Best-Selling Pickup Trucks: September 2015

2015 PUTC sales photo

With Volkswagen dominating the headlines during September, some worried about industry sales repercussions; thankfully, they have not materialized. If anything, most truckmakers found September to be flat or slightly stronger than last year at this time.

Generally fall tends to be the start of a pretty good run for pickup sales as businesses and families want to make big purchases before winter. Unfortunately that didn't pan out for Ram this September as sales were flat compared with last September. On the plus side, Ram's year-to-date sales were 3.4 percent better than last year.

The big winners for the month are clearly Ford and GM. Ford has been building strength over the last few months and is seeing the biggest year-over-year gain it's seen all year, thanks in large part to both F-150 plants now running at full speed. GMC, in particular, has experienced steady growth throughout the year, making its three-truck strategy work as well as anyone could have predicted. Toyota also had a down month with both Tacoma and Tundra taking a solid hit. 

No doubt we'll see more incentive spending as the year draws to an end and automaker marketing teams fuel end-of-the-year sales wars with discounts. Some industry experts are predicting that 17 million vehicles sold by Dec. 31 will be an easy target to hit.

Editor's note: The chart for this story was updated Oct. 1 to reflect adjusted numbers from Toyota.

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Putc sept sales

Comments

Look at the yearly to-date totals.

GM, even minus the mid size twins have kicked everybody's butt in 2015. Who cares what the month/month figures are, as everyone has pointed out the figures are cooked for the benefit of the media, stockholders and potential investors.

the year to date figures are another story.

GM has to use 2 different lines of pickup trucks to do it though. 2 separate deals there and now they want to include midsize. Ford could of combined Ranger and Mazda sales together but never did. @johnny dope. You just wake up from your coma induced sleep again cause your ignorance is back.

Dang, 0% gain. But still #3 so that's something, I guess. Numerous recalls and lack of anything new. I've always been Mopar faithful but I'm not blind. Dodge will never sell as many trucks as Chevy or ford. Especially when both of them have recognizable changes. And fewer recalls. I really miss the old Chrysler corporation, before bob eaton, gm loyalist and suspected Frenchman, surrendered to the germans

Read'em and weep GM boys.

By the numbers in the last 16yrs.(Ford vs GMC/Chevy)

Ford 11,931,954 vs all of GMC/Chevy trucks 11,906,396

Ford is still the Heavy Weight Champion of the World.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/02/15/truck-wars-is-ford-motor-company-really-beating-ou.aspx

Whats interesting about the year sales and if im reading it correctly, there are more truck owners in 2015 than in previous years. More and more people are buying new trucks of all brands. With Leases becoming more popular because it means cheaper payments, I think it is helping more and more people get into a truck. They all are expensive but good lease incentives help sway their purchases. I would love to know how many are leasing vs buying. We all know fleet sales buy their vehicles but what about private owners. With leasing I have to believe brand does not matter to much, it is what they like and appeals to the customer.

RAM trucks are at production maximums !

They cant build more..

They don't have factories like GM or Ford..thats a fact..

WHY ARE FORD FANS SO HAPPY ?

1.3 % SALES INCREASE OVER SEPT.2014 !!!!

ALUMINUM F-150 ISNT SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE,ITS SALES ARE NOT THAT GOOD..1.3% INCREASE !!!!!!

Ford 1.3 % increase

Chevy 15.4% increase

RAM 3.4 % increase at Full capacity meaning cant build more due to less factories

@ BC_Lee

EXACTLY!!!

Actually those numbers are YTD over 2014. Month over is diffenent. You cannot look at those numbers as a pure matrix either. Ford sales numbers are much higher total. So to get the same percentage the sales numbers would have to be extremely high. And lower sales numbers like rams would take minimal sales increase for a higher percentage than Ford or Chevy.

Ford F series: 564,541 so far this year, Sept: 69,651
GM series: 602,557 so far this year, Sept: 73,479

I'd like to see this chart broken down into half ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton.

I just want you to let you know, that I am going hunting tomorrow. Completely off the grid for a week, in the case, that some desperate person is missing me and posting under my name, like in this article already. You have to wait when I am back. Ford horde is so predictable, it's not even funny anymore.
I could sell a bag of zhit with 4D name on it and they would order it online right away.
Have a nice fight about nothing. I am going overload my RAM 1500 again. LMAO.

@woopud

"Ford F series: 564,541 so far this year, Sept: 69,651
GM series: 602,557 so far this year, Sept: 73,479"

GM series? No, there is no such thing as GM series. It is Silverado and Sierra series which means GM needs to combine two of its brands sales to out do one of the Fords. So it would correctly be like this.

