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.
- Best-Selling Brand: Ford (2,376,841, -1.47 percent)
- Best-Selling Luxury Brand: BMW (339,738, +9.85 percent)
- Best-Selling Vehicle: Ford F-Series ( , -1.3 percent)
- Best-Selling Car: Toyota Camry ( , +4.9 percent)
- Best-Selling CUV: Honda CR-V (335,019, +10.3 percent)
- Best-Selling Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country (138,040, +12.9 percent)
- Battle of the Pony Cars: Chevrolet Camaro (86,297, +7.1 percent) beat Ford Mustang (82,635, +7.1 percent) and Dodge Challenger (51,611, +0.3 percent)
- Battle of the Pickups: Ford F-Series ( , -1.3 percent) beat Chevrolet Silverado (529,755, +10.3 percent) and Ram (439,789, +23.6 percent)
- Top Five Midsize Sedans: Toyota Camry ( ), Honda Accord (388,374), Nissan Altima (335,644), Ford Fusion (306,860), Hyundai Sonata (216,936)
- Top Five Minivans: Chrysler Town & Country (138,040), Dodge Caravan (134,152), Toyota Sienna (124,502), Honda Odyssey (122,738), Kia Sedona (14,567) beat Nissan Quest (9,833)