October 2015 Sales Results – Tacoma Up, Tundra Flat

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Another month is in the books for 2015 and the new Tacoma is starting off hot while the Tundra is flat. Production is likely still being skewed toward the Tacoma, yet the consistent lack of growth for Tundra is starting to become glaring.

October 2015 Sales Results - Tacoma Up, Tundra Flat

Before we dig into the numbers, here they are:

RankModel YTD SalesYTD vs. 2014Year-Over-YearMonthly SalesMonthly Change vs. 2014
1 - Ford F-Series629,951+1.5%October 2015
October 2014
2 - Chevy Silverado492,551+14.8%October 2015
October 2014
3 - Ram Truck371,574+3.3%October 2015
October 2014
4 - GMC Sierra180,174+8.6%October 2015
October 2014
5 - Toyota Tacoma148,905+16.6%October 2015
October 2014
6 - Toyota Tundra99,140+0.8%October 2015
October 2014
7 - Chevy Colorado70,291NAOctober 2015
October 2014
8 - Nissan Frontier52,025-16%October 2015
October 2014
9 - GMC Canyon24,841NAOctober 2015
October 2014
10 - Nissan Titan10,403-2.6%October 2015
October 2014
11 - Honda Ridgeline515-95.8%October 2015
October 2014

Several surprises stand out for us when we sift through the results:

Ford – while the truck maker will close the year with yet another “best-selling truck in America” sales crown, the Silverado is really nipping at their heels and Ford’s growth has paltry at best.

Chevy/GMC – all indications we have are that Chevy has a lot of cash on the hood and this is a big factor  why their trucks  are selling so well. For comparison, GMC doesn’t have the same amount of cash on the hood (from what we hear) and this explains their numbers.

Also, the mid-size twins are finally starting to near year-over-year comparisons. It will be interesting to see if they can keep their momentum up and it will be interesting to see how the diesel offering spurs on sales.

Toyota – the entire focus right now seems to be on the Tacoma right now and the sales numbers reflect this. However, the consistent stagnant growth of the Tundra is getting old. While the response from Toyota will always be about the production mix, Toyota Tundra fans (as we have seen in the comments lately) are getting restless. With the Chicago Auto Show on the horizon, typically a big truck event for Toyota, will we see something new? This question will likely build with anticipation over the next few months.

Nissan – A lot of energy has been poured into the new Titan and, with a staggered roll-out plan, it will likely be a few years until we see how this pays off.  The current towing capacity number of 12,312, MPG estimates of 17 and payload of around 2,000 lbs doesn’t add up to really fitting in the heavy-duty half-ton niche in our minds. Yet, we have been told the towing “workhorse” models of the XD are coming later. This is a curious roll-out strategy to us.

Honda – The new Ridgeline’s appearance is on the horizon at the 2016 North American International Auto Show and with it comes hopes of a revival for the nameplate. Recently they showed a desert runner concept at SEMA which more resembles what a full-size truck looks like. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


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  1. DJ says:

    Toyota better have something new with the Tundra! Trucks designed in 06′ just don’t sell with the updated stuff the competition has right now.

    I’d love to get back in a Tundra, but not until Toyota invests some money in upgrades!

    • mendonsy says:

      Yeah, that’s the problem! My ’07 needs replacing, but I just can’t see paying $6k more for a new Tundra with less equipment than the ’07 has.

  2. GoBig says:

    I’ve been a Toyota Truck guy for almost 30 years. Several months ago, I saw that the Taco would be a new truck in 2016, so I started shopping.

    I put the brakes on so to speak when I saw the Titan XD promotions. I am waiting to check out the Nissan before I bite on the Toyota.

    I love the idea of the Cummins Diesel engine. I know the price of admission will be steep with the Cummins, but they may pull me over there anyway.

    I had heard that Toyota had some agreement with Cummins as well. Apparently not.

    I like a mid size truck for easy of parking and off road use. Choices, choices.

    (Tim, maybe you could get a test Titan to review?)

    • Tim Esterdahl says:


      I’m flying to Phoenix on Wednesday to drive the Titan. This will be my second time with it. I’ll have more when I get back.


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