We're only a month into the 2013 calendar year, but with January's strong sales continuing the momentum from 2012, some are already predicting that this year will be the best sales year since start of the recession. According to Automotive News, the two main vehicle segments expected to drive sales in 2013 are full-size pickup trucks and family sedans.

January saw monthly sales top one million units for the first time since 2008, and these figures have led analysts to peg their annual sales projections between 15 million and 15.5 million total units in the US, fed by increased sedan and truck sales to the tune of 19 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

These projections are undoubtedly bolstered by a batch of important new midsize cars hitting the market like the redesigned Fusion, Altima and Accord and new trucks like the refreshed Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, but there will also be plenty of new offerings in both segments this year, including the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, the updated 2014 Toyota Tundra and smaller-volume cars like the 2014 Mazda6.


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      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gas really IS a lot cheaper in the US, compared to most other countries, although in the past month or so, prices have gone up about 40-70 cents/gallon. If I were king, I'd encourage frugality by slapping on a one dollar/gallon gas tax IMMEDIATELY, and devote ALL proceeds to American infrastructure repair. The country's gone to hell, as far as roads go. In the end, higher gas prices will reduce sales of Giant American-Ass Size Trucks.
        Dick Long
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        SO Giant Ass Trucks bother you but get the same gas mileage as those Humongous Horsepower Cars with only two seats. Your idea might constrict the very cars this blog is about. Not to mention what it would do to the working class and poor. Would hurt them more then any.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        That may work at first, but I doubt it would lead to the results you'd like to see. Eventually, people will get used to paying that extra dollar for a gallon of gas, and go back to driving what they want. Gas has gone up by a lot more than just a dollar over the last decade, and yet, vehicles in every segment have grown larger since then, including those "giant trucks". With that said, I am not sure that it is the price of gas that encourages frugality as much as it is fear and uncertainty. People flocked towards smaller vehicles in 2008 and 2009, when the economy was on the downswing and when no one was sure how high the price of gas was going to go.
      Rob J
      • 1 Year Ago
      What did people learn from the financial crisis? Probably nothing.
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob J
        That small cars don't meet every need?
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          Rob J I think it's pretty safe to say that everyone in the auto industry would disagree with you. Given the number of Toyota Camrys, Priuses, Honda Accords, Civics, Hyundai Sonatas, Ford Fusions, and Focuses, etc., even I know your statement couldn't be further from the truth. The midsize and compact sedan markets are arguably the most competitive ones out there. With that said, the Ford F-150s sales success can be a bit deceiving. Compare the number of direct competitors the F-150 has with the number Ford Fusion has.
          Rob J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          Yes. Because you either buy a Smart or an F-150.
          Worx2749
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Walt
          Agreed, they do not. But what about lighter trucks with small turbodiesels? You got your towing and some economy.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford doesn't need to make pitiful commercials to succeed. I bet they will still come out on top.
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, these things are huge. Gasoline must still be cheap in the US.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BG
        I think it's more a matter of people simply adapting to 3 to 4 dollar a gallon gas. Since 2008, gas prices have stabilized, and when that happens, people tend to let down their guard. When it comes to the types of vehicles people choose, the price of gas is just one of many determining factors. I'm willing to bet that if countries such as England and Japan had our land mass that there would be a few more large vehicles on their roads, despite gas prices and taxes.
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BG
        Yes they are too big. My 2001 Half ton looks like a midsized truck parked next to the new ones. My next truck will be midsized if someone deciedes to build a good one with gas mileage. I rooting for GM`s new midsized trucks to be good. Wish Ford and Chrysler would get back to building smaller trucks.
          Jason Golden
          • 1 Year Ago
          @whofan
          The 2001 era Ford F-150 SuperCrew seemed to be the "just right" size. A reasonable step-in height, good visibility, no over-the-top hood bulges to impair hand-washing, and these old trucks still (barely) fit into the garages of newer suburban homes. Today, the bigger-taller-meaner-longer game gives us gorgeous trucks...which are too damn big.
          whofan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @whofan
          I have a Silverado but yes the older Fords are also nice. I like Dodge as well and I do think they are to blame for the big design trend. The 1994 Dodge with it`s big rig style.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BG
        Fuel economy keeps going up in trucks. To the point they are now better than a lot of cars I've had over the years. If I could afford to drive a WS6 Trans Am in 2005, I can afford to drive a Ram truck today. Same mpg.
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BG
        Comparatively speaking, yes it is.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news, gas prices have increased .18 in the past week and is forecasted to increase next week as well. Suddenly this sudden nullifies this story.
      yoonwolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to find powerful a SUV. I also want to more efficient a car.
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