Ford F-150
Although the Ford F-150 maintains its primary gross sales place, it was briefly surpassed by the Chevrolet Silverado in March 2022. Ford

One quarter doesn’t make a pattern, nevertheless it’s fascinating to notice what’s within the high 20 best-selling automobile and truck checklist for the primary quarter of 2022 versus what was there a 12 months in the past. Some long-popular fashions have instantly disappeared, whereas some in style EVs and vans have moved up.

The outcomes illustrate the change to electrical automobiles and the stampede into pickups, SUVs and crossovers. The flip aspect is a decline in passenger automobiles, particularly small ones. After all, there have been different elements at work, too, particularly the scarcity of latest automobiles because of the ongoing pc chip scarcity.

New Automotive Demand Continues Unabated

“Each automobile that’s arriving is pre-sold,” when it will get to the dealership as a result of demand is so excessive and provides are so low, stated David Christ, group vp and basic supervisor, Toyota Division, in a cellphone interview.

“Sellers are pressing to get automobiles in clients’ arms, and clients are pressing to get their automobiles as a result of they know different clients are on the lookout for them, too,” he stated.

Christ says Toyota North America completed March with only a 1.9 day provide. That’s an estimate of what number of days the present stock would final at the moment month-to-month promoting fee with out being replenished.

Toyota sometimes runs a lot leaner than the business common, which considers a 60-day provide to be a cushty benchmark. However even for Toyota, “lean” often means 20-some days, not lower than two days.

Important Takeaways from the High 20 Checklist for the First Quarter of 2022:

4 In: Tesla Mannequin Y; Tesla Mannequin 3; Mazda CX-5; Honda CR-V.

That’s two electrical automobiles from the identical model—virtually actually the primary time two EVs have been among the many High 20 Finest Sellers in fashionable instances. Plus, two compact crossover SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V.

4 Out (for now): Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback Wagon.

That’s two small automobiles, the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic, plus one wagon and one crossover from Subaru.

All three manufacturers, Toyota, Honda, and particularly Subaru, are in demand, however sellers are wanting new-vehicle stock due to the pc chip scarcity. That scarcity probably has extra to do with the drop in gross sales for these in style fashions for Q1 slightly than the long-term shift away from sedans, hatchbacks and wagons.

As famous, there are treasured few conventional passenger automobiles among the many High 20 for the primary quarter of 2022, the checklist containing simply three: the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord, and the Tesla Mannequin 3. Vans accounted for 79.1% of gross sales for the entire U.S. auto business in Q1, 2022, up from 77.1% a 12 months earlier, Motor Intelligence stated.

1. Ford F-Sequence, 140,701 bought, down 31.9%

Ford F-150
The Ford F-Sequence remains to be the biggest-selling truck within the U.S. market, a title it’s held for 45 years in a row. However its lead has shrunk over rivals from Chevrolet and Ram Truck, at the very least partially due to provide shortages. Ford

The Ford F-Sequence was nonetheless the biggest-selling mannequin within the first quarter. What’s extra, Ford says F-Sequence stock is on the rebound. Ford stated F-Sequence stock in transit to sellers elevated 66% in March vs. a 12 months in the past and greater than double the entire in February. Nonetheless, in March alone, the Ford F-Sequence was quantity two behind the Chevy Silverado for a change. The Ford F-Sequence additionally barely outsold the Ram pickup for the month.

2. Ram Pickup, 127,116 bought, down 15.7%

2022 Ram 1500
The Ram Pickup retains the No. 2 best-selling title for the primary quarter. Ram

Based mostly on a slight gross sales enhance in 2021, when most different rivals declined, the Ram 1500 pickup overtook the Chevrolet Silverado as No. 2 for the 12 months. The Ram Pickup, the Ford F-Sequence and the Chevy Silverado are all experiencing provide chain issues, particularly the pc chip scarcity.

3. Chevrolet Silverado, 118,796 bought, down 6%

2022 Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup was No. 1 in gross sales in March alone, beating the Ford F-Sequence, however not for your entire quarter, in response to Motor Intelligence. The pc chip scarcity was probably an element. Chevrolet

Normal Motors stated its provides improved for semiconductor chips within the first quarter with out singling out particular person fashions. In flip, that supported a rise in manufacturing. That most likely helped the Chevy Silverado to move the Ford F-Sequence in gross sales for the month of March, however not for your entire quarter. Guardian GM stated the Chevy Silverado 1500, essentially the most generally ordered mannequin, gained market share within the quarter vs. a 12 months in the past.

4. Toyota RAV4, 101,192 bought, down 12.6%

2022 Toyota RAV4 SE Hybrid
Toyota says the Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV is the “best-selling car that’s not a pickup” within the U.S. market. Toyota

The Toyota RAV4 remains to be what Toyota calls the “best-selling car that’s not a pickup,” for the primary quarter. That’s even supposing Toyota RAV4 gross sales fell 12.6% for the quarter vs. a 12 months in the past, in response to Motor Intelligence. The Toyota RAV4 remains to be No. 1 in its class as a result of gross sales for its next-biggest rival, the Honda CR-V, fell much more. As well as, a few different High 20 Finest-Promoting opponents, the Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5, gained floor on the Toyota RAV4.

5. Jeep Grand Cherokee, 75,117 bought, up 34.3%

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best-selling Jeep and among the finest gross sales performers in Q1, up 34.3% vs. a 12 months in the past. For the quarter, the Jeep Grand Cherokee additionally outsold the Ford Explorer. Carly Schaffner

The Jeep Grand Cherokee had file Q1 gross sales, whether or not counted with or with out fleet gross sales, guardian Stellantis stated on April 1. Beginning with the 2022 mannequin 12 months, the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup features a plug-in hybrid model Jeep calls “4xe.” The lineup additionally consists of the three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L, beginning with the 2021 mannequin 12 months.

