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Pickup vehicles dominate America’s 10 best-selling autos of 2020

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2021 Ford F-150 Limited


Look no additional than the automotive trade’s best-selling autos of final yr as proof of America’s love for pickup vehicles.

Led by vehicles from the Detroit automakers, pickups accounted for 5 of the trade’s 10 best-selling autos in 2020 regardless of their more and more increased costs and the coronavirus pandemic.

Ford Motor’s F-Series truck retained its decades-long gross sales dominance, adopted by pickups from General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. The three top-selling pickups accounted for about 13% of the 14.5 million autos estimated to have been bought final yr within the U.S.

“Pickup trucks have been very successful. They have marched through this pandemic so well,” Jessica Caldwell, government director of insights for auto analysis agency Edmunds, advised CNBC. “They have boosted up all of their respective companies. Particularly the Detroit companies, they have kept business afloat fairly well.”

As gross sales to industrial and different fleet clients got here to a grinding halt in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, automakers touted retail customers buying pickups as shortly as they may produce them in 2020. The corporations are nonetheless attempting to resupply inventories following a roughly two-month shutdown of their North American crops final spring as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

“It was astonishing. It was like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I think the automakers were magicians basically in selling trucks this year,” mentioned Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive president of the Americas. “It was a remarkable year for trucks.”

Ford’s F-Series, which incorporates the F-150 and its bigger siblings, remained America’s best-selling car for the 39thstraight yr and the trade’s top-selling truck for the 44th consecutive yr. GM’s Chevrolet Silverado regained its silver medal place after dropping to 3rd in 2019 behind Fiat Chrysler’s Ram pickup.

Newcomers to the 10 best-selling autos final yr included GM’s GMC Sierra in addition to the Toyota Tacoma, which outsold the Toyota Corolla compact automobile. Falling off the gross sales leaderboard in comparison with 2019 had been the Corolla and Nissan Rogue, which ranked sixth in 2019.

Here’s the total listing of America’s 10 best-selling autos in 2020:

1. Ford F-Series (Sales of 787,422 models, down 12.2% in comparison with 2019)

Ford CEO Jim Farley takes off his masks on the Ford Built for America occasion at Fords Dearborn Truck Plant on September 17, 2020 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Nic Antaya | Getty Images

2. Chevrolet Silverado (594,094, up 3.2%)

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

Source: General Motors

3. Ram pickup (563,676, down 11%)

2019 Ram 1500

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4. Toyota RAV4 (430,387, down 3.9%)

2018 Toyota Rav Four on show on the 2018 New York International Auto Show on March 29th, 2018.

Adam Jeffery | CNBC

5. Honda CR-V (333,502, down 13.2%)

6. Toyota Camry (294,348, down 12.7%)

Toyota Camry TRD

Source: Toyota

7. Chevrolet Equinox (270,994, down 21.7%)

A Chevrolet Equinox SUV is seen on the manufacturing line at SAIC-GM Wuhan Manufacturing Plant on April 7, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

VCG | Getty Images

8. Honda Civic (261,225, down 19.8%)

2021 Honda Civic sedan


9. GMC Sierra (253,016, up 8.9%)

2021 GMC Sierra HD pickup


10. Toyota Tacoma (238,806, down 4%)

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Source: Toyota

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