Americans love themselves some pickup trucks. It's a well-known fact, and it's demonstrated each and every month in the form of the top few nameplates as they appear on sales charts, starting with the Ford F-Series, as it has for, well, decades. More often than not, after that Blue Oval sits the Chevrolet Silverado. But not this month.

Which nameplate is most likely to usurp the Silverado in second place? Smart money might have been the Toyota Camry, with the Ram 1500 as a possible dark horse. But no. It was the Honda Accord, coming in at 51,075 units sold in August of 2014, ahead of the Silverado at 49,201. The Toyota Camry sold well, as it usually does, with 44,043 sedans driven off dealership lots last month. Ram sold 44,735 pickups, for those counting.

Kudos to the Honda Accord, then, for having a stellar month of sales and for singlehandedly boosting Honda's sales to a two-percent gain. It's worth mentioning that the Silverado and Ram were also up by good margins, though the Camry was just a wee bit down.

Looking over our chart, you'll see lots of automakers colored green, which is good, and it also means that the Seasonally Adjusted Sales Rate has climbed yet again to about 17.5 million units, the highest recorded since 2006. It's also worth noting that Toyota stayed in front of Ford in overall sales for the second month in a row.

On the negative side, we see that Land Rover fell back down to earth a bit last month after managing large improvements for the early part of the year – we'll keep an eye on LR's numbers in the coming months. General Motors dropped down a bit, too, though perhaps not nearly as much as some might have expected considering all the negative recall publicity it's endured of late. Other than that, things remains as we've come to expect, with Maserati, Jeep and Subaru serving as standout performers and Mini, Volkswagen, Volvo and Jaguar treading water at the bottom.

As always, we invite you to peruse past sales recaps by checking out our By The Numbers category here.



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      superchan7
      • 5 Months Ago

      lol @ Infiniti.  That's what you get when you try too hard to move upmarket, then change all of your model names.  Nissan is a value brand, and Infiniti is a value luxury brand.  Embrace it, and stop changing your names when the G had already gained great market acceptance.

        threefortyduster
        • 5 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        I agree. The G is a great car and people had come to understand what it was and what it offered.

        I cannot for the life of me keep Infiniti's names correct, and it doesn't help that the former G and M look the same now for all intents and purposes. Who would think a Japanese company could make Lincoln's names not seem terrible?

        mic414
        • 5 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        Yeah, I was going to comment on it too. They royally f*** up the branding, and I'm saying that as a satisfied G37 owner, not a hater. Nowadays when I read about Infinity models, I have no clue whatsoever which car I am reading about, is it new or old and exactly which segment is it?

          Gearhead
          • 5 Months Ago
          @mic414

          Yup, I'm in the same camp. Driving my 3rd Infiniti (FX35) but not likely to own a 4th. The Q50 would be my next move but they totally screwed it up with steer by wire, run flats, bad electronics. The naming change wipes out any equity they had in their lineup.

        futurecars
        • 5 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        The Q50 have 9% increase sale, what infiniti needs are new models, the G rename did nothing to harm them, infiniti cars are outdated especially some of the CUV going 9 years, ,but they will be replace shortly.

        Guy Legend
        • 5 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        Infiniti sales have been up many of the previous months.  Their line up outside the Q50 and QX60 are pretty old - they need updated models.

        The naming scheme is fine, but the way they introduced it is what caused all the confusion.  They should have saved the new model names for redesigns and face lifts.

          Dave
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Guy Legend

          Their naming scheme was a stupid Idea. It has done nothing but confuse consumers. If you want a new naming scheme, roll it out, model by model as you introduce all new ones. There's plenty of confusion even among auto enthusiasts as to which model is which.

      John Culver
      • 5 Months Ago

      How did Jag/LR sell almost 1000 LESS cars yet still see a 17% increase?

      Or is this autoblog math?

        JeremyABG
        • 5 Months Ago
        @John Culver

        You are correct, sir. For some reason, the spreadsheet removed our auto-calculation. This is now fixed, and JLR has been moved and re-colored accordingly. Thanks!

      Pat
      • 5 Months Ago

      Someone below gave the goodcarbar car website ... pretty interesting!

      So, being Canadian, I turned to the Canada numbers that AB never publishes ... then being a numbers guy, I started to compare US vs. Canada!


      YTD, the top 3 stops in Canada are US automakers --Chrysler is in the lead but neck a neck with Ford.

      In the US, only 2 US automakers are in the top 3.

      Interestingly though, car sales from US automakers makes up for 45% of US sales whereas they only make up 33% of Canadian sales.

      Also ... looking at beloved Pickups.

      In the US, Ford is king but followed very closely by GM. 
      In Canada, Ford is king by large margin with GM and Ram being second with less than 1000 setting them apart.

      And interestingly, for GM, in the US, the Chevy model is sold almost 3 times more than the GMC model, but in Canada, the GMC model is ahead.

