All sales are final. All numbers have been tallied. The figures you see in the chart below represent the overall sales performances of nearly every automaker that sold cars and trucks in the United States in 2014. As you can see, it was a very good year for the vast majority of car companies, and overall sales pushed up to the 17-million barrier that hadn't been seen since the Great Recession took hold five years ago.

The biggest standout of 2014 was Maserati, which rode a spate of new models and a successful marketing push to top the list with an amazing 171-percent gain in sales over the previous year. With over 12,000 vehicles sold, it's no longer fair to think of Maserati as a small niche player.

Joining the Italian luxury brand as star performers under the FCA umbrella are Jeep (+41 percent) and Ram (+28 percent) in second and third positions, respectively. Rounding out the best of 2014 were Mitsubishi (+25 percent) and Subaru (+21 percent), both of which are hugely impressive performances.

On the negative side, the top-performer of 2013, Jaguar, didn't fare so well in 2014, falling around seven percent year-over-year. Fortunately, Land Rover helped counter that drop with a three-percent gain. Dodge was the lone loser for FCA, and it was joined in the red by Ford, which saw a relatively minor drop that can be attributed in part to the phasing out of the old F-150 in favor of the new model, and Cadillac, which saw sales drop despite offering some genuinely compelling luxury and sport sedans. Volkswagen capped off a year to forget with an overall drop of 10 percent, though it was saved by Volvo for the last spot on our list.

To top it all off, take a look at these best-of-the-best sales stars in various categories, then scroll down below for the complete sales data. As always, you're welcome to check out all the monthly sales data recaps, here.

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