Full-size pickup truck sales remain strong for the first quarter of 2013. March is traditionally a strong sales month for truck makers because of spring and the more robust work schedules planned by small-business owners. Also, the competitive nature of the segment means manufacturers are stepping up their incentives to make room for new models.
Most notably, General Motors is dealing with several plants that are making the changeover to a brand-new half-ton pickup. All-new crew cab Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s start rolling off the line at the end of April, double cabs in the middle of July and regular cabs in the beginning of August. Additionally, the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon models are coming, so existing stocks continue to wind down. And the same is true for the soon-to-vanish Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT and Suzuki Equator.
At a certain point, we'll be forced to go to a top 10 monthly sales report rather than a top 15.
|Rank||YTD Sales||YTD vs. 2012
||Year-Over-Year||Monthly Sales||vs. Month 2012|
|1||Ford F-Series||+17.4%||March 2013||67,513||+16.3%|
|2||Chevrolet Silverado||+22.0%||March 2013||39,561||+8.4%|
|3||Ram Trucks||+15.0%||March 2013||33,831||+25.5%|
|4||GMC Sierra||+17.7%||March 2013||13,817||-0.2%|
|6||Toyota Tundra||+15.4%||March 2013||9,270||+7.9%|
|7||Nissan Frontier||-13.7%||March 2013||6,818||+12.0%|
|10||Honda Ridgeline||+11.4%||March 2013||1,712||+40.9%|
|11||Chevy Colorado *||-78.0%||March 2013||560||-84.7%|
|12||GMC Canyon *||-79.2%||March 2013||154||-83.6%|
Caddy Escalade EXT*
|14||Suzuki Equator *||+7.7%||March 2013||199||+26.8%|
|15||Ford Ranger *||-100%||March 2013||0||-100%|
* No longer in production but still being sold.