the top-selling vehicles in America in 2008

30 01 2009

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called making billions but losing money, talking about large corporations.  In it, I mentioned the “Big 3” automakers and focused specifically on General Motors as an example.  I won’t rehash that rant now, but I recently saw some sales figures for most of 2008, and it surprised me.

Since gas prices went over $4 per gallon in 2008, what do you suppose the top selling vehicle in the U.S. was?  Did people finally cut back and buy hybrids or regular cars with high gas mileage?  Do you have a guess?  Also, consider how much trouble the “Big 3” American automakers are having, saying they need a bailout or they’ll go under.  Do you think they have any entries near the top of the top 10 sales list?  You may be surprised…

Here’s the list, using sales for the first 11 months of 2008:

1. Ford F-Series          473,933
2. Chevrolet Silverado    431,725
3. Toyota Camry           411,342
4. Honda Civic            352,248
5. Honda Accord           350,638
6. Toyota Corolla/Matrix  328,878
7. Nissan Altima          252,357
8. Chevrolet Impala       244,692
9. Dodge Ram              229,222
10. Ford Focus            184,152

Don’t you feel sorry for Ford and General Motors?  They’ve having such a horrible year!  They only have four vehicles in the top 10 list of sales, including the top 2.  Obviously that’s not enough for them to be profitable.  And by their standard, I suppose all the other carmakers should be about to go under, too.  (But for some reason they’re not…)

Hybrid sales did go up quite a bit, but not enough to make the list of best-selling vehicles in America.  Also, overall sales are down from previous years.  And SUV sales have went down considerably.  So there was some change, but not a lot.

On a semi-related note, the government has mandated that auto manufacturers must have their entire fleet of cars average 35 miles per gallon by 2020.  Guess how many of 2008’s top 10 selling vehicles average 35 MPG or more.  Zero.  They have a lot of work to do.

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