Chart Of The Day: America's 15 Best-Selling American Vehicles In The First Half Of 2015
Remember when the U.S. auto industry was very much an American auto industry? No? I don’t, either.
But there was a time when an American car was an American car because it was made by an American car company in America.
Times have clearly changed. Cars.com recently revealed that the most American car, in terms of its American content and not its badge, is the Toyota Camry. Indeed, Japanese brands grabbed three of the top five spots on Cars.com’s American-Made Index.
However, even if the Chrysler Group is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-American partnership based in the Netherlands with UK headquarters, we do still tend to view a Jeep Wrangler, for instance, as a traditional Detroit product — one that is, of course, built in Toledo, Ohio. While the Chevrolet Camaro continues, for the time being, to be built in Oshawa, Ontario, we still consider the Camaro an all-American product.
Thus, in honour of the July 4, Independence Day weekend, we display this list of America’s most popular American vehicles through the first-half of 2015, completely ignoring 25 other vehicles, many of which are assembled in the United States. Our standard: if they’re produced by good ol’ Detroit brands, they’re eligible. One wonders what we’d do with the Chrysler TC by Maserati.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.
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- Stuart de Baker I didn't bother to read this article. I'll wait until a definitive headline comes out, and I'll be surprised if Tesla actually produces the Cybertruck. It certainly looks impractical for both snowy and hot sunny weather.
- Stuart de Baker This is very interesting information. I was in no danger of buying a Tesla. I love my '08 Civic (stick), and it feels just as responsive as when I bought it 11 years ago with 35k on the clock (now 151k), and barring mishaps, I plan to keep it for the next 25 years or so, which would put me into my mid-90s, assuming I live that long. On your information, I will avoid renting Teslas.
- RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)
- RHD This was awesome, in 1978. Now, it's very much obsolete - thirsty, slow, ponderous, noisy, rough, and dated design even in its time. Still, someone who wants to recreate some distant memories will buy it and restore it and enjoy it, and the seller just has to find that particular individual.
- BEPLA Cybertruck may have made some kind of weird sense had it been brought on market on time, ie: before Rivian and F150 Lightning.But the market has progressed.If this were any normal company it would be ditched for a more competitive product.But in Elon's narcissistic dreamworld - well, we'll just see how it flops.
The Chrysler 200 has gone from zero to hero. It placed in the top 10 last month. It's shocking that it's outselling the current Malibu. No wonder GM ordered a crash revamp for the 2016 Malibu.
Look at all the Fords in the top ten, good for over 57% of the top ten total sales. Add Lincoln, other Ford models, world sales, and fleet, and it's no wonder Mark Fields didn't want to talk to Sergio. Mulally left Ford in rather good shape.