December was a mixed sales bag for many pickup truck makers, but several finished the year with 13 to 18 percent gains over 2012, with Ram and Honda leading the pack, finishing over 20 percent year over year. The Ford F-Series came within a whisker of selling 75,000 pickups this month (if you don't add in F-650), with the Nissan Frontier crushing its numbers from last year, up 46 percent over the previous December.
The pickup truck segment finished with 2013 sales well more than 2 million units and will likely finish strong in 2014. Two all-new offerings are coming to market at the end of the year (the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon) as well as a new Ford F-150 and possible Nissan Titan. F-150, Titan and Ridgeline sales are likely to be a little shaky in 2014 due to production shifts and plant modifications. We'll have a more detailed look at the various pickup truck segments of 2013 as we dive deeper into the year-end sales numbers in the coming weeks.
To see the fastest and slowest selling vehicles for the month, click here.
Editor's note: This post was updated on Jan. 7 to correct an error in the sales chart.