December 2015 Truck Sales – Both Toyota Trucks Finish Year Strong
The final month is in and with it the final sales numbers for 2015. It has been a crazy year with plenty of ups and downs. Here is how it finished.
Before I offer some commentary, here are the numbers.
|Rank||Model YTD Sales||YTD vs. 2014||Year-Over-Year||Monthly Sales||Monthly Change vs. 2014|
|1 - Ford F-Series||780,354||+3.5%||December 2015|
|2 - Chevy Silverado||600,544||+13.4%||December 2015|
|3 - Ram Truck||451,116||+2.6%||December 2015|
|4 - GMC Sierra||224,139||+5.8%||December 2015|
|5 - Toyota Tacoma||179,562||+15.8%||December 2015|
|6 - Toyota Tundra||118,880||+0.3%||December 2015|
|7 - Chevy Colorado||84,430||NA||December 2015|
|8 - Nissan Frontier||62,817||-15.5%||December 2015|
|9 - GMC Canyon||30,077||NA||December 2015|
|10 - Nissan Titan||12,140||-3.1%||December 2015|
|11 - Honda Ridgeline||520||-96.1%||December 2015|
Overall, you can see that both Toyota trucks finished with an increase in sales and this was especially the case with the Tacoma. Whether we think the new model did enough in terms of improvements is probably mute. It is the first time the truck has been updated in forever and this alone attracted a lot of attention.
The big sales winner was once again Ford and their ENTIRE F-Series of trucks. However, this still feels like a “statistical” inaccuracy and not really fact. When you add the numbers up, GM trucks sold 824,683 units to Ford’s 780,354. Who is the king of truck sales?
Chevy and GMC both had great years. Why? Cash on the hood mostly. During the summer and fall, they offered some great incentives helping to take a big bite out of Ford’s market share. How “big” was the bite?
Consider this: Looking back a few years to 2013, Ford sold 763,402 units while GM trucks combined to sell 664,803. In 2014, Ford sold 753,851 while GM trucks sold 741,588 units. This year, like we stated above GM sold 824,683 units while Ford sold 780,354. Those are the facts.
I thought Ram slowed down this year and their 2.6 percent was a little disappointing considering how they were trending. Seems like with FCA boss Machionne needing to pay off debt in order to look for a merger partner, Ram pulled back on the incentive race. Keeping that profit to pay off the bills hurt them with volume. I would expect them to come back strong with their new financial position.
Nissan and Honda both have new products coming out and I would guess the December numbers were largely ignored.
One final note on the GM mid-size twins. I thought they had a pretty good year finishing with 147,247 units sold with a plant they share with full-size vans. The word is van production is going to continue to be cut in order for them to build more mid-size trucks. These trucks have made the critics look like fools and it has surprised everyone to see a rebirth in the mid-size market. Considering how much the market was shrinking to seeing all products having good sales years really caught people off guard.
Looking forward, I can’t wait to see what Toyota is working on. The Tundra’s powertrain is old and it could be due for a refresh. With the Tacoma push over, what will they focus on for 2016? As much as I like the looks of the new Lexus car, I think Toyota is going to make some truck news. Whether it will be big or small remains to be seen.
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