Chart Of The Day: What Are America's Leading Automakers Selling?

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

American consumers are on pace to buy and lease more new vehicles in 2014 than at any point since 2007, if not earlier. The seven largest automakers in the United States generate 77% of the market’s volume. For each of those seven, this chart breaks down the vehicle categories where their volume is created.

For Hyundai and Kia, this means 77% of their sales are generated by traditional passenger cars, and 37% of their own car volume with the Sonata and Optima. At Ford Motor Company, 30% of their U.S. volume is derived from pickup truck sales, the F-Series lineup. At the Chrysler Group, minivans are responsible do 14% of the load-lugging.

Select from the dropdown menu at the top left of the chart to cycle through the seven largest automakers.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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  • Conslaw Conslaw on Oct 11, 2014

    Why would anyone pick a sedan? The per mile costs area little over half a full-sized pick-up. Naturally, there's some wiggle room in these numbers. Compare a $25,000 mid-level optioned car and a $40,000 mid-level optioned truck. Trucks used to depreciate much more slowly than cars. That's less true today.

  • NotFast NotFast on Oct 11, 2014

    I'm seeing an error, not a chart...

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Oct 13, 2014

      @05lgt You guys may want to look into a Samsung Galaxy S5. My wife uses one for her personal phone, along with the iPhones for the real-estate business. Those older iPhones she gave to our grand daughters. There's a reason why Samsung and Android outsell Apple and iOS worldwide. But I understand if you are so intertwined with iPhone and iOS that you can't turn your back on them. That's why my wife still uses her old iPhone 5 too. However, I know she LOVES her Galaxy S5.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Oct 11, 2014

    Cross referencing this data with the earlier story about efficiency/emissions really makes one wonder about the difference between Nissan and Honda, while explaining the FCA results there rather succinctly. Nissan is more car less truck than Honda, and still can't match the efficiency. FCA is CUV and SUV dominated like no other mentioned automaker, so being last in CO2 emissions makes sense.

  • PenguinBoy PenguinBoy on Oct 12, 2014

    "For Hyundai and Kia, this means 77% of their sales are generated by traditional passenger cars..." Given the market shift to trucks and SUVs, you wonder how long Hyundai / Kia can continue to grow with their current product mix?

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Oct 12, 2014

      It's not only a limited CUV lineup, but supply is tight as to limited production facilities. That planned new Kia plant in Mexico can come online fast enough.