• Jan 6, 2009
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We end 2008 with the hopes that 2009 will be better, and we'd wager the same could be said of nearly every single automotive executive in the world. It was a rough year to be selling anything, and car sales took multiple shots from seemingly every direction - from high gas prices over the summer months to the credit crunch that brought the year to a close. Still, vehicles were sold, numbers were tallied and lists were compiled. Click here to see which vehicles managed to weather the storm better than their peers.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sales numbers success is good, but I would be more interested in what model brought in the most PROFITS. Is there anywhere to find this data compiled??? A list that included profit per vehicle and also total profit (unit profit X unit sales) would suffice. Just a thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      F-150 is not the best seller, F-SERIES is. F-150 is just a part of F-Series.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that's what I was thinking

        are those the Fseries or the F-150 figures??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Technically wouldn't the Silverado be in the top spot, if you take into account the GMC Sierra? They're almost the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sierra and Silverado together have almost always outsold F150.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The cutoff to make the list was 200K units, the Silverado was just 50K behind the F-Series, you have no information to conclude that including the Sierra (actual sales were 169,000) would not push it over the top.

        The real disinformation in these numbers is combining 1/2 ton and 1 ton trucks that share no significant parts.

        It makes all the sense of Toyota listing the Camry and Corolla as the "C-Series" and claiming the top spot based on that.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Well marketing aside, considering R&D/development is very much lumped together with the Silverado/Sierra, I'd still consider the Silverado to be the king. Ah well, either way it's still 2nd.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM sold 168,544 GMC Sierra p/ups in 2008. Combined with the Silverado, that's 633,609 p/ups that would be significantly better than the F-150. However, that's not how GM decides to build and market their vehicles, so the crown deservedly goes to Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Depends! Do you include the Lincoln MKT as an F-150?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Go ahead and include the Mark LT, all 4,631 of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      C'mon, guys, just list the vehicles with links next time. That's a really shady way of getting page views out of your visitors. You guys can do better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think their intention was to reuse content they already had, I wouldn't necessarily consider it shady.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, then you have pictures of 2009 trucks for 2008 sales!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      AB, save the gallery pics. In eight years, this'll be the list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what a boring list
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wes is correct. Farm, fleet and construction sales do make for a good percentage of sales. When was the last time anyone used a Camry to haul cattle or a ton of concrete?
        • 6 Years Ago
        i remember when Ford had 5 of the 10 on the list. They really need to get back to that. I think the new products are really the best they have ever been. Something that hurt them was not updating the Taurus along with their rivals' sedans. The new Taurus that is coming out is perhaps the best car Ford has ever made, but they lost many of their customers and I am sure it will be very hard to win them back simply because people get used to what they drive and tend to stick with it.


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        • 6 Years Ago
        @firstplace
        "mass market. McDonalds sells the most burgers, dosent make ti the best food..."

        Yeah the only difference is a McDonald's burger is 99 cents and the autos on this list are $15,000 - $50,0000.

        The F-150 is #1 because it IS the best truck on the market! I don't even have to debate this! Anyone who's got a brain cell knows this.

        Can I get a McCamry and a Coke? That'll be $25,000 for the car burger and $2.50 for the coke!

        By the way... Nissan just recalled a quarter million vehicles! D'oh!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had a boss who tried to tell us that as designers we had more influence if we were designing Camry's instead of Ferraris... So I quit that job because who cares about influence if you're just another cog in the machine?

        I'd rather design and sell a handful of something special than a ton of something necessary.

        Numbers aren't the only measure of success.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Cfoo

        or it means that America still has a large rural and working class that need trucks. While I'm sure there is alot of excess in there, alot of those trucks are fleet sales, work, and farm trucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        mass market. McDonalds sells the most burgers, dosent make ti the best food...
        • 6 Years Ago
        What? You expected to see Veyrons and GTRs? :rolleyes:
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, but it does make them awfully successful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you expect? if anything the 3 trucks in the top 10 proved to me that 1/3 of the American populations are still brain dead or still need to drive around in a truck to prove they have bigger balls.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • The Chevy Impala sold better than the Chevy Malibu? I didn't see that coming.
      • With the spike in gas prices in 2008, there is only 1 SUV (and a relatively small one) at 10th place, while 3 trucks are in the 1st, 2nd, and 9th place. It seems to indicate truck owners needed their vehicles for work, while SUV owners wanted their vehicles as fashion statements.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think if you read auto mags and blogs like Autoblog you get a somewhat skewed sense of the how popular the Malibu is, since people here love to sing it's praises.
        But I definitely see way more Impalas driving around than the new Malibu's. I've seen only single digit quantities of the Malibu so far which is pretty sad considering how many billboards I see for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        More Impalas for sale on Hertz and Avis lots, I expect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think fleet sales are a big part of it, but the Impala is a pretty decent large and relatively inexpensive car. We had one as a rental last year it made for fairly pleasant highway cruising. I'm sure that appeals to a fair number of older folks who like to buy American.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the most recent data available (through June 2008) the Impala was 49.89% fleet sales. 24.26% rental and 25.63% government or commercial. That same ratio most likely played out for the second half of the year if not higher.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They didn't sell *all* those Impalas as rentals. No doubt the majority were to individuals.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only surpise I saw was the CRV. I did not realize a CUV could sell in that high of numbers.

      One car I cannot understand is the Altima. It's ugly, rides like crap and doesn't have that great of reliability ratings anymore, yet still sells a bunch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CRV is a chick mobile through and through. To be more specific, working single mom. Know one chick that bought hers because she liked the color. The pretty light blue metallic.

        Yes I know there are women who are knowledgeable about things automotive, none of them drive a CRV.

        Remember Toyota's most recent "Sports" car? The Solara. Know any "car guys" that drive one of those?




      • 6 Years Ago
      King of the world? How stupid!
      And what do kings with that shiny truck?
      Hauling frozen pizzas? and bud lights?
      I see, what smart volk!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think that MINI should have at least made the list considering it was at times the only car company pulling in positive sales through out the entire year, at times as high as almost 50% in a month, they posted a 28.6% sales increase over the entier year, the only other company to post an entire year positive was subaru with 0.3%, everyone else lost. i think MINI deserves a little credit... hahah no pun intended, MINI FTW!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is why this isn't the sales year over year list. It is the volume seller's list.

        There were more than twice as many ford trucks sold this year than minis that were made, or Subaru's entire lineup. Probably more Ford trucks sold than Minis and all models of Subaru put together, let alone the other nine vehicles besides the Ford truck that are on this list.

        Sales rate and sales volume are not the same measurement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The F-series volume are for F-150 only. F-250 on up are listed as super duty sales.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can u provide link plz? I'm looking at FoMoCo sales and there's no SuperDuty listed in the list, only 515k for F-Series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I'd like to see this broken out into 3 Top 10 lists for cars, trucks, and SUV/CUV's. It doesn't quite tell the whole story.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And I would like to see another list of sales by platform. How does Camry/Solara do against Malibu/Aura/G6? Corolla/Matrix (uh oh, how do you count the vibe?) vs Cobalt/G5? How many Taurus/Sable sales? How many many Caravans/Town & Country/VW Routan's? (I know this one, @245,000).
        How many Edge/MKwhatever vs Outlook/Traverse/Acadia/Enclave? etc. etc.
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