Best-Selling Pickup Trucks: December 2016

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The roller-coaster ride that was 2016 is now history and we're likely to have one of the biggest-selling years on record, just nipping ahead of the previous record of 17.5 million total vehicles sold in 2015.

The biggest winners of 2016 are mid-size pickups as the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline and GMC Canyon all finished with impressive gains over 2015 numbers. In the full-size segment, the Ford F-Series just inched ahead of the GM pickups: the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Ram and Nissan also did well, with Ram enjoying a high volume of sales and Nissan experiencing the highest percentage gain with its new Titan and Titan XD riding high as dealerships get familiar with both models.

Additionally, it looks like many of the big truckmakers believe the pent-up demand for full-size pickups is over as several of them have instituted temporary factory shutdowns or slowdowns to deal with larger than preferred inventories on dealer lots.

We also should note that when totaling all pickup truck sales by corporate brand, GM is the clear winner by a wide margin, with four different models — the Silverado, Sierra, Colorado and Canyon — and three truck sizes to sell, while others only have two.

The final tally for the year is likely to squeak past 2015's record total, but we'll know more by the time we post our sales breakdown next week.

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PUTC December 2016 sales chart

Comments

WOW, number 1 Ford for 40 years in a row, awesome job!, the Silvy and Sierra twins just cant do it......

Nitro GM could. Any manufacturer could depending on how little they want to make of each sale and production capacity

Yawn, same o same o; go Ford, 41 yrs of kicking twin shaky GOVT motor full size trucks...HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Way to go GM, #1 as always.
Ford was giving away 13,000.00 $ rebates and still came in second.

In case GMSUCKS gang haven't noticed; shaky GOVT motors twin full size trucks are the only ones showing negative sales even after all the discounts & Costco special deal's.....

Geez...they'll need to discount 15 000 bucks or more now to try sell those shaky rust buckets!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

@ IMHO So it takes Silverado 1500-3500,Sierra 1500-3500,Canyon and Colorado 8 trucks to beat Ford's F-150-F-550

GM twins down for the year; F-Series up for the year, and that's with Ford launching the new SD.
I guess GM needs to find better ads...or a better truck.

So, IMHO, GM needs FOUR truck lines to outsell Ford's TWO? Not sure I'd be proud of that.
As for incentives, hate to break it to you but GM's incentives led all mainstream manufacturers last month...trailing only BMW. So it's not Ford putting all that cash on the hood. It's GM.

If GM would stop Chevy trucks and call all trucks GMC they would be the number 1 seller for 80 years !!!


****I drive a 2015 Ford F 150 5.0 V8,so Ford losers GM fans cant decide between the GMC or Chevy,if they were all GMC Trucks they would be number 1 !

Now,RAM is up ,awesome ! My next truck will probably be a Ram in 2019/2020..

I presently have a 2015 Silverado and my dealership has been trying to talk me into a new 16 or 17 model. Just can't get past the new front end look of the 16's, might be one of the reasons for lower sales this year. Love my 15 so will stick with it for now. In my opinion there isn't much difference between truck companies so I guess maybe looks is skin deep...

Titian is up,but I don't want a French/Asian/German Truck..

Wow, GM sold so many trucks that I had trouble adding them all up. I don't work with #'s like that everyday. But it appears 942,730 trucks sold for the year. WooHoo! The General wins again!

looks like GM sold 2x as many trucks as RAM or Toyota

Im not really a Chevy fan but why does this show only chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra? That is like counting only Ford Lariat. Maybe the numbers are correct? But the way it is written would only include a certain package of Chevy and GMC full size trucks.

Curious.... these are global sales or just North America sales?

RE: my above comment

Or are all full size Chevy/GMC trucks called Silverad/Sierra now days??

Ford has the best selling truck, Ford F-Series.

If you want to total all trucks, Ford is the best selling truck.

Ford is America’s best-selling truck brand, with 1,077,006 van, pickup and heavy truck sales.

Check mate.

I KNOW WHY ? BECAUSE THEY SUCKS.

Crushing blow to Ford, GM is the #1 truck maker for another year. Great job GM.

Congratulations to Ford. Its remarkable how they continue to lead the way. My brother in law and I added to sales number this year. Excellent trucks. Very satisfied with my purchase.

At least my beer will be cheaper in the near future with the Fords SD line going aluminum , more aluminum garbage to recycle. LOL

Well like it or not, the way sales numbers are added has stayed the same, the way each truck line is counted. Ford stays on top. The sales break down formula was set years ago. You don't change it now!
Now perhaps GM should rethink how it spends stupid $$$ on truck bed commercials, and spend it elsewhere. Doing unrealistic commercials hasn't helped their sales, move on. Dropping objects in a stupid manner, into any truck bed that most would have a bed liner, just not convincing smart people that's "real world" situation..
Here's an idea, GM change to round fender openings, maybe that will work?

