With apologies for the Zoolander reference, trucks and crossover are so hot right now. We've been saying it for the last several months, and it remains truer now than ever before. Cheap gas, attractive financing options and generally good consumer confidence levels are conspiring to keep the metal moving. Overall new car sales were up 6.8 percent last month when compared to February of last year.

Looking past the Maserati-shaped sales blip in first place on our chart, Volvo and Land Rover both saw big gains from their recently refreshed lineup of crossovers and SUVs. Lincoln, in fourth position on our chart, watched as sales of the MKX more than doubled last month. And the fifth and sixth spots are held by Ram and Jeep, which, obviously, are FCA's trucky brands. America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series pickup truck, surged 10 percent last month, leading Ford Motor Company to an impressive 20-percent gain in overall vehicle sales.

On the not-so-good side of the coin, sales of Chrysler-branded cars dropped more than 26 percent, although that poor performance was offset by trucks and crossovers at FCA's other brands. General Motors reported a small decline in sales, but claims that was a calculated move to reduce fleet sales. Volkswagen was over seven-percent in the red, due in part to its ongoing diesel emissions scandal. No surprise there. BMW's 12-percent drop is said to be a result of a 19-percent drop in car sales (crossover sales were up 7 percent for BMW), and the Mini brand tumbled 24-percent.

A few more noteworthy data points:
  • Fiat Chrysler's 182,879 sales mean February was the 70th consecutive month of increases for the automaker.
  • Subaru managed its 51st consecutive month of increased sales, but just barely.
  • There were 24 selling days in February of 2016, the same as there were in 2015.
  • GM pegs the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate at 17.7 million. Wards puts the figure at 17.48 million.
As always, you're encouraged to peruse our past By The Numbers posts for all the sales data from previous months and years.



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