      Like I said ... I like stats!  Enjoy

        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Pat

        Goodcarbadcar is a great resource. My only complaint is that they don't break sales down by model year, only by month and calendar year.

      express2day
      • 5 Months Ago
      Kind of a weak month for the premium/luxury domestics, especially Cadillac despite its high incentives and advertising expenditures.  Lincoln is still doing decently with its new models as MKZ continues to outsell each of Cadillac's car models YTD and MKC production/availability is still on the rise with sales up 15% over prior month and growing.
      Tom
      • 5 Months Ago

      All I hear Autobloggers say in comments is how ugly the new Cherokee is. But the Cherokee was Jeep's #1 seller, passing the Wrangler, and it's selling as fast as they can build them.

        Winnie Jenkems
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Tom

        People are blind, and buy it anyway.
        Doesn't change the fact that it is a horrendously, offensively ugly vehicle.

          Merc1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems

          In your opinion it is, others don't think so and they're voting with their wallets.


          M

          cpmanx
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Winnie Jenkems

          More specifically: Numerous people here not only proclaimed the new Cherokee ugly, they also confidently predicted that it would flop and would need an immediate redesign. There's a lot of crow to be eaten.

      carboy55
      • 5 Months Ago

      Looks like Chrysler, Subaru, Accord, Cherokee, Nissan, CVTs EVs and Camry all did well in August, despite constant bashing from the "experts" in this forum.

        blaurge
        • 5 Months Ago *Edited*
        @carboy55

        Regarding Nissan, those cars seem to have some of the best looking paint jobs of any car.  There is something about the Nissan paint that makes their cars "pop" and become noticeable.

      threefortyduster
      • 5 Months Ago

      And the Jeep Cherokee sold 18,235 units in August. That gives the "failure" total sales this year of 113,494 units. Sure seems like Chrysler knows something that Autoblog commenters don't.

      How about those station wagon sales? I see Acura managed to move 25 discontinued wagons.

      N.O.
      • 5 Months Ago

      Your numbers are wrong, AGAIN!    

      Land Rover is down 9.09%, Jaguar is down 31.28%.

      But somehow their combined sales percentage is up by 17.06%.

      Seriously?

        N.O.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @N.O.

        Also, Maserati going from 326 to 1,233 cars a month in not a 278.22% increase but a 378,22% increase.

        Your DSR numbers are also wrong...

      billfrombuckhead
      • 5 Months Ago
      JEEP ONLY 1200 CARS BEHIND HYUNDAi!
      yo
      • 5 Months Ago

      see lincoln isnt making it. You cant spin this. That lineup is DEAD

        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yo

        Good to see Lincoln's daily selling rate slowly edging up.


        As the MKC becomes more available at dealers, that will continue to climb


        Fixed it for you ...


        You're welcome

          montoym
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez

          It needs to climb much better than "slowly".


          Also, how much of that is due to the MKC, which is a totally new model?  Of course their sales are bound to climb when they start to offer something that was never offered before.  It says nothing of the rest of their lineup which is still floundering.


          For instance, Lincoln sold 1,760 MKC's in August yet their overall sales dropped by 46 compared to the same month last year.  So, that means that there were large decreases in sales of other models if the addition of 1,760 sales of a completely new vehicle still resulted in a decrease in sales for the month.


          Look at the August sales of their other models and it will start to become more clear.

          MKS - sold nearly half as many models in Aug. '14 as in Aug. '13 (585 vs. 1134)

          MKT  - Sold 57% of the models this month as Aug '13 (313 vs. 551)

          MKX - Keeping up surprisingly well, especially considering it's on such an old platform.  Still sold less than Aug. '13, but not nearly as off as the others (2059 vs. 2180)

          MKZ - Down over 800 sales in Aug. '14 compared to Aug. '13.  What happened to this being the savior for Lincoln that everyone was waiting for? (2841 vs. 3652)

          Navigator - Down also year to year, no surprise there.  Are the redesigns already on sale?  Can't tell by the August sales, that's for sure. (588 vs. 675)

          Every single other model is down year to year, the only reason there wasn't a much larger decrease for Lincoln was because the MKC is all-new.

          It's not good over in Lincoln-land, no matter what anyone associated with the company tells you.

      billfrombuckhead
      • 5 Months Ago
      The bots over at (T)oyota (T)rolls (A)gainst  (C)hrysler are wildly spinning. they can't even acknowledge Mopar won and list Nissan ahead of Chrysler in the sub heading with aHonda as featured car.
      The running dogs bark but the Grand Caravan rolls on. Mopar uber Alles!
        Tariff The Imports
        • 5 Months Ago
        @billfrombuckhead

        What did Fiats Chrysler division win? A third bailout and another foreign take over?

        Spies1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @billfrombuckhead

        Chrysler sold less than 30K vehicles.  Pathetic if you ask me.

      paulr
      • 5 Months Ago

      C'mon VW, I'm rooting for you but global takeover is going to be tough until you roll out more reliable cars for the Americans.

        razorpit
        • 5 Months Ago
        @paulr

        Don't worry I hear they are considering building a 3-row SUV and competitive mid-sized SUV.  (Rolls eyes).

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