The year finished with strong sales numbers, with Ram and Toyota showing the largest gains year over year. Predictably, the Honda Ridgeline made a strong comeback from 2011's natural-disaster-related blow. Other notable issues include the Chevy and GMC midsize twins that took a hard hit due in large part to all the attention focused on the coming 2014 full-size trucks and the resulting incentives piled up on the hoods of the current-gen Silverado and Sierra.
2012 looks like it will go down as one of the strongest for auto sales in more than five or six years, with some making predictions about strong sales for 2013 for both full-size pickups and midsize cars — long-seen as good indicators of a growing (or soon-to-be-growing) economy. We'll have more analysis of the 2012 sales numbers and exactly how the big competitors matched up against each other in the coming days and weeks. For now, 2012 is a wrap.
|Rank||YTD Sales||YTD vs. 2011
||Year-Over-Year||Monthly Sales||vs. month 2011|
|1||Ford F-Series||+10.3%||December 2012||68,787||+0.7%|
|2||Chevrolet Silverado||+0.8%||December 2012||50,699||+6.1%|
|3||Ram Trucks||+19.9%||December 2012||30,211||+16.1%|
|4||GMC Sierra||+5.4%||December 2012||18,710||+13.4%|
|6||Toyota Tundra||+22.6%||December 2012||10,254||+13.4%|
|7||Nissan Frontier||+7.2%||December 2012||3,688||-34.4%|
|8||Chevrolet Colorado *||+18.7%||December 2012||1,293||-56.5%|
|9||Chevrolet Avalanche||+19.4%||December 2012||2,737||+7.5|
|10||Nissan Titan||-1.9%||December 2012||1,838||-23.0%|
|11||Ford Ranger *||-72.7%||December 2012||118||-98.2%|
|12||Honda Ridgeline||+44.2%||December 2012||1,553||+5.8%|
|13||GMC Canyon *||-8.9%||December 2012||315||-56.0%|
|14||Cadillac Escalade EXT||-5.0%||
|15||Suzuki Equator||-7.6%||December 2012||194||+18.3%|
* No longer in production but still being sold.