Best-Selling Pickup Trucks: September 2013

Fords Pair 2013 II

Although the overall auto industry slowed a bit for September, the news continues to be pretty good for pickup truck sales. The top five selling pickups so far this year are up an average of 20 percent from this time last year. The only negative numbers seem to be coming from the monthly sales figures when compared to September 2012; however, we should note that because of some calendar shifts and differences from last year to this year, 2012 had three more days of selling than 2013. That has a lot to do with why the month-over-month numbers don't look so good. Still, Ford's F-Series and Ram pickup sales, and even the Honda Ridgeline, are on a strong upward pace to finish the year with solid profits.

The full-size pickup segment remains strong, with certain popular models outstripping supply. You can bet all the big players are going to focus like a laser on squeezing the most production out of each of their truck plants to finish the year strong, which many analysts are saying will likely hit 16 million units by year end. Although the crown for best-selling half-ton and midsize seems like a done deal, the final tallies in the remaining months will be fun to watch.



Lou is correct.

Lou is correct.

Posted by: Frank | Oct 2, 2013 12:18:36 PM

And you are a troll!

TROLL = johnny doe

You have sad life, dude, go get one.

God, it's difficult to read the comments here. I suspect many of you are paid employees of certain automakers, and a big chunk of the rest are, well, I'll play nice....

Ignoring the percentage points and year over year stuff, it's pretty frightening how close Ram came to matching Chevy in sales last month. That says a lot about how the public views GM right now.

GM management should be in crisis mode, because there's one CLEARLY looming.

i was told that ford counted Fusion, Taurus, Focus, and transit sales as F-Series sales. no wonder they appear to sell more. talk about padding the #'s.

@Bob - good observation. I'm still seeing plenty of 2013 GMC/Chev pickups on the lot.
I am surprised to see GMC/Chev 2014's with 1,500 to 3,500 discounts (in Canada).

Here is damn good link involving Cummins. It's a PowerPoint presentation. Go to slide 25. Some damn interesting figures for a Nissan diesel pickup......I think.

Ram isn't even in the league of the new Nissan maybe, with FE. If you go through the links, check out what VW and Volvo have in mind for diesel. Exceptional.

Another link from a little earlier this year with some technical info on the 2.8 Cummins that was trialed in the Titan.

Like Lou and I have stated, maybe V8s haven't much longer to live. Check out the 'near' future power from diesels. 100kw per litre! Just around the corner.


In the same issue of RQ, Ricardo addresses the topic of supercharging, but in a different application. Ricardo has been working on its ‘Alpha Project’ – a US Armed Forces’ Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) project.

The vehicle features a ‘Ricardo-optimized’ Cummins diesel I4 engine with a supercharger and turbocharger and Aisin six-speed transmission that were each calibrated specifically for tactical vehicle fuel efficiency, based on the representative drive cycle developed.

Ricardo claims results showed the FED Alpha vehicle as having a 72 per cent improved fuel economy over the existing vehicle in the driving tests.


Enjoy, some might be a little over the top and technical.

GM's outgoing trucks with one foot in the grave sold better than these new trucks, Mopar is now nipping at Chevy's heels for the #2 position. GM's new "old tech" trucks are obviously a sales flop, the market has spoken, it prefers Ford's and Mopar's higher technology and refinement.

Just in case you all may have forgotten, Ford has been #1 in sales for almost 3 decades. That doesn't happen because of GM telling customers to wait till December to get the good deals. With this kind of trend, Ford's spot at the top for sales certainly isn't a fluke. That said, I doubt I'll ever buy another new one from them or from any other manufacturer for that matter. I think it was a big mistake on their part to discontinue manual transmissions in their trucks and I refuse to get another automatic at least until I too old to push a clutch in. I'll just have to keep my 2005 running for the next 50 years.

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