Best-Selling Pickup Trucks: January 2017

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With 2016 ending as the best automotive sales year on record and finishing with the strongest December numbers ever, many experts are predicting 2017 automotive sales will slow. Certainly that would make sense given that pent-up demand for new vehicles seems to have worked its way through the pipeline. But there may be reasons for continued optimism. Based on consumer demand for bigger vehicles, pickup truck sales should continue to do well and there are some indicators that the economy is building strength.

Looking at sales numbers for January, Ford continued its reign as the top-selling full-size pickup, posting a gain of 12.5 percent over January 2016. Ram also gained compared with last January, while both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra faltered out of the starting gate, posting decreases. The Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup retained its top-selling title despite posting a small decrease from January 2016. The Chevy Colorado started strong with a 16.4 percent gain over last year, while the GMC Canyon lost traction dropping from No. 9 on our list in December 2016 to the bottom. The Canyon switched places with the full-size Nissan Titan, which posted a strong 195.4 percent gain over January 2016. That switch also bumped the Honda Ridgeline from its bottom-place berth in terms of mid-size sales.

No matter what happens in terms of sales for 2017, we're hopeful that all of the truckmakers will keep their pickups full of new technology, offering stronger replacement models on a faster timeline. Some of the more exciting pickups set to show up in dealerships in the coming year that fit that description include the off-road Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the all-new Nissan Frontier and a host of new powertrain choices for half-ton pickups from several brands.

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PUTC January sales

Comments

@papa, classic answer....only 200.....what will the next excuse be? you already used all the other ones up

Posted by: Nitro | Feb 2, 2017 7:38:23 AM

At that rate, it is possible Ford could sell 2400 more trucks than GM in 2017, I doubt it. The clear out 2016 f-series event will be over in a month or two.

"@ GMSUCKS; I know, it's hard to swallow that crow but sorry to report - they are giving away those shaky GOVT motor trucks for about $1000 more than Ford trucks;

F-Series incentives average $3800 per truck, shaky GM about $4.800 and Ram about $5,800.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/02/01/ford-us-sales-january-2017.aspx"

More from the same article:
"Ford's deliveries to rental-fleet and commercial-fleet customers fell 13% in January from a year ago. Ford's U.S. sales chief, Mark LaNeve, said in a conference call for analysts and media that the drop was explained by a year-over-year difference in the timing of deliveries to big fleet customers." Meaning that fleet sales will pickup later in the year.

"Low incentives, strong sales of the all-new Super Duty pickups, and strong retail buyer preferences for higher-trim trucks combined to generate a very strong average transaction price for the F-Series in January: $46,400 per truck, up about $3,800 from a year ago."

Some good news from GM:
"Total fleet sales were up 1 percent on a 12 percent increase in Government deliveries and a 1 percent increase in Commercial sales. GM’s fleet mix was 21 percent of total sales."
"The Tahoe, up 8 percent, and Suburban, up 11 percent, had their best January retail sales since 2008."
"Sales of the Silverado HD pickup were up 32 percent for the truck’s best January retail sales since 2008. Total HD sales were also the best since 2008."
https://www.gm.com/investors/sales/us-sales-production.html

I have not been able to find average transaction price for Chevy pickups, just the entire line of Chevy products. I suspect that it is quite a bit lower than Ford's.
Bottom line: Ford sales were up in spite of reduced fleet sales while Chevy sales were down in spite of increased fleet sales. Chevy incentives were higher. Chevy does still seem to dominate large SUVs even though they are closely related to pickups. Ford and Chevy are both selling a bunch of newly improved HD trucks.

I tried to find more details on Ram sales but a few quick searches did not turn up anything more than what this article already has.

@ Sean... don't think I'm believing your "most every truck comes back."

Posted by: supercrew02 | Feb 2, 2017 12:37:02 AM

I believe him. I hear my FORD owning colleagues complaining all the time about their F-series being in the shop. They unfortunately have too much blue in their glasses to switch to a quality manufacturer.

Here are some interesting comments on sales:
"The good news for GM's profitability is that average transaction prices (ATPs) for GM's Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup rose about $1,750 from a year ago, to roughly $43,650 in January, according to J.D. Power PIN data made available to The Motley Fool.

