More than half of Mazda's sales were of CX-5sYes, over half of all Mazda sales were of this one model. The company sold 300,325 cars in America last year, and 150,622 of them were CX-5 crossovers, or 50.1 percent. Just for emphasis, that means the other 49.8 percent of Mazda's sales were split among five other models, the Miata, 3, 6, CX-3 and CX-9. Breaking that down further, the second-best seller was the Mazda3 at 64,638, which isn't even half of the CX-5's sales. People are crazy for Mazda's middle crossover.
Volkswagen actually sold more cars than crossoversIt's clear that the crossover is the future king of car sales. For most mainstream brands, it already is. Chevy, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and Nissan all sold more crossovers and SUVs than they did conventional sedans and hatchbacks. There are holdouts, though, and one of them is Volkswagen. At the end of 2018, the company sold 189,343 cars and 164,721 crossovers in the U.S. So that's one win for the classic car set, and it's justification for VW to maintain its car line for the foreseeable future. It's a bit of a hollow victory, though. Look closer and you'll see that car sales were down 28 percent from 2017, when VW sold 262,029 cars. Crossovers, on the other hand, jumped 112 percent from 2017 when 77,647 crossovers moved through U.S. dealers. So expect the tables to turn very soon.
Mustang is still the muscle-car sales king, but Challenger is the only one to improveOnce again, the Ford Mustang topped the muscle-car sales charts, beating out the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro. Ford moved 75,842 of the ponies in 2018, while Dodge sold 66,716 Challengers for second place, and Chevy sold 50,963 Camaros to bring up the rear. Despite coming in second overall, the Dodge Challenger does get to claim that it's the only one of the three to see sales improve year over year, specifically by 3 percent. Mustang sales were down by 7.4 percent, and the Camaro dropped by a whopping 25 percent compared with 2017.
Dodge's best-selling vehicle is the Grand CaravanWe wouldn't blame you if you straight-up forgot the Dodge Grand Caravan was still on sale, especially now that the completely redesigned Chrysler Pacifica is on the market. But Dodge still carries the van, a vehicle that has seen only mild refreshes since its introduction for the 2008 model year. Not only that, but it's a sales smash for Dodge. The brand sold 151,927 of the vans this year, which is more than Challengers and Chargers combined, and it's a sales increase of 21 percent over 2017.
The ancient Nissan Frontier demolished the Titan in salesOn the topic of seriously old vehicles, we come to the Nissan Frontier. Even though it's been around since the 2005 model year, Nissan sold 79,646 of the little pickups. In the small truck market, it's behind the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma, but still not doing so bad for being so old. More impressive is that the Nissan sold nearly 30,000 more Frontiers than its full-size Titan, which was completely redesigned for the 2016 and 2017 model years.
Lexus sold 2 LFA supercarsFinally, we were impressed to see that Lexus is continuing to whittle down its LFA reserve. The brand managed to sell two more of the supercars that went out of production in 2012. By our count, there are still eight LFAs that haven't been sold. You can read the whole explanation of the situation, here.