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Just like big summer blockbusters lead to big holiday DVD sales, first quarter car sales give a glimpse as to what collision and mechanical repairers, and auto recyclers, will see in their shops and facilities later this year.
The Automotive Content Experience (www.autocontentexp.com) published first quarter sales numbers for 2016 for vehicles sold in the United States based on data from auto manufacturers and independent analysts. Pickups and passenger cars made up the bulk of the top 10 vehicles sold. Only one crossover / SUV made the list. Both Ford and General Motors (GM) boasted excellent first quarter results. GM announced record earnings and Ford had huge growth in F-Series sales.
America is still in love with its pickups. Pickup sales keep domestic automakers squarely at the top for automobile sales in the United States. Sales of the Ford F-Series were nearly double that of Toyota Camry, the leading passenger car, sold from January to March 2016. According to the Wall Street Journal, using information from www.MotorIntelligence.com, sales for all three of the top pickup models are up from a year ago.
1. Ford F-Series - 186,121 YTD Sales
F-Series sales exceeded 70,000 in March, with 73,884 trucks sold. 2007 is the last time F-Series broke the 70,000 mark this early in the year. F-Series sales rose nine percent versus last year, marking their best March performance since 2006. For the quarter, F-Series sales totaled 186,121 - up five percent, according to Ford, (www.Ford.com)
2. Chevrolet Silverado - 128,965 YTD Sales
The Silverado is the only vehicle from GM to make the top 10 list. New muscular front end designs, sculpted hoods and signature LED lighting accents reflect Silverado’s strength and dependability, which have helped make Silverado the fastest-growing full-size pickup brand this year, according to Chevrolet, (www.Chevrolet.com)
3. Ram Truck - 113,367 YTD Sales
According to Ram Trucks (www.RamTrucks.com), moving into the 2016 model year, Ram continued to earn the most sought-after titles, fuel economy, payload and towing capacity. It earned best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel - 29 mpg with Ram 1500, best-in-class towing capability - 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500, best-in-class payload - 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500 and best-in-class torque - 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel.
Japanese Sedans Take The Lead
The compact and mid-size passenger cars from Japanese-based corporations earned the most spots on the top 10 list. All of the vehicles were very close in sales, with less than 20,000 sales between the fourth top seller of 2016, the Toyota Camry, and the eighth, the Honda Accord.
4. Toyota Camry - 96,244 YTD Sales
The redesigned Camry introduced a new chiseled design, and for 2016, the Special Edition shows off the wind-cheating lines to great effect in a choice of two exterior colors, Blizzard Pearl and new Blue Streak Metallic, accented by a smoked taillight treatment, according to Toyota, (www.Toyota.com).
5. Honda Civic - 87,303 YTD Sales
Honda (www.Honda.com) boasts that the overall Civic series involves design and engineering teams from Honda Research and Development, as well as sales and manufacturing operations from around the world, especially in North America and Japan, but also in Europe, South America and Asia.
6. Nissan Altima - 85, 332 YTD Sales
Nissan (www.NissanUSA.com) cracked the top 10 list with Altima, its best-selling vehicle in North America. Nissan noted that the Altima has been redesigned for the 2016 model year, including new exterior and interior styling, enhanced technology and connectivity, a new Altima SR sports model and new available safety features such as segment-exclusive Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW).
7. Toyota Corolla - 84,260 YTD Sales
The Toyota Corolla has been top choice for those seeking high-fuel economies for five decades - and through numerous fuel crises and spiking gasoline costs. According to Toyota, today’s Corolla LE Eco CVT is the MPG champ of the line, yet it’s also a strong performer with the highest-powered engine in the line, with 140 horsepower vs. 132 in the other models.
8. Honda Accord - 77,073 YTD Sales
For 2016, development work on the ninth-generation Accord sedan body has centered on increased rear body rigidity in order to significantly improve both ride quality and handling. Particular attention has been paid to increased torsional rigidity with incremental improvements in bending and lateral rigidity as well, per Honda.
The Odd Men Out
Toyota has the only crossover / SUV to make the list. Ford’s Escape narrowly missed the top ten, but its Fusion did claim the last spot, the only passenger car manufactured by one of the Big Three to do so.
9. Toyota RAV4 - 76,122 YTD Sales
The RAV4 has the distinction of being the only crossover on the list. According to Automotive Content Experience, sales for this popular crossover are up 13.6 percent from a year ago. The RAV4 was a new kind of vehicle that combined SUV versatility with car-like handling, ride comfort and fuel economy. Toyota stated that what began as a niche exploded into a category, with the RAV4 remaining one of its leaders. Toyota introduced the first RAV4 Hybrid in 2016 as part of a refreshed RAV4 line that also includes a sporty new SE grade.
10. Ford Fusion - 74,994 YTD Sales
The Fusion is the only domestic-brand passenger car on the list. Ford Fusion has been acclaimed as a design leader in the midsize sedan segment. Its numerous distinctions include Autoweek magazine’s Best in Show award at the 2012 North American International Auto Show and EyesOn Design honors for design excellence in a production vehicle.