By on December 9, 2009

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Everyone loves winners, and here’s a quick overview of the year’s top ten cars and trucks so far. Keep in mind that trucks is a big tent as defined by the industry: anything not officially classified as a passenger car. Any surprises?

Cars Trucks
1 Camry 321,878 F Series 365,416
2 Corolla/Matrix 262,654 Silverado 283,243
3 Accord 261,333 CR-V 172,528
4 Civic 237,403 Ram Pickup 165,254
5 Altima 184,925 Escape 153,888
6 Fusion 161,819 RAV4 132,346
7 Impala 151,952 Tacoma 102,327
8 Focus 146,228 Sierra 99,698
9 Malibu 142,194 Odyssey 91,167
10 Prius 127,907 Traverse 82,210
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39 Comments on “Sales Snapshot: The Winners! Top Ten Cars and Trucks in 2009 YTD...”


  • avatar
    baldheadeddork

    I’m a little surprised by the Ram coming close to a fifth place finish. They were selling the damn things BOGO last spring.

    • 0 avatar
      Mark MacInnis

      That’s what happens with so-called “bargains”…..you undercut on price to move metal, but you lose a ton of $$$$ doing so.

      The 2009 market is a distorted model…you can’t really draw any conclusions about true vehicle “popularity”.  If gas prices hadn’t hit $4 per gallon in late 2008, would the Prius been a top-ten vehicle? 

  • avatar
    MontanaVista

    So, the number one truck, the Ford F-150 sold more units than than the number one car, Toyota Camry overall.  Hmm

    • 0 avatar
      Sutures

      Not much of a surprise, actually… like all numbers, it depends on what you’re comparing.
       
      Consider that the F-series is competing against 2 or 3 different models, while the Camry has what… 6, maybe 8 (or more) competitors?

    • 0 avatar
      Bergwerk

      The F series has been the number one selling vehicle for decades, followed by the Chevy pickup.  Once the construction market regains it’s footing, their lead over autos will be even grater.

    • 0 avatar
      Ernie

      F-Series, not F-150 – it would be nice to see the breakdown by numbers.
       
      Wonder if the CR-V’s resale is going to be good with higher numbers . . .
       
      Having bought a midsize sedan earlier this year, I concluded that people were only purchasing Camry out of habit . . . that’s a Looooot of people that didn’t shop around!

    • 0 avatar
      Bergwerk

      Ernie
      As you no doubt suspected the F150 is indeed #2 to the Chevy 1500.  The Ram 1500 is 3rd.  The tables turn when you look at HD trucks.  Ford leads HD sales with 46% followed By Ram, with Chevy 3rd.   In any case, for decades the top two sellers are Ford and Chevy pickups.

  • avatar
    dolorean23

    If you didn’t tell me it was this year, the cars could’ve been from 2004. I do find it amazing that the Odyssey has outsold the Caravan/TownandCountry twins as much as I’ve seen those around, especially if you add the fleet sales to the rentals and government.

    • 0 avatar
      Garrick Jannene

      It’s just like with the Silverado/Sierra vs F-150.  Chrysler is selling more minivans than Honda (158,196 Caravans and T&C’s YTD), but because it’s 2 nameplates, the Odyssey is the “sales leader”.

    • 0 avatar
      jaje

      Why is there a Chrysler version of a minivan in the first place? This explains why they are failing as Chrysler now has to spend more money making its version them slightly different to the untrained eye than the Dodge, spend money advertising them separately, spend money have different showrooms for these cars (in Fact I bet Chrysler spends more ad $$ separately on the Caravan and Town & Country that Honda spends on the Odyssey).  If you don’t see this as a colossal waste and inefficient then I’d bet Chrysler would hire you.
       
      Just like if GM would axe the GMC brand (they have no unique vehicle and a matching Chevy counterpart) and sell only as Chevy Silverado – then it should outsell the F Series.  In today’s market (and for the past 3 decades) – skin deep rebadges are completely pointless and do more damage over the long run than they do to keep dying brands afloat in the short run.

    • 0 avatar
      windswords

      Combined Silverado/Sierra sales are 393,000 and change. They are the number one selling truck platform as they have been for many years while Ford was proclaiming “were number 1!”.

