By on February 25, 2015

2015 Ford F-150The pickup truck world’s consistent hold on the whole of American best seller’s podium is steadily tightening.

January 2015 was the fifth consecutive month in which all three of America’s best-selling vehicle lines were pickup trucks.

It’s nothing new for Americans to see the Ford F-Series atop the monthly leaderboard. Not since the Cash For Clunkers-fuelled August 2009 has the F-Series not been the top-selling vehicle line in America.

We’re also accustomed to seeing the Chevrolet Silverado in the second spot. Only three times in 2014 did the Silverado fall from the silver medal position, and only twice did it surrender that position to a car.

With ever-strengthening Ram P/U sales, however, pickup trucks now routinely claim all three top spots. Not only did they do so in January 2015 – a month in which total pickup volume jumped 22% – and each of 2014’s final four months, they also did so in January and March of 2014. In fact, the Ram outsold the Silverado in March, though not the combined GM twins.

2015 Chevrolet SilveradoOn an annual basis, 2014 was the first year since 2003 that the F-Series, Silverado, and Ram topped America’s best seller list.

In September, the three trucks combined for 146,651 sales, 62,925 more than the top three cars managed.

In October, their 150,210-unit total was higher than the total sales achieved by all but three brands: Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota.

In November, the 137,713 F-Series’, Silverados, and Rams sold was greater than the total achieved by the five next-best-selling vehicles.

In December, the top three trucks generated 176,414 combined sales, more than double the number of sales achieved by the three top SUVs/crossovers.

2015 Ram 1500In January, 10.3% of the new vehicles sold and 84.7% of the full-size trucks sold were F-Series, Silverado, or Ram pickup trucks.

The three top trucks, however, are only the tip of the collective best-selling iceberg. 30 nameplates account for half the new vehicles sold in America in January, leaving the remaining 89% of nameplates to fight over 50% of the market.

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

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62 Comments on “Pickup Trucks Grab Three Best-Selling Positions In America In Five Consecutive Months...”


  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    “leaving the remaining 89% of nameplates to fight over 50% of the market.” Amen. I wish them luck. Someone down there really needs to come up with something spectacular so that they can shake things up abit.

  • avatar
    Ihatejalops

    Misspell in headline! /Derp. Don’t care if you use the hyphen or not though :D

  • avatar
    Sgt Beavis

    I just know that I want a new pickup. I’ve got a 2012 F150 FX2 that is pretty much loaded. I love it. It has a great ride and gets the job done for me. I shouldn’t want a new truck but dagnabbit, Ford and Ram trucks have totally hooked me.

    The new F150 is at the top of my list but that damn thing is expensive and has very little in incentives (justifiably so). The RAM is only a 10th of a notch down my list but has some great deals. I’ve seen up to $10k off on them…

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    Somewhere in Texas ranching country, a bald eagle alights upon a lone fencepost and sheds a single tear. And the wind whispers “‘Murica…”

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      … as the Bald Eagle flies away it craps all over the hood of your $70,000 F-150 King Stud

    • 0 avatar
      DevilsRotary86

      Is it weird that I have been living in Texas for 33 years and driving in Texas for over 16 years, and I have never once owned a pickup truck?

      I drove an old F-250 once for a job as a teenager on a Boy Scouts ranch, and once my uncle let me back out of the driveway with his Silverado. Oh, and an E350 Uhaul once when I moved. And that’s the extent of my experience with trucks.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        You must be one of them there city kids from Dallas or Houston, or god forbid Austin

        • 0 avatar
          DevilsRotary86

          Dallas and happy to be here! Not that it matters, most people here drive trucks, SUV’s, or at least a CUV. And I admit, growing up and learning to drive in Dallas may have colored my opinion on cars. The roads here are fantastic and maintained to the point of ridiculousness. You could easily run a grand prix through some parts of North Dallas. And even if I did live in the rural parts of the state, I would still want a small, light, low slung car over a truck. The rural roads are in my opinion underrated for sports cars, the weather is wonderful, and car inspections are pretty easy going. Even in smaller towns like Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Athens, Tyler, Longview, or Palestine, you don’t see massive curb drops to rip off front spoilers. I wouldn’t want to pull a Lamborghini in and out of the McDonald’s in Gun Barrel City, but most low-slung cars will do just fine. No, even in rural Texas I think I would stick to my cars.