Ford F series: 564,541 so far this year, Sept: 69,651
GM Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra series: 602,557 so far this year, Sept: 73,479

This is just as true as saying Ford F Series outsells Chevrolet Silverado series of trucks or saying that the Ford F series outsells GMC Sierra series of trucks. You can spin by combining the sales of two brands all you want it to give you the warm and fuzzies inside, but it will still not change the fact that the Ford F Series is on the top of truck brand sales and has been there for over 30 years. You can make post after post after post saying that the combined sales of GM outdoes Ford like the others, but that will not change the ranking above that shows Ford F series outselling every other series of trucks.

So if Sergio pulls a hostile take over of gm and they keep gm truck line and the ram truck line under the new company would that mean you count Chevy, gmc, and ram sales as one?

FCA is #1 automaker in Canada.

While Ram sales were fairly steady in the United States in the face of gains by Ford and GM, they shot up by 28% in Canada.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/10/canadian-sales-high-again-30161

Ford won't survive in here.

Anything but an EcoBust

I will say that yes GM probably as a parent company does sell more 1/2 ton then ford but I will say that it takes 2 kinda different style (outside) trucks to make that number while Ford does it with 1. That in it self does say something. Either way as long as all manufacturers are making money that is good.

Ford easily out sold ram in Canada.
http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2015/10/canada-pickup-truck-sales-figures-september-2015-ytd.html?m=1

FCA easily outsold Ford in Canada.

I never realized how small the market is in Canada. Always thought of it being bigger.

Somar for the year yes FCA has sold more. But ford easily outsold FCA for the month.
http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2015/10/canada-auto-sales-brand-results-september-2015-ytd.html?m=1

I don't have a dog, who ever is using my nick name. LMAO.


Ford continued to be Canada's best-selling brand, but bucking a trend that's prevailed for so much of 2015, the overarching Ford Motor Company easily outsold Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the top-selling manufacturer through the first three-quarters of 2015. http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2015/10/canada-auto-sales-brand-results-september-2015-ytd.html

I don't have a dog, who ever is using my nick name. LMAO.


Posted by: Somar | Oct 1, 2015 8:32:01 PM

While funny, that is not me.

At least nobody is going to be at hunting spot tomorrow with Ford. They go shopping groceries every Friday.

@LMAO

Hahahahaha. You are the reason my keyboard is full of apple pie I was eating.
You forgot to switch nick name. You made my day. Hold on....

I can't stop laughing. I gotta go. LMAO.

Was September the closest Ford has come to selling more full size + HD GM trucks all year? GM only sold ~4K more in September. Maybe things are looking up for Ford? Although Ford didn't sell 70k like last month, they got pretty close. Everyone knows that ford dominates the HD market. I guess GM is the king of half tons.

Meant to say "more full size + HD trucks than GM". In all reality, Chevy may be the loan king of half tons this year, it's gotta be close at least.

Sales are totaled when a customer buys the vehicle.
Honda forces its dealers to take a certain number of vehicles based on previous sales and some other things. If you refuse to order that number they will penalize them and give other dealers the newest coolest cars before them.(ie NSX) only way they don't get penalized is if they show their line of credit is maxed out. last year when sales where slow my Acura store was overflowing with 300+ cars that Acura was jamming down are throat. took a while but discounts and dealer trades got inventory down.

Fleets also buy Fords for their durability..they don't want a truck that is in the shop so much of the time like generic motors and fiat trucks are

R.I.P.

Ford outsold GM twins, GMC Sierra & Chevy Silverado combine for the last 16yrs straight (1998 to 2014)

By the numbers in the last 16yrs.(Ford vs GMC/Chevy)

Ford 11,931,954 vs all of GMC/Chevy trucks 11,906,396

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/02/15/truck-wars-is-ford-motor-company-really-beating-ou.aspx

GM sales are up this year because they are cutting 40000 miles off the powertrain warranty. We have a fleet of Silverados at work and believe me you need that extra 40000 worth of warranty on Silverados.

GM still looking good. Mid size sales over 80,000 and Ford and Ram sure missed this one! And the full size pickups are blowing the numbers away from the last year numbers. Not to mention blowing Ford,s numbers away too. And without the large fleet sales that Ford uses to boost their numbers. Great job GM! I would have mentioned the full size suv sales also but there is no competition out there to dethrone what GM has to offer.

Include the ytd of the truck sales with those stated the the article from the fools.com and you will discover the gm has outsold Ford 17 years running. Hey, I said it here first.

GM been blowing Ford motor Company out of the water since 1908!