But sales of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (NYSE:FCAU) Ram pickups and Ford Motor Company's (NYSE:F) F-Series were both up, 4% and 12.5% respectively. And while Ram's discounts were indeed steep, Ford's weren't: The F-Series' ATPs rose much more than GM's, by about $3,800, to roughly $46,400 per truck."
From https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/02/01/general-motors-sales-slip-as-pickups-lose-ground.aspx?source=yahoo-2&utm_campaign=article&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=yahoo-2&yptr=yahoo

So Ford not only sold more trucks than GM but their average price is $3,800 more.

to GMSRGREAT,
I own both a two Ecoboost F150s. Yes, they both have been back to the dealer for some minor issues but nothing major and I would buy the same trucks again knowing to expect these issues. Now for the surprising part: The most reliable vehicle I have ever owned is a 2011 Kia. It has only been back to the dealer for one issue, a dome light went out and it was under warrentee. Other than that nothing but change the oil, tires, battery and windshield wipers. All routine maintenance items on any vehicle. No alignments, brakes or anything else in the first 100K miles. If they come out with a full size PU I will definately consider one.

@papa/GMS, I'm so sorry you guys have to resort to always defending the twins who continue to trail Fseries pickups. Please understand, your constant name calling of others continues to make you look bad. As I have pointed out before, you guys can never tell us why the twins are so great, only that Ford is bad, thats speaks volume....anyway as they say, if your not first your last

Point is: Ford out sold GM 4x Brands of GARBAGE.


PERIOD!!!!

The people pointing out the fact,that ford sell for $3800 more than the other should understand, that it doesn't matter, if aluminium truck takes $4000 more to make for example.
On the other hand, Brexit’s fallout caught up to Ford’s 2017 earnings. The automaker will earn $600 million less due to Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Currency hedges against the country’s pound no longer will help.

https://easterndaily.com/brexit-costs-ford-600-million/

I think you all need a life! Every story is full of juvenile comments from the same old cast.

And this is even with GM taking like $11,000 off some of these 6.2 GMC Sierra's.

Really wouldn't take much of a new design for Ram to overtake Chevy.

The funny thing is, they want more money for the GMC Canyon then the Chevy Colorado. And with that extra money, you don't even get an 8-speed I do believe.

And this is even with GM taking like $11,000 off some of these 6.2 GMC Sierra's.

Really wouldn't take much of a new design for Ram to overtake Chevy.

The funny thing is, they want more money for the GMC Canyon then the Chevy Colorado. And with that extra money, you don't even get an 8-speed I do believe.


Posted by: TRX-4 Tom | Feb 2, 2017 12:59:41 PM

This is correct, it's from GM Financial.

In the article above it says

"Some of the more exciting pickups set to show up in dealerships in the coming year that fit that description include the off-road Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the all-new Nissan Frontier"

Did I miss something? I never saw ANY info on a new Frontier at the Detroit auto show. Was it released info there or since then? I have been waiting on a new Frontier and hopefully optioned with the Cummins diesel 2.8l they have worked on for this truck over the past 5yrs.

Where is the new info on this truck? The link is to a Jan 2016 post. Has this been CONFIRMED for a 2017 model release? ANYONE??

Chevy just applied for a patent on a tailgate step. http://www.autoblog.com/2017/02/02/chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-tailgate-step-2019-patent/
Apparently they are realizing a Man Step is a good option after all. Next up, GM will be announcing their plans for an aluminum truck.

@job1, as gms and papa are now realizing, if you cant lead, follow.

Chevy just applied for a patent on a tailgate step. http://www.autoblog.com/2017/02/02/chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-tailgate-step-2019-patent/
Apparently they are realizing a Man Step is a good option after all. Next up, GM will be announcing their plans for an aluminum truck.


Posted by: Job1 | Feb 2, 2017 2:03:41 PM

It already looks like a crappy design. smh...

@trucksbuttsANDbeers

what's the hurry? Nissan is selling the Frontier like crazy and their price strategy is working very well. They own the space between 20 to 30k pricewise.

Killing Honda Ridgeline, hurting GM and making Ford wonder why they would want to jump into the tank with all the Nissan sharks swimming around.


It already looks like a crappy design. smh...


Posted by: Frank | Feb 2, 2017 3:06:44 PM

Agreed. More crap to break, just stay with the bumper step.