  • avatar
    djoelt1

    Isn’t pick up truck leadership on the sales board just an artifact of the few choices available? There are what, 4 pickup truck models? But there are scores of 5 seat SUV models. scores of 5 seat passenger cars, etc.

    • 0 avatar
      jrmason

      Maybe Im mis reading yoir question, but there’s probably more options/choices to buy your average pick up than the average SUV.
      Reg cab short bed
      Reg cab long bed
      Extended cab short bed
      Extended cab long bed
      Crew cab short bed
      Crew cab long bed
      Mega cab short bed

      And a slew of trim levels

      • 0 avatar
        Chocolatedeath

        I think that he is under the impression that since only five OEM actually make full size trucks that there are fewer options to choose from. For instance Honda and Hyundai do not sell one and therefore limited choices.
        I for one agree with you although there are only five Makers of full size pickups (GMC/Chevy combined) there are endless options. If you go down the option list for an F150 its for lack a better word depressing. I would just pick one off the lot.

      • 0 avatar
        JK43123

        Yes he means nameplates not options.

        John

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        Not to mention 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, 1 ton, and even higher in the F-series. There are a hell of a lot more pickups avalible than just 4.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Pick up truck leadership on the sales board is because Americans want pickup trucks or large family vehicles. Crew Cab trucks are modern full size sedans.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      He means you have little choice but fullsize trucks, when prices start around Camcordtimas, but offer many things they can’t. Besides rugged style, 2-speed 4wd and all virtues and possibilities that come for free, might as well put a gun to consumer’s heads.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    These statistics make me sad. I guess I will never understand the popularity of trucks. Here’s hoping for $5.00/gallon gasoline.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Yup, like selling a 1992 S-10 Ext Cab 4.3L for $6600 this past weekend. And the guy who bought it was as happy as a pig rolling in sh!t, since he now had TWO of them.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Says a very ignorant person.

    • 0 avatar
      jrmason

      “Here’s hoping for $5.00/gallon gasoline.”

      Might as well ask for higher utility bills, grocery bills, increase in cost of clothing, etc etc while your at it.

      If you don’t like the price of gasoline now, don’t buy it. Go buy a bike and start peddling.
      Or maybe you can take the $2.25 or so a gallon your saving right now and donate it to a local charity so you don’t feel so bad about all that money your saving.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        You echo my thoughts.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Agreed. People with this attitude passed CAFE, which is one of the reasons why pickups are so popular.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        >Might as well ask for higher grocery bills

        If you framed it as a way to punish fat people, there’d probably be a good amount of support for that.

        • 0 avatar
          thegamper

          Im on board with punishing fat people with higher grocery bills.

        • 0 avatar
          jrmason

          “If you framed it as a way to punish fat people, there’d probably be a good amount of support for that.”

          Although that wouldnt be a bad idea, that was not my intention. With the increased cost of oil comes the increase of all goods. Nothing escapes the wrath of the oil gods when prices go through the roof. Tweedle Dee tree hugger thinks he is only punishing those that drive larger vehicles but he will be feeling the pinch as well. Some people cant see the Forrest for the trees.

      • 0 avatar
        thegamper

        My desire for higher gasoline prices has nothing to do with the environment. It is strictly a desire to see fewer trucks on the road and or laugh at them when it costs them $200 for a fill up. I drive a lot, thus have a great deal of anecdotal evidence that pickup trucks and their drivers are the scourge of road, parking lots, etc. There is literally nothing funnier than seeing a pickup driver scrape or hit something because their commuter car is so comically large. I know people love them, but that doesn’t mean I have to.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Although I partially share your position, I say blame the eternal fail of gov’t for those comically large commuter vehicles.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Wow, I never thought to take someone elses pick-up truck personally

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            ” I never thought to take someone elses pick-up truck personally”

            Tell that to the Ford, GM and RAM owners who flipped me the bird when I drove past them in my Tundra with 9X15 trailer behind it.

            Happened to me in a lot of places, among them Eloy, AZ, Hastings, NB, Overland Park, KS, Dalhart, TX, Sparks, NV, and Oceanside, CA.

