2021 was a weird 12 months for auto gross sales, even after 2020. Each had been closely influenced by Covid and the following provide chain mess, and the continuing shortages of chips and different essential supplies and elements will certainly linger into 2022. However the present should go on, and go on it did. Whereas it might not appear to be it on paper, 2021 noticed clients return to showrooms in droves, driving up demand for brand new automobiles. Here is what they took residence most frequently.
10 – Honda Civic
This staple has been a gross sales chief for Honda for many years, inching additional and additional forward of the Accord because the midsize section has contracted. It slipped from eighth place to tenth in 2021, however remained within the high 10 regardless of ongoing elements shortages.
9 – Toyota Highlander
Imagine it or not, three-rows do not usually crack the highest 10. Simply goes to point out how unusual 2021 actually was. The Highlander was in 14th place final 12 months, so it is a huge leap for the household hauler.
8 – Jeep Grand Cherokee
That is one other shock, and a primary for Jeep, if our notes are appropriate. The Grand Cherokee was bolstered by the addition of a brand new three-row mannequin this 12 months (Jeep combines the 2 for its gross sales experiences) however understand that the overwhelming majority of quantity right here was really the outgoing (as in not the brand-new 2022) two-row mannequin. Kudos to Jeep on leaping from fifteenth to eighth.
7 – Nissan Rogue
The brand new Rogue is outselling its predecessor handily — seventh place is a four-spot bump for the little quantity SUV. That is an enormous win for Nissan, which may use just a few of these.
6 – Toyota Camry
From right here on out, the listing will get a bit extra predictable. The Camry slotted in sixth final 12 months too, and it is fascinating how Toyota’s script is flipped from that of Honda, which sees extra quantity from its compact sedan than its midsize. The Corolla household landed in twelfth. Not unhealthy, simply not this good.
5 – Honda CR-V
We mentioned earlier than that Honda’s midsize Accord has fallen a bit from its earlier heights, however the CR-V has risen in proportion to exchange it. Honda struggled with the chip scarcity like all people else within the second half, however early quantity saved its year-end figures wholesome regardless of the manufacturing shortfalls.
4 – Toyota RAV4
In the meantime, Toyota managed to get each its midsize sedan and compact SUV into the highest 10. The RAV4 is completely named for this place, which it additionally held final 12 months.
3 – Chevrolet Silverado
Properly, this one’s a biggie. GM’s mixed gross sales of its Silverado and Sierra pickups technically makes it the most important full-size truck maker by quantity in the US, however because of the separate nameplates, that distinction would not translate to greater placement on this listing. Not solely is the Silverado not in first, nevertheless it really slipped a spot this 12 months to 3rd as a consequence of manufacturing constraints and the continued success of Ram’s new pickup line.
2 – Ram Pickup
Fairly the coup for Stellantis. As we famous above, this was largely as a consequence of GM’s incapability to construct vehicles as a consequence of element shortages, however Ram has been nipping on the Normal’s heels for years, with the 2 nameplates buying and selling locations typically in quarterly gross sales outcomes over the previous few years. This was a reasonably stable thumping although (a distinction of 40,000 models) and to Ram’s credit score, the truck line completed up 1% over final 12 months. Silverado (down 10.8%) and F-Sequence (down 6.8%) cannot say the identical.
1 – Ford F-Sequence
As predictable as at all times. The F-Sequence has been America’s greatest promoting automobile line mainly without end. Ford’s whole full-size quantity has slipped behind GM’s once more in recent times as a consequence of manufacturing points even pre-Covid, nevertheless it stays the king of the hill on the finish of the day (month, quarter or 12 months).