Ford clowns all happy over one month, you still got 11 more to go!

Chevy just applied for a patent on a tailgate step. http://www.autoblog.com/2017/02/02/chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-tailgate-step-2019-patent/

Posted by: Job1 | Feb 2, 2017 2:03:41 PM

That is a brilliant safely designed step. Why couldn't FORD design something as intelligent as that?

Got my GED and you still got 11 months to go, sorry you can't figure that out.

Posted by: johnny doe | Feb 3, 2017 9:10:47 AM

Hey johnny duh?..yeah get ready to eat some more crow for 11 months - Ford will only increase their lead, RAM recall will bypass shaky cheby/GMC in full size trucks...this is not a predicition, it's simple mathematical logic with GOVT motors has nothing interesting at least for the next 2 yrs...I wonder what lame excuse shaky cheby fangirls will come up with this time?!...HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

@papajim

The 2.8l cummins concept was put up in 2013 Nissan onsite and developed per Nissan statement since 2010. 7yrs is hardly "hurry" , to the contrary!

Now that you have given you personal view... did you actually have an answer to my question as to the confirmation of the article in which this was posted ??

Lionel should change his name to duh, cause he'll be scratching his head in 11 months wondering how Ford still is in second place.

Never mind, papjim. I found my answer.

The answer I was looking for and found was this.
7-27-16

"The new 2018 Nissan Frontier is in the final design stages. Will it be coming with a Cummins Turbo diesel?

Nissan has declared it’s the “Year of the Truck.” Nissan will be bringing mid-size truck buyers a new-generation 2018 Frontier soon. Will it be getting a Cummins diesel option? If its like the new Titan half-ton single cab, it will. The new Titan will be offered with a Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It won’t be getting this diesel powerhouse, but it could come with a smaller version.

What’s next for the new 2018 Frontier?

Nissan recently brought a prototype Frontier pickup with 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine to a press event. This was the same vehicle Nissan brought to the Chicago Auto Show in 2014. The new diesel variant has around 200hp and 350 lb ft of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The fuel economy improvement would be around 30 percent over the comparable Frontier V6 gas powerplant according to Nissan sources.

Nissan says the towing capacity would likely be comparable to their V6 towing rating (5500 lbs), but testing is still being conducted. Nissan is responding to the positive reaction from the new Chevy Colorado with a diesel option. Nissan already produces the global Frontier (Renault Navara) with a diesel that sells well around the world. Now they just need to evaluate US truck buyers, and see if they would buy the new 2018 Frontier with a more costly diesel powerplant.

The new-generation midsize 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup will be redesigned next year. Look for more flexibility in the platform, new styling and an option for a 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine."

Source: Nissan

The new-generation midsize 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup will be redesigned next year. Look for more flexibility in the platform, new styling and an option for a 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine."
Source: Nissan

Posted by: trucksbuttsANDbeers | Feb 3, 2017 5:24:15 PM

I have a friend with this new '17 Nissan Frontier (called Navara here) with the 2.8 diesel; my '15 global Ranger with 3.2 turbo diesel out performs it in every aspect including off-road in 4WD.
The only thing I must admit was slightly better than the Ranger was the ride - it was so smooth you'll think you'll riding an SUV. This is normal as it comes with coil springs all around so not sure how that limits towing & hauling but if anything like the RAM, it will affect it.

@trucksbuttsANDbeers

What's your beef?

Ford sold more f150's than GM sold Trucks. Silverado+Sierra+colorado+canyon

@chris bates

Try the idea of reading-for-comprehension Chris.

Ford's total includes ALL of the F-model trucks. Half ton, one ton and all points in between.

the last two years in a row, GM outsold Ford by more than one hundred thousand trucks. Ford has the edge (no pun) in this year's first report (January) but GM is already way ahead of Ford and RAM on Average Transaction Prices.

Ask any of the really big shareholders who have large portfolios of Ford or Ram stock if they wouldn't just love for their companies to have higher ATP figures.

FCA closing retail gap with Ford

by Bill Cawthon on Saturday, February 4, 2017
Despite an 11% overall drop in total sales, FCA’s retail sales in the United States were just 839 behind Ford Motor Company in January — 109,350 sales vs Ford’s 110,189.



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