Detroit 3 each post gains in pickup sales

Ford’s F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for the 38th straight year, posted sales gains of 17 percent in January, with 54,370 trucks sold last month. This was F-Series’ best January sales volume since 2004 – an all-time annual record sales year for F-Series.

Ford’s all-new F-150 is averaging just 12 days on dealer lots. High-end Platinum and King Ranch F-150 are turning even faster, averaging just 9 and 10 days on dealer lots, respectively.

“Customer demand is strong for our newest vehicles, driving retail sales gains across our lineup in January,” said Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst. “Momentum is especially strong for our F-Series pickup, with the all-new F-150 the hottest product on our dealer lots in January.”

GM’s year-over-year pickup deliveries increased 42 percent, following last month’s 43 percent increase. Large pickup sales were up 22 percent and more than 8,000 all-new mid-size trucks were delivered. GM is the only U.S.-based automaker competing in this segment.

Silverado deliveries increased 25 percent and in just five months, the all-new Colorado has overtaken the Nissan Frontier to become No. 2 in retail market share in the mid-size pickup segment.

GMC had its best retail sales since 2004 with Sierra sales up 14 percent. The Canyon had its best January in 10 years following the launch of the all-new model late last year.

Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 14 percent in January; its 57th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. It was the pickup truck’s best January sales since 1999. Ram Light Duty pickup sales increased 17 percent in January while Ram Heavy Duty pickups were up 1 percent.

Ford’s Transit Connect sales also increased 72 percent last month, for record January sales with 3,689 vehicles. Combined, Ford sales of Transit, E-Series, and Transit Connect totaled 13,377 vans, marking Ford’s best January sales results for vans since 2001.

Ford Transit closed out 2014 by capturing the title of best-selling full-size van for the second month in a row.

Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 21 percent, the brand’s best January sales since 2004. The ProMaster and the Cargo Van each recorded their best ever sales in the month of January. Sales of the ProMaster City, the newest addition to the Ram Truck brand product lineup, began in Ram Truck dealerships in January.

GM’s Commercial deliveries were up 17 percent, for the 15th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase.  Truck, SUV and crossover deliveries all were higher. Sales to government customers were up 27 percent driven by crossover and SUV deliveries, including the new Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle.