It's no secret the compact/midsize segment is still going through an adjustment phase with the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota leaving some significant gaps in the number of options small pickup buyers now have. In fact, we've seen some interesting sales changes happening to this segment due to their absence.
Additionally, changes will be coming as GM plans to bring the next-generation Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon to the U.S. by next year. Likewise, there have been persistent rumors about a small pickup with a unibody platform in the works from automakers like Ford or Hyundai. And VW continually teases us about the possibility of bringing the Amarok to the U.S. as well.
It's worth noting again that the numbers we're using came from R.L. Polk, provider of automotive information, and are based on 2012 new-vehicle registrations for pickup trucks in the U.S. These numbers will vary slightly when compared to the monthly sales numbers we report throughout the year because that data is supplied to us from the manufacturers which only includes a recorded sale but not necessarily a state registered vehicle.
We also wanted to look at the entire pickup truck category to see how the different truckmakers compared for the year. The results are interesting and hopefully point to another strong year for 2013.