            Them red-neck boys and girls just don’t like that Tundra….

          • 0 avatar
            mkirk

            I don’t know man. I have driven an import truck for some time and never got the bird. The closest to vehicle hatred I’ve seen was BMW riders when I had a KLR650, but even they didn’t flip you off…they just tended to not return the wave. I think the most anger I’ve seen directed at vehicle drivers goes towards the Prius for some reason.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            In my part of the country, Prius drivers always seem to keep in the left lane and drive the speed limit, or less. In NM, we’re supposed to drive in the right-hand lane unless passing.

            That Prius drivers do this could be because the left lane is usually the smoother, less worn of the four-lane highways.

            But even on two-laners, the Prius drivers always seem to drive the speed limit, or below.

            That tends to p!ss a lot of people off who like to go at least 10 over the limit.

            As far as getting the digitus impudus flipped my way, it’s probably because those places I mentioned are where Tundra trucks there are few and far between.

            I’ve caught people staring at both my truck and the wife’s Sequoia, looking inside, pointing and waving, and even took pictures of them without them knowing.

            At the Eloy Pilot station I had a whole gaggle of rednecks looking the truck over, talking amongst themselves. My Tundra was the only one there at that time and must have caused a “whatizzit” moment in the desert rife with domestic pickup trucks.

        • 0 avatar
          jrmason

          ” It is strictly a desire to see fewer trucks on the road and or laugh at them when it costs them $200 for a fill up.”

          Either your a hopeless green weenie or you don’t get out of the city much. Folks in the country have a very real need for trucks. Farmers rely on them to make a living and put food on their and your table. They also feel the pain at the pump more than anybody because of the high volume of fuel they consume. My family farm averages 150+ gallons a day during planting season. Your brainless wishes of us bleeding every month when when we pay the fuel bill is pretty short sighted to say the least.
          But don’t worry, we’ll be sure to pass the costs on to you when our profits go back into the red.

        • 0 avatar
          mkirk

          We capped out at 4 bucks a gallon or so in metro Louisville. There was much consternation some time back about V6 F150’s getting the 26 gallon tank versus the 36 of the V8. So if Gas went a full dollar over peak here to 5 bucks a gallon and I got an F150 with the biggest damn tank available I’d still have to pump 20 bucks onto the ground to get your mythical 200 dollar fill up.

          And I have a great deal of anecdotal evidence that the internet is full of people that say dumb stuff.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            And what it really boils down to is that most Americans choose to drive what they want to drive, regardless of the cost of fuel, maintenance, upkeep and insurance expense.

            I would much rather drive something that I want to drive than to be crammed into a pregnant roller skate or a sardine can on wheels because the EPA would like to turn all of us into Europeans.

            Hell, even my German cousins and their families drive the biggest and baddest they can afford.

            My Portuguese relatives OTOH? Very few of them even own a car. They rent one for the annual vacay.

    • 0 avatar
      DevilsRotary86

      Ditto on trucks, except for making me sad. But I can’t agree on hoping for $5/gal gasoline. Although that wouldn’t phase me much personally.

      The stats don’t make me sad, but I just don’t understand pickup trucks. To me it’s like volunteering to drive a really crappy car with horrible blind spots. But if it’s what people like then more power to them I guess. I just hope that they don’t go nuts with this and EVERYONE starts building trucks and ignore cars. It’s already hard enough to find a good lightweight 2-door with a backseat.

      Maybe I would enjoy a pickup truck if it had a roof height lower than 60″. But I guess there isn’t such a thing. Unless I open craigslist and look for an El Camino.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        I just don’t get this, despite what you read on the interwebs most people who buy trucks do so for a good reason. Just because when you see one without it’s bed full or it’s not trailering something doesn’t mean it wasn’t yesterday or maybe tomorrow.

        • 0 avatar
          DevilsRotary86

          Note that I didn’t criticize on them being utilized or not. I don’t really care if you do or not; it’s not my business. Again, buy whatever you like. It’s your money, enjoy it how you see fit.

          I can only assume that people buy trucks because they like trucks. What I said was that while I respect that people enjoy their trucks I don’t understand why. I have driven trucks on rare occasion and ridden in them more than a few times. From my experience they are simply awful to drive.

