points. This is a major difference.

    Poor Titan sales numbers. Once again this is due to the economy plain and simple. The Titan XD has been built for a market that is not what it was for 2001 through 2008; times have changed – the economy. Both GM and Ford are in a world of “extreme” hurt right now. The “only” thing that has been carrying them for the last two years is the “false sales” created by the sub-prime auto lending. That bubble will soon bust. RAM to a lesser extent. If our economy is “liberated” the Titan sales could explode.

    So Toyota is doing things right. They are positioned correctly for the upcoming “poor automotive” market that will soon be upon us. Their proven QDR will help carry them through the tuff times.

    The Ridgeline is now addressing a market that has been left unfilled over the last 10 years. Honda has the virtual equivalent of Toyota’s QDR. They should do very well in the upcoming down turn, just like Toyota.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:


      There is that take on it with the thinking the entire industry is in for a downturn. Interesting thought.


  3. CZ-75guy says:

    The Tundra sales aren’t surprising. It’s the oldest half-ton on the market and fuel economy numbers that stand out when compared to the top 3. I don’t see how GM and Ford are in an “extreme” world of hurt. Ford can ride out the current half-ton platform for many years to come just as Toyota has the Tundra since 2007. GM, with its incremental update strategy, keeps production costs in check, along with maintaining competitive features. Yet the incremental strategy allows it to react quickly in the event that pickup sales take a major downturn. If anybody is an “extreme” world of hurt it’s Ram. The Ram 1500 is getting long in the tooth yet FCA is extremely tight on money for updating the old platform. The Tundra may be old and relatively uncompetitive, but Toyota could ride the platform out for a few more years without hesitation.

    Honda certainly does not have the QDR Toyota is capable of. They have had major issues with oil consumption, rough idle issues, and transmission programming issues (check out the 2015/2016 Honda Pilot trans issues). The Tacoma is clearly limited by production capacity but I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing. The 2016 model year has had a number of quality issues that aren’t representative of the old Toyota. It’s clear that issues are being missed in the push to make as many Tacoma’s as possible. I’m suprised by the Colorado/Canyon. I didn’t think they would do nearly as well as they have thus far. If the 8-speed transmission rolls out with minimal issues, Toyota might finally have enough motivation to get the 8-speed into their truck lines.

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