As for incentives, hate to break it to you but GM's incentives led all mainstream manufacturers last month...trailing only BMW. So it's not Ford putting all that cash on the hood. It's GM.
Posted by: lray801 | Jan 4, 2017 3:32:58 PM

Uhhhh... I guess you didn't hear about all the cash Ford has had to put on those aluminum hoods in the last year and a half.

Hey check it out 25% off 2016 F-150's at Capital Ford!
https://capitalford.com/specials/new-2016-ford-f-150-04863653-a247-47cc-a2d8-62d58cb0727a

25% off 2016 F-150's over at Chapel Hill Ford too!
https://www.universityfordchapelhill.com/specials/new-2016-ford-f-150-f0b15396-da28-47b1-849f-d9f309533b06

https://d18zm77o7qzu1y.cloudfront.net/wsbs/images/000/210/492/original/CF-Banner-120216-F150.jpg

Hahaha Ford had to put $11k on the hood of some 2015 F-150's months after the truck hit dealer lots!

July 16, 2015:
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-putting-nearly-11000-hoods-f-150s/

@ Hey Ford sucks "At least my beer will be cheaper in the near future with the Fords SD line going aluminum , more aluminum garbage to recycle. LOL"...
Fyi if you were a true cars/truck person, you'd know that aluminum panels has been used in many different brands of vehicles for decades, yes decades. Where were you then? You'll be the sad one when your brand is rusted out in a few short years.
FYI.. New Jeeps WILL BE using aluminum panels in their new vehicles. I'm sure others to follow.
Then you'll have to change your song..
The fact not to have a rusty looking vehicle in few years sounds good to me.

@ HD RamKing... do little more unbiased research, ALL the truck mfg's use "big incentives" on certain optioned trucks at years end.
I read both GM & RAM offered big $1k plus "rebates" so report all the news not part of it.

In the end ANY one of them can offer whatever they need to move vehicles. If Ford was better at it, then who's the stupid ones???

Now perhaps GM should rethink how it spends stupid $$$ on truck bed commercials, and spend it elsewhere. Doing unrealistic commercials hasn't helped their sales, move on. Dropping objects in a stupid manner, into any truck bed that most would have a bed liner, just not convincing smart people that's "real world" situation..

Posted by: supercrew02 | Jan 4, 2017 5:51:03 PM

Not real world?
When Ford started filling youtube with marketing fluff 2 year ago, they were trying to "prove" that their aluminum bed could handle the exact same kind of abuse as the Chevy commercial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6Zo1XOTT8
"The military grade aluminum that we're using in this pickup box is designed to withstand this type of abuse"
*excavator starts dropping big rocks in the bed of the aluminum F-150*

I guess it's a good thing nobody threw toolbox in the back of this prototype huh:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBuYbGXVHdE

As for incentives, hate to break it to you but GM's incentives led all mainstream manufacturers last month...trailing only BMW. So it's not Ford putting all that cash on the hood. It's GM.
Posted by: lray801 | Jan 4, 2017 3:32:58 PM

Yeah he's not to bright, should of looked up some facts before posting lol!

"Inventive Spending: In December, GM’s incentive spending as a percent of ATP was 13 percent, lower than in November
For the year, GM’s incentive spending as a percent of ATP was 11.9 percent, well below the incentive spending of its domestic competitors and many of its global competitors."


Can read it in the Dec US sale story on gm authority com since it won't let me post the link.

military grade aluminum (AKA) recycled beer cans.

Here's an idea, GM change to round fender openings, maybe that will work?

Posted by: supercrew02 | Jan 4, 2017 5:51:03 PM

Excerpt from article above:

We also should note that when totaling all pickup truck sales by corporate brand, GM is the clear winner by a wide margin....

Yes people, GM is a brand! FORD is a brand! There were more GM branded trucks sold 2 years running. GM is a manufacturer! FORD is a manufacturer! GM manufactured and sold more trucks 2 years running. Any questions?

I.actually like the square wheel well look. It's been a signature design element for GM trucks for a long time too.

Then again, if GM did ddecide to use round wheel wells, the Ford ladies on here would be screaming that GM was "stealing ideas from Ford again!"

The old GM's looked good with the moderatly square wheel wells, but they look rediculously cartoonish on the newer trucks with the fender bulge almost up to the top of the bed.

At least the wheel wells have a design to them, not like some manufacturers that just trace the tire.

Well look at these numbers

GM had an extremely horrible month in Canada for December. GM won't even remotely come close to selling more pickups in the US in 2017. If they remove their class leading incentives their sales will drop like they are in Canada.
http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2017/01/december-2016-canada-best-selling-pickup-truck-sales-figures.html

@ HD RamKing... do little more unbiased research, ALL the truck mfg's use "big incentives" on certain optioned trucks at years end.
I read both GM & RAM offered big $1k plus "rebates" so report all the news not part of it.