          • 0 avatar
            jrmason

            “From my experience they are simply awful to drive.”

            So is a Civic with 3000 pounds of stone in the back. Just sayin.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            … and I absolutely detest sports cars, but I wouldn’t care if everybody else drove one

          • 0 avatar
            DevilsRotary86

            “So is a Civic with 3000 pounds of stone in the back. Just sayin.”

            That’s why I don’t put 3,000 lbs of stone in a Civic. And if you don’t have 3,000 lbs of stone in a Civic it’s an OK car to drive. Not great, but it’s OK. With a truck, it’s awful to drive. With 3,000 lbs of stone, now it’s awful to drive but weighed down with 3,000 lbs of stone.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @DevilsRotary86 – all depends on where you drive and what kind of driving you enjoy.
            Driving on the freeway is boring unless it is busy then it tends to be stressful. Most paved roads don’t get interesting unless you exceed the posted limits.

            I can spend a day on back country logging roads in my truck and rarely ever go over 50mph and have a blast dodging holes, washouts, blow-down trees and assorted wildlife.

            Sure most SUV’s can do the same thing but not with the versatility or utility of a pickup. Most SUV’s are street biased anyway and would get stuck or break in areas I tend to go.

            I personally don’t like seeing trucks used as soccermomobiles or brodozers but then again I don’t like seeing performance/sports cars being used as “lookatme” commuter cars.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Bitter, much? You wish for $5.00 gas? Why, so everyone who uses something other than the prius you drive, especially to work, will be forced out of business or face lay offs because the company cant make money running a fleet of trucks at that price?

      Food prices, really prices on all items would rise sharply, possibly out of reach for some. Not that they can afford the gas to drive to the store in the first place.

      Who built your apartment/house? Was he driving a Saturn or an F-250? Did the guy who put the roof on arrive on a city bus with all the materials and tools required for the job in his pocket, or did he show up in a truck or truck-like vehicle (full sized van, which gets similar mpg as a pickup)?

      Do you grow all of your own food? If not and you buy it in a store, how do you suppose it got there, fresh and ready for you to buy? A Nissan Sentra or a truck?

      You hate trucks and their owners so much that you wish for a total economic collapse, sky rocketing prices on food and other goods, millions of people out of work just so you can toot along in the car pool lane on the way to your yoga class and not have to look at a Ram in the next lane? You are an idiot.

      • 0 avatar
        jrmason

        Don’t worry John. I tried to be a voice of reason as well, but quickly learned I was under witted.

      • 0 avatar
        Jacob

        Like Americans really need cheap or cheaper food. Just look at them, Americans are already some of the fattest people on earth. All that cheap food mostly accounts for quantity rather than quality. Chicken and beef mostly bread on corn and hormones in cages, corn based sugars used as the base for all sugary foods, etc. Food may cost a lot more in Europe, but an average European sure eats a lot better and healthier than an American, even in Greece.

        Cheap food is just like all that cheap gas, which mostly results in bigass trucks and SUVs/CUVs mostly being used as a single person suburban transportation device. I often hear the excuse people need trucks for towing stuff, yet in my fairly well-to do suburb in Texas, most trucks come without a trailer hook and many have their truck bed sealed. For the most part, these serve as an ego booster for macho men with money but not much refinement or style. Having said that, trucks don’t annoy me on the road as much as the SUVs, which always block the view of everyone driving behind them because absolutely every SUV apparently absolutely needs to have its rear glass tinted and impenetrable for light.

        • 0 avatar
          jrmason

          You live in a suburb, that’s most of the problem right there. I can’t tell you why people in the city choose to buy trucks, but then again I can’t tell you why people choose to live in a city. Or suburb, or whatever. There is a big world outside of your concrete jungle and I assure you trucks get used as they are intended.

    • 0 avatar
      LectroByte

      > I guess I will never understand the popularity of trucks.

      Paranoia, fear, image, over compensation. Same reason all these tards in my neck of the woods are packing heat in church. This whole country has lost its mind.

      • 0 avatar
        jrmason

        Carrying a fire arm in this country has been one of our fundamental rights for the last 225+ years. Where the hell have you been? Drinking the Cuomo koolaid much?