You should know everything about blowing Johnny Blowhard!!

MAO

You make me laugh. I wish I knew how you smile at me when I comment on Fords. Now I have to clean my computer after thinking of you today. You and Hemi are enjoyable. Have a good week and think about me when you read about Ram good news on here.


Posted by: Somar | Oct 1, 2015 10:03:09 PM

I have to admit seeing Ram recalls with death and injury is not good news to me. But to each their own I guess. Be safe and look out for those horney elk running in the woods.

GM been blowing Ford motor Company out of the water since 1908!


Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 1, 2015 11:04:33 PM

I guess whatever it takes to get "a head".

Congratulations GM on selling over 600,000 pick up truck just in the first 9 months of 2015! The Best Selling Pick Up truck 30 years running...go Chevy/GMC!

Chuck Taylor, your thrills are cheap as are your calculations. Ford truck sales include everything up to the F950, nothing over a 1 ton truck is a pick up truck it is a commercial vehicle. Ford fails, uses cheap cheat sheets and is at least 7 years behind GM in reliability, quality, technology and longevity. Ford remains the poor mans pick up with a red hue on the buyers neck. GM pick ups are upscale and the favorite of educated elite blue collar and white collar workers.

Anyone notice that Colorado sales have essentially flatlined at around 7k units?? Less than a year in and I don't think they ever got a sales surge. Either many potential buyers are waiting for the diesel or they are about to find out that Ford had been saying is true. Meanwhile Toyota with the older version Tacoma hums along at almost double the sales.

whoever made the comment on gm/fiat trucks being in the shop all the time, you do realize that gm has always had better reliability ratings than ford and FCA....

Keith have you read that the production line for colorados and canyons is limited to just about 10k a month.... Hence why sales have "flatlined". They are doing just fine.

Keith have you read that the production line for colorados and canyons is limited to just about 10k a month.... Hence why sales have "flatlined". They are doing just fine.

Anyone notice that Colorado sales have essentially flatlined at around 7k units?? Less than a year in and I don't think they ever got a sales surge. Either many potential buyers are waiting for the diesel or they are about to find out that Ford had been saying is true. Meanwhile Toyota with the older version Tacoma hums along at almost double the sales.


Posted by: KeithCT | Oct 2, 2015 6:25:20 AM

That is correct. and GMC has sold roughly 2500 Canyons each month and seem to essentially flat lined as well. So between the two they are selling about 10,000 each month. Hey Keith, guess how many GM can make every month. I will give you one guess. Hint: They are selling every one they make faster than any other truck being sold.

Ray Ray and Al - Every hear of ramping up production to meet demand?? If limiting the manufacture of a truck they sell every one of is good GM's idea of good practice, then they are screwed. Good companies will make more so they can sell more. FYI, they haven't sold out in any month they have shown sales on. For Sept they stalled at 9,666 units. So remind us again how they are selling "practically every one they make". So basically if they made 20k, they still would have only sold 9,666.

RayRay and Al - Now lets look at some numbers, shall we? Sept 9666, Aug 9537, Jul 9863... Hmm I don't see 10,000 trucks sold in a month over the last 3 months. I won't if I go further back either. If you add up the excess trucks not sold over those 3 months you get 934. What happened to those 934 if they are making 10k a month? Eventually you would have the ability to sell over 10k total based on the inventory left over that hadn't sold from the previous months. Yet somehow they never do. Why? Flatlined demand. They in fact are not selling as fast as they can build them, it is more like they are building not many more than they can sell.

I thought i read that the col/can plant was able to make about 120k vehicles a year. At 85k now with 3 mo to go they are just below max production. id say they are doing just fine in their first year w/o the diesel opt.

Funny how this site post's news about fords medium duty trucks, but when GM decides to partner with navistar on building medium duty trucks, you dont hear a thing....weird....

So what are you trying to say? They're biased towards Ford or against GM? PUTC doesn't post much medium duty news. The last post was from June and was about GM:

Chevrolet Gets Back Into Commercial Work Trucks
Posted by Mark Williams | June 16, 2015

Funny thing is fanbois don't realize they are late with every news and it isn't just a Ford thing. It took them several days just to post the Super Duty video. On the GM getting back into it, it won't happen until 2018 and will be made by Navistar. smh.

Gm can't afford to get in a war with Toyota on the midsize segment. The Colorado was expensive to develop and is going to need to make top dollar on each midsize unit sale to recoup the huge investment cost. It's doesn't really share the same platform with anything. Gm could put more midsize twins on the lots but if they did they would start requiring incentives which will cut into the length there investment is paid back.



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