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.