        • 0 avatar
          mkirk

          When a bunch of really smart dudes sat down a couple hundred years ago and read what they had spent months creating they decided they had missed some really important stuff. The second thing they came up with was that whole keep and bear arms bit. But I am sure you know better than Franklin, Madison, and those guys. Had they had pickup trucks back then they likely would have enshrined the right to own them some where in the top 5 because ‘Murica!

          And I’m not sure how a truck addresses paranoia unless you are one of those zombie fearing folks in which case you need a diesel rig you can live in I guess.

        • 0 avatar
          psarhjinian

          “Carrying a fire arm in this country has been one of our fundamental rights for the last 225+ years.”

          I have the right to call you all sorts of awful names under the first amendment. It does not mean it’s moral, or even polite, for me to do so. A similar analogy exists between being allowed to carry a firearm versus packing heat in Starbucks or at church because you’re either hypermasculine, have a persecution complex, a raging case of paranoia, or all of the above.

          Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean you should do so at every opportunity.

          • 0 avatar
            jrmason

            I for one have no problem with a law abiding citizen who has passed a background check and has no criminal history carrying a gun everywhere he goes. Do you think its coincidence that 99% of public shootings occur in gun free zones? The people that do these horrendous crimes are cowards in every aspect. They aren’t man enough to confront someone with a gun who is capable of defending himself, so they prey on schools, malls, libraries, and any other public place that bans firearms. The only people that are affected by “gun free” zones are the law abiding ones. The other side don’t care. But I know your solution, just ban them all together right? Yep, that will make it all better.

          • 0 avatar
            psarhjinian

            “The other side don’t care. But I know your solution, just ban them all together right? Yep, that will make it all better.”

            It works in other countries, just not the US, because just about everyone has a gun and the checks on ownership are awful because FREEDOM!

            It’s kind of sad: the US does need sensible gun policies, but it would take years for the guns in the system to age out—during which you’d get the worst of both worlds—especially with the relative craziness of the gun movement.

            Personally, if America is going to refuse to make adult decisions about firearms, I feel it needs to make adult decisions about supporting people with addiction and mental health issues. Unfortunately, the political wing that opposes sensible gun policy also refuses to have any truck with sensible health care.

          • 0 avatar
            DevilsRotary86

            “Unfortunately, the political wing that opposes sensible gun policy also refuses to have any TRUCK with sensible health care.”

            Freudian slip?

          • 0 avatar
            jrmason

            The US has by far the highest gun ownership rate in the world. An average of 88 per 100 people. Even the number two country is nearly half of the US at roughly 55 per 100 people.
            But the US does NOT have the worst firearm murder rate. In fact, the US is number 28, with a rate of less than 3 per 100,000 people. When you look at the 27 countries with a higher murder rate and look at the number of gun owners per 100, the results are staggering. Our guns don’t need to go anywhere, we simply need to tighten the belt on the justice system and as you mentioned improve on the registration of firearms and background checks.
            I also agree 1000 percent that we need to focus more on the mentally ill. This doesn’t mean dope them up with more narcotics, that’s why we got so many dam crazies running around to begin with. Severe the umbilical cord from the pharmaceutical industry, get rid of all these dumb pain and psych meds and get some REAL help for these people. Our society is being poisoned with meds, and insurance companies are making billions in the process. There’s a lot wrong with our society but the 2nd A has nothing to do with it.

          • 0 avatar
            mkirk

            “…I have the right to call you all sorts of awful names under the first amendment”

            No, not really. You have the right to call the Federal Government all sort of names under the First Amendment and even do it on TV, a newspaper, or the internet. Doing this to private citizens can get you sued for libel and slander in some cases.

            And unless you live in one of the less gun friendly states you are likely surrounded by folks packing. You don’t realize it because they do it in a lawful and respectful manner. Carrying a pistol is one of those things you do all the time unless of course specifically prohibited. It’s like my car and healthcare insurance. I generally don’t need it but I never know when or where I will so best to keep it up to date.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Highdesert, Your friend finally decided to sell his 92 S-10. I still have my 99 S-10 extended cab with 104k miles on it. There are a lot of pickups where I live, most are domestic brands. Crossovers in all sizes seem to be the must have vehicle. People are going to buy and drive what they like and it would take a significant increase in fuel prices to change most people’s vehicle choices.


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