Thursday, June 4, 2009

May’s Top 10 Best-Selling vehicles - Pickup trucks are #1 and #2?

One of the most talked about subjects in the United States right now is the economy which has hit everyone hard in one way or another and the auto industry is no different. Right now in the United States, American’s are once again starting to see the cost of gasoline come back up and while they are not currently at that famous $4.00 a gallon that we hated to see last summer, gas prices are currently averaging around $2.50 a gallon here in Massachusetts.

So since gas prices do somewhat dictate what vehicles America’s will buy (second of course to budget), what were the best-selling vehicles last month (May)?

Surprise, the top 2 vehicles are pickup trucks, no, the idea that America’s are still buying pickup trucks isn’t as a big surprise as I thought at first glance. A pickup truck is needed for several things including work like construction, so really even if high gasoline prices still come into play, people still have to have them, not to mention to tow a boat or haul items.

At the same time in looking at this list, I was curious to see how the American automakers are doing whether it’s the bankruptcy protected companies of General Motors and Chrysler or the “I’m not taking ballout money” (as of the first week of June) Ford Motor Company and the results are interesting.

You have Ford’s F-150 being number one, the Ford Fusion at #7 and the Ford Escape at #10 which is good to see. I wonder if some people bought the Ford Escape hybrid, I would consider that now. While Chrysler only has the Dodge Ram in 11th, however Chevrolet is doing quite well, for example, my sister and her husband just bought a new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, she loves it. Anyway, the Chevy Silverado is #2, Chevy Impala is #8, while the Malibu and Cobalt are 14th and 15th.

What a top 10 list: 1. Ford F-150, 2. Chevrolet Silverado, 3. Toyota Camry, 4. Toyota Corolla, 5. Honda Accord, 6. Honda Civic, 7. Ford Fusion, 8. Chevrolet Impala, 9. Nissan Altima and 10. Ford Escape.

You know, the surprise shouldn’t be that pickup’s are number 1 and 2, but that there are no real Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep’s on this list nor is the Toyota Prius in the top 20. For the Prius, are gas prices not high enough? Of course I will buy a hybrid vehicle, but not a Toyota Prius, just not my taste. So bottom line, what does this list tell you? If you were buying a new car today, what would you buy? And what will the June, July and August list look like?

(Source: The Car Connection Blog; The Ford F-150 picture was taken by me at the 2008 NEIAS Providence).