      Jaje:
      You may have a point with GMC (although it’s GM’s most profitable division I believe), but there is not a lot of addtional cost in Chrysler having a Caravan and a T&C. Most Chrysler stores sell all three brands now, so the show room costs are not that great. The difference in trim items is minimal, other than the salaries of the designers who create them. You could argue that the Journey has replaced the SWB Caravan and count it’s sales in with the minivan twins, but that’s another discussion

    • 0 avatar
      Garrick Jannene

      The Town and Country did also used to be a “luxury minivan”, which really only meant that it was only sold in the highest trim level possible.  Chrysler/Plymouth/Jeep dealers used to have the Voyager to sell as well, but when Plymouth was axed pretty much all Chrysler vehicles (T&C included) were stripped of what little exclusiveness was left in them.
      Now that Chrysler is down to one distribution channel (Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep) thanks to Cerberus (and this is pretty much the only thing they deserve thanking for), we’ll probably see a return of the Town and Country luxury minivan.

    • 0 avatar
      jaje

      Well it’s about time we had a “luxury minivan” option out there for those buyers who are looking specifically for one – and it’s likely we can all count them on one hand.
       
      Though Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep are all under one roof now – they still have to market and advertise 2 different versions of essentially the same vehicle and the same function (it becomes death by a 1,000 cuts).  I do agree that the Journey was Dodge’s answer to the SWB Caravan.

  • avatar
    Hank

    Who would have thought the Prius would come that close to the sales of the Focus (and in a year where Focus sales were strong thanks to SYNC and $4Clunkers)?

  • avatar
    obbop

    For a lengthy period, exceeding the proverbial “many moons” indicating a long duration of duration, I have scratched the bloated belly and head as to why, oh why, why why why are the sales figures for the Chevy and GMC pick-up are separated, especially when compared to the Ford truck.
    No real difference that I can ascertain.
    Money goes to the same basic entity.
    Is there a cabal to make Ford appear to be “bigger” than what it is?
    I am neither pro Ford nor pro GMC.
    Just seems to be a stoopid delineation in my convoluted way of thunking.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      I can only assume they do it because they are marketed by GM as two different products by two different brands.  I’m still flabbergasted that GM killed Pontiac but let GMC live.
       
      If you added the sales of the Mercury Milan to the Ford Fusion it would take the number five spot from the Altima, and if you added the sales from the Mercury Mariner to the Escape it would take the number three spot from the CR-V, but since they are marketed as seperate models, they aren’t counted that way.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean23

      I find it interesting that Toyota includes the Matrix with the Corolla, but not the Venza, which is also based on the Corolla platform.

    • 0 avatar
      mrh1965

      Venza is Camry-based, I believe.

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    So Toyota and GM come in with five of the top 20 (cars and trucks combined), Ford and Honda with four each, and Nissan and Chrysler pulling up the rear with only one each.
     
    I have a feeling a lot of the Ram’s early success was due to it being an all new model for this year.  Most serious truck buyers who use their pickups for work still go with Ford or GM products, with Dodge picking up the image buyers and urban cowboys (not that Ford and GM don’t have plenty of those too…).   Dodge also has pathetic aftermarket support compared to Ford or GM, and controls only a minuscule portion of the large and lucrative fleet/business pickup market.
    I didn’t realize that GM was selling more Impalas than they were Malibus.  I’d love to see the rental fleet vs. retail purchase numbers for Impala sales, as I hardly ever see anyone driving one down here in south Florida, where big domestic cars are quite popular.
     

    • 0 avatar
      Bergwerk

      Dodge has 25% of the Heavy Duty market, according to Pickuptrucks.com, which places Ram in second place in the Heavy Duty.  The light duty Ram has 15% share placing it 3rd.  Ram continues to gain HD market share at the expense of Chevrolet, and the new HD goes is just around the corner.  So when it comes to serious work trucks…

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      I wouldn’t expect the Ram to fall anywhere past third place in truck sales, as Nissan’s Titan hasn’t been updated in far too long and people are finally realizing that the Tundra, with it’s open C channel frame, doesn’t quite cut the mustard.
       
      As far as the heavy duty trucks go though, Ford holds nearly 50% of the market, despite having the least powerful gas V8 engine and the most problematic diesels of the big three.  With the 2011 refresh and the new in-house designed diesel and powerful 6.2 liter V8, the balance should shift even further away from Dodge.

  • avatar
    BryanC

    Why are Corolla/Matrix lumped together, but not Camry/Venza/Lexus ES, …
    Ever since the C4C debacle when the government decided that the F150 2WD was a different vehicle than the F150 4WD, just to make sure the list seemed more “green”, I’m very skeptical of how these figures are aggregated.

