GM wins this year's truck sales crown.
Now that 2020 is in the books, automakers have begun publishing their end-of-year sales results. As expected, trucks continue to lead all other vehicle categories in sales.
While the 2021 Ford F-150 only began arriving in dealerships at the end of the year, Ford still retains the truck sales crown for 2020 with its F-Series lineup. Ford sold 787,422 units of its F-Series trucks in 2020, a 12.2% decrease compared to 2019.
That was still enough to hold off this year's distant second-place seller, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, with 594,094 units sold. Chevy just edged out the 2021 Ram 1500 and Ram Heavy Duty lineup, which posted 563,676 units sold, reclaiming the spot it lost back in 2019.
However, saying Ford came first, Chevy second, and Ram third, doesn't tell the whole story.
General Motors sells trucks under two brands, and counting the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and HD models in this year's tally, GM actually outsold Ford. The Sierra lineup totaled 253,016 units sold, an increase of 8.9%, making it the model's best sales year ever. The Silverado also posted a 3.2% gain in 2020, making GM the only company to see a truck sales hike.
Combining Silverado and Sierra sales, GM moved 847,110 units in 2020.
"GM outperformed the industry in the quarter and the full year by a significant margin because our manufacturing and supply chain teams and dealers helped keep people safe at work and our launches on track," said Steve Carlisle, GM executive vice president and president, GM North America. "Extraordinary teamwork has set up everyone to succeed in 2021 as the economy continues to recover and we further ramp up truck and SUV production."
The Sierra ended up as the fourth-best-selling truck in America for 2020, beating out the mid-size Toyota Tacoma, with 238,806 units sold. Only counting full-size trucks, the Toyota Tundra was a distant runner up with 109,203 units sold while the Nissan Titan trailed with only 26,439 units sold.
Truck sales may have been down across the board in 2020, but they will likely bounce back in 2021. Ford may have technically lost its sales crown, but with crazy demand for the new F-150, it looks poised to outsell GM this year.