In the end ANY one of them can offer whatever they need to move vehicles. If Ford was better at it, then who's the stupid ones???
Posted by: supercrew02 | Jan 4, 2017 6:06:18 PM

As JD pointed out,

"Inventive Spending: In December, GM’s incentive spending as a percent of ATP was 13 percent, lower than in November
For the year, GM’s incentive spending as a percent of ATP was 11.9 percent, well below the incentive spending of its domestic competitors and many of its global competitors."

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/general-motors-december-2016-sales-figures-numbers-results-united-states/

Good job Toyota Tacoma, way to own #1 again!

Good job Toyota Tacoma, way to own #1 again!
Posted by: oxi | Jan 4, 2017 9:38:35 PM

What about the Tundra? Fail.

Average transaction price for Super Duty $55,100, up about $5,400 from a year ago

Average transaction price for Super Duty $55,100, up about $5,400 from a year ago

Posted by: David | Jan 4, 2017 11:18:49 PM

Not that impressive since they been rolling out mostly high end trim models, just like they did when the F150 was new.

WOW, number 1 Ford for 40 years in a row, awesome job!, the Silvy and Sierra twins just cant do it......
Posted by: Nitro | Jan 4, 2017 2:48:42 PM

Yep. And here's anothing thing...

Mike Levine ‏@mrlevine 15h15 hours ago

Zero (0.0) mention of Chevy Silverado in GM's 2016 year-end sales release:
http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2017/jan/0104-gmsales.html

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Oh snap!


WOW, number 1 Ford for 40 years in a row, awesome job!, the Silvy and Sierra twins just cant do it......
Posted by: Nitro | Jan 4, 2017 2:48:42 PM

Yep. And here's another thing...

Mike Levine ‏@mrlevine 15h15 hours ago

Zero (0.0) mention of Chevy Silverado in GM's 2016 year-end sales release:
http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2017/jan/0104-gmsales.html

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Oh snap!

Well look at these numbers

Posted by: Sexy dude in a Chevy truck | Jan 4, 2017 7:50:02 PM

Gm has produced a minimum of 3,186,224 sexy square wheel well openings in 2016.

Here in Pennsylvania the gas tax is up to 78 cents a gallon
They also have a soft drink tax that's 108% MORE than the cost of the soft drink.

So do I have to give up drinking soda so I can afford gas for my truck or do I trade in my truck for a fuel efficient car so I can afford Coca-Cola ?

Congratulations to General Motor for having the best selling trucks for the 20th year in a row. Nice try Furd, counting everything from the 150 to the 950 shows you still don't know how to make a good quality pick up truck. The GM twins in the full size & mid size totally outclass anything Furd slaps together. One thing Furd girlies can be proud of, Furd sells more pick up trucks in San Francisco than any other truck maker. I don't wonder why.

People in this site are obsessed. As a MFG, GM sold more trucks. As a BRAND, the F series is the top selling truck. Does it really matter that much in your life?? This is what you put your life's energy into. Jeez, they are all tools

@tj,gms and johnny, Ford number 1, no matter how you guys try to spin it, the number 1 selling truck is Ford for 40 years. Lets review, chevy and gmc sales down, Ford up, as we review the chart above, number is Ford, Chevy a distance second with loosing sales numbers, Ford commercials promote military grade, chevy commercials show some weird guy asking people to give an omoji to express how they feel about chevy/gmc, nobody cares, Ford is still number 1 as the commercials state, lets review, Ford is number 1 for 40years and counting.

So do I have to give up drinking soda so I can afford gas for my truck...?

@bankruptinpa

Yes you do.

While you're at it, buy some Kool-aid and share it with the Ford and Ram guys.

Subsituting Kool-aid will save you a lot of money over buying canned soft drinks and the Ford/Ram crowd have proven that drinking the Kool-aid won't kill you.

Here's the important part: Don't switch to the fuel efficient micro sedan. It will make you so depressed.

Even if I'm having one of my bad days, I can still hop in the V8 powered half ton out in the driveway and hear the rumble.

And with all due respect, please move to a state that respects your independence from taxation. Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Wyoming, Alaska and more. Let California, New York and Pennsylvania tax their citizens to death, Americans can thrive in a low tax state.

@ Grizz,

That is because Toyota has slowed production down in Texas to focus on more Tacoma production, hello, do you pay attention much?

The most interesting fact in the list, to me, is that for December the new Titan outsold both the Honda Ridgeline and the GMC Canyon. It will be interesting to see if those sales continue to increase.

Geez, where are my manners?
Congrats to FORD manufacturing on a valiant effort in attempting to break out of the #2 sales position in trucks. Unfortunately, not achieving that goal has resulted in having to idle some of its truck factories until excess inventory clears out. But hey, you got another kick at the cat in 2017............ If only you had a midsize.
Oh well, good luck!



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