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      The Matrix is legally a Corolla body style variation. In reality, it is just a Corolla hatch; virtually everything except the upper rear body is the same. Not so with the Venza by any stretch of the imagination; it’s probably closer to the Highlander than the Camry.

    • 0 avatar
      windswords

      Hey Paul, isnt the Sierra just a Silverado body style variation? They are more the same than Corolla/Matrix!

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      It’s  a legal issue as to how a car is registered. Matrix is legally a Toyota Corolla variant. That won’t work with a Chevy and GMC, no matter how identical they are. For instance, all Scions are legally registered as Toyotas. The old Malibu Max had a longer wheelbase and different body, but it was a Malibu. I could go on, and there will be endless debate, but ultimately it’s the manufacturer’s call.

  • avatar
    George B

    I would have guessed that the Malibu would have been higher and the Impala would have been lower on the sales chart.  Wonder if the Impala would sell even better with an interior upgrade?

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean23

      The Impala is a known quantity as compared to the Malibu. Also, seems to sell cheaper with added incentives from GM and the dealer.

    • 0 avatar
      Bunter1

      The Imp has been solidly over 50% fleet in recent years.  Add the vast outside dimensions for the $ (while the buyers don’t realize the rear legroom is about the same as a Cobalt, less than a Civic) ans it seems like a lot more for the money.
      This is one perseption gap that works in GMs favor!  ;^D

      Bunter

  • avatar
    thompson2

    I don’t think I agree with the comment about the Venza and Camry. They both run on the same line at Kentucky, and without paint and trim the body panels look a lot alike. They should have called it the Camry wagon, but then again people don’t like the wagon moniker.

  • avatar
    mtymsi

    To me the most amazing vehicle on these lists is the Focus, in its last year of production for the current generation and IMO not at all competitive with any other offerings in its segment. That a vehicle as old as the Focus is still be a top ten seller is astounding. Guess it says something about the buyers.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      I’m pretty sure the Focus has two years left, I don’t think the new one is due till 2012.  Also, while it may not be as fun to drive or as polished as a Mazda3 or Civic, it is certainly competitive with the Corolla, and hands down better than the Cobalt or Caliber.  The 2010 version fixed a lot of the styling faults of earlier years (sports models have unique front fascias, the chrome fishgills are gone,  there is now an interior trunk release button, etc) as well as made standard equipment like ABS that probably should have been standard from earlier on.

    • 0 avatar
      mtymsi

      The new Focus is to be brought to market in the fall of 2010 to the best of my knowledge. Ford is currently (and has been for the better part of a year) revamping the Michigan Truck facility to build it. I agree the Focus is a preferable alternative to the Cobalt and probably the Caliber as well but definitely not the Corolla. Since the current Focus is also built in MI I’m glad to see its success, just very surprised.

  • avatar
    Mikein08

    The Odyssey, CRV, and RAV4 are trucks??  If that’s true, then Bush and Obama were/
    are competent presidents.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Fusion and Malibu should each be selling double their current volume. That’s kind of sad.

    Not buying the lumping together of Corolla/Matrix. Matrix has a completely different body and interior from the Corolla. They should be seperated as two distinct models.

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    I think it’s misleading to include a six cylinder, short bed 150 as the same vehicle as a monster dually 350 that is practically a super-duty.

  • avatar

    They sold more Camrys in two weeks then Astras sold in a year and a half.

  • avatar
    ott

    To me the most amazing vehicle on these lists is the Focus, in its last year of production for the current generation and IMO not at all competitive with any other offerings in its segment. That a vehicle as old as the Focus is still be a top ten seller is astounding. Guess it says something about the buyers.

    Actually, it says something about the vehicles. Ford has a good little car in the Focus, and they know it. It also comes with many available options that are simply not available on some other cars in this segment, such as heated seats, leather interior, Sync, traction control, all in a refined-over-the-years package. Doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    • 0 avatar
      mtymsi

      The last one I test drove was an 07 so I’m not familiar with the changes made in 08. My thought about it is the Focus is a ten year old car about to be replaced and virtually every other entry in this segment is much newer. As I said previously I’m glad it’s selling so well as it’s built in MI.

  • avatar
    shaker

    I dunno – I think the Focus is a homely little beast – but women probably love to take them home, dry them off and give them a little dish of cat food…

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