Last year, auto sales crushed records, especially in Detroit. Depressed gas prices ensured that trucks and SUVs were driving off the lots in record numbers. Through January, gas prices remained low, but you’d get a slightly different idea from looking at America’s 10 best-sellers from the month: The Honda CR-V, ordinarily a stalwart, was nowhere to be seen, and the Honda Civic was 107 units away from being America’s best-selling car.
Trucks did what they do best — put up strong, consistent numbers in what is usually one of the the weakest months of the year sales-wise.
After a slew of new model releases in 2015, automakers will start seeing the fruits of their labor this year as production ramps up and the new models arrive in dealerships. For some (the Civic, for example), that time has already come; for others (the Nissan Altima), it might take a few months yet to get geared up. Read on to see the 10 best-selling vehicles from January.
All data is sourced from Cars.com.
10. Ford Fusion
Weakness in the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Honda CR-V left room for Ford to snag the No. 10 slot on the list of best-sellers in January. Despite the announcement of a new, revitalized Fusion — including a high-performance model — buyers snapped up Ford’s midsize sedan at a rate that left the car up 0.9% for January, at 19,877 units sold.
9. Honda Accord
Honda’s new styling on the Accord has kept the best-seller afloat for a while, but the Accord took a breather in January, selling 20,765 cars during the month for a 1.2% slip versus January a year ago. Some of that is likely due to the strength seen in its stablemate, the Civic, which is seeing hugely positive reception to its new look.
8. Toyota RAV4
Consumers are responding to the RAV4’s slightly revised look for 2016, and the availability of a hybrid model is certainly helping move additional units as well. Toyota sold 21,554 units in January, for a tidy 8.7% gain over January 2015.
7. Nissan Altima
Nissan’s Altima performed admirably last month — it sold 22,156 units — but a stronger January last year made for tough comparable sales. Despite its new look, Nissan saw sales of the Altima dip 16.1% versus the same period a year ago.
6. Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is now among the most dated vehicles in terms of appearance on this list, but like the rest of the car, its sales have a reputation for plowing onward. Toyota notched 22,362 sales in January, and like the Altima, found itself against a tough comparable sales month in January 2015: Sales were down 18.3%.
5. Honda Civic
New from the ground on up, the Honda Civic has been impressing showroom goers seemingly as much as it has been enchanting the media: Sales for the compact are up a whopping 43% to 26,741 for last month. That’s only with one variant on the market as well — we can also look forward to a new coupe, a Type-R, and a new hatchback.
4. Toyota Camry
Retaining the crown for cars represented in the top 10 was the Toyota Camry, which shouldn’t come to the surprise of anyone. It sold 26,848 — just 107 more than Honda sold Civics — for a sales bump of o.3%. Will America’s love affair with the Camry withstand another month with the Civic on sale for February as dealer availability improves? We’ll have to wait and see.
3. Ram Pickup
Carrying the bronze per tradition is the Ram Pickup in all its iterations, which cumulatively sold 29,938 last month for a sales spike of 4.6%. Despite some small adjustments, the Ram has remained largely unchanged while its competitors have seen major changes, yet it continues to put up big numbers.
2. Chevrolet Silverado
Sporting a new look for 2016, the new Silverado plodded on through January with 37,863 trucks sold, or a 4.9% lift versus January a year ago. Inventory of the new model is likely still somewhat strained as Chevy dealers work to move the remaining 2015 model trucks off the lot, so you can expect the Silverado to see its chances improve moving further into the year.
1. Ford F-Series
A 5.2% slide in sales couldn’t knock the F-Series from its perch. Ford still sold 51,540 trucks last month, indicating that buyers really don’t have reservations about its new-ish aluminum architecture anymore, if they ever did. After selling over 85,000 units in December, Ford’s taking a breather, but it looks like it’s in good shape to rule 2016.
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