6. Tesla Mannequin Y, 71,358 bought, up 86.8%

Gross sales of the Tesla Mannequin Y have been up 86.8% in Q1. Tesla

As famous, the Tesla model has two of the High 20 Finest-selling Automotive and Vans for Q1, the Tesla Mannequin Y crossover and the Mannequin 3 sedan, at No. 14.

The Tesla Mannequin Y crossover is the model’s largest vendor within the U.S. market, adopted by the Mannequin 3 passenger automobile, which shares the identical platform (see beneath). Each of these Teslas broke into the High 20 Finest-selling Automotive and Vans for Q1. As a aspect be aware, the Tesla Mannequin Y was within the High 20 Finest-Sellers for all of 2021.

7. Toyota Highlander, 66,026 bought, up 2.1%

2022 Toyota Highlander
Gross sales improved only a bit for the Toyota Highlander in Q1 in contrast with a 12 months in the past, whereas gross sales declined 12 months over 12 months for many of the High 20 Finest-Promoting Fashions. Toyota

Toyota’s gross sales tempo is slowing as its stock shrinks. Gross sales for the Toyota Highlander improved simply 2.1% in Q1 vs. a 12 months in the past. For all of 2021, Toyota Highlander gross sales have been up 24%. On the finish of Q3 in 2021, earlier than the industrywide chip scarcity took maintain at Toyota, Toyota Highlander gross sales had been up 48%.

8. Toyota Camry, 61,505 bought, down 22.3%

2021 toyota camry hero
The Toyota Camry is one in all solely three passenger automobiles among the many High 20 Finest-Promoting Vehicles and Vans. The others are the Honda Accord and the Tesla Mannequin 3. All the pieces else is a pickup, SUV, or crossover. Toyota

Toyota Motor North America rode out the primary a part of the business pc chip scarcity fairly nicely final 12 months, however inventories have run low for Toyota, too, beginning in Q3 final 12 months. “Each automobile that’s arriving is pre-sold,” at dealerships, stated David Christ, Toyota Division group vp and basic supervisor.

9. Honda CR-V, 58,579 bought, down 38.4%

2021 Honda HR-V
Gross sales of the Honda CR-V slowed loads, beginning on the finish of 2021, most likely associated to the pc chip scarcity.  Honda

Honda, like Toyota, began feeling the consequences of the pc chip scarcity later than most rivals, however the impression is clear now. Gross sales of the Honda CR-V fell sharply in Q1, down about 38% vs. a 12 months in the past. A 12 months in the past, the Honda CR-V was No. 5 among the many High 20-Promoting Vehicles and Vans.

10. GMC Sierra, 56,617 bought, down 11.2%

2022 GMC Sierra
Gross sales of the GMC Sierra fell extra steeply in Q1 vs. a 12 months in the past. Gross sales barely declined for all of 2021 vs. 2020, down simply 1.6%. GMC

GMC Sierra gross sales didn’t fall that a lot in Q1, indicating that stock might be enhancing. For comparability, gross sales have been down 38.8% in 2021 This autumn vs. the earlier 12 months, due partially to the pc chip scarcity. GM says the biggest-volume model of the GMC Sierra, the GMC Sierra 1500, gained share within the pickup phase in 2022 Q1, in contrast with a 12 months in the past. 

11. Chevrolet Equinox, 56,036 bought, down 12.5%

2021 Chevrolet Equinox
Gross sales have been down 12 months over 12 months for the Chevy Equinox in 2022 Q1, however nowhere close to as a lot as in 2021 This autumn. With out calling out particular fashions, GM says availability ought to begin to rebound from current lows. Chevrolet

Provides of the Chevy Equinox crossover SUV could have elevated since gross sales have been down simply 12.5% in Q1, 2022, in contrast with Q1, 2021. That’s a lot lower than This autumn, 2021, when Chevrolet Equinox gross sales have been down greater than 80% vs. This autumn, 2020. As well as, the Chevy Equinox obtained a facelift in 2021 for the 2022 mannequin 12 months.

12. Toyota Tacoma, 53,182 bought, down 21%

2022 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota says the Toyota Tacoma is the No. 1-selling midsize pickup within the U.S. marketplace for the 17th 12 months in a row as of 2021. Toyota

The Toyota Tacoma dominates the midsize pickup phase, so it’s price noting that in Q1, for a change, the Toyota Tacoma did not outsell its three largest rivals mixed. These are the Ford Ranger, the Nissan Frontier and the Chevrolet Colorado. Probably the most vital change amongst these three rivals is that in Q1, gross sales of the Nissan Frontier greater than doubled vs. a 12 months in the past. An all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier debuted in September 2021.

13. Mazda CX-5, 50,709 bought, up 22.8%

mazda CX_5
After a profitable 2021, gross sales of the Mazda CX-5 stored proper on rising, putting it within the High 20 for all of final 12 months.  Mazda

The Mazda CX-5 made the High 20 Finest-Promoting  Vehicles and Vans in Q1, 2022. It was not among the many High 20 a 12 months in the past. The Mazda CX-5 made the High 20 for your entire 12 months of 2021, too. It’s the model’s best-seller within the U.S. market. The CX-5 accounted for about 62% of Mazda’s whole U.S. quantity in Q1, up from just below 50% a 12 months in the past.

14. Tesla Mannequin 3, 46,707 bought, up 122.6%

2021 Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Mannequin 3 sedan greater than doubled its gross sales in Q1, propelling it into the High 20 Finest-Promoting Automotive and Vans. Tesla

With the Tesla Mannequin 3 sedan among the many High 20 Finest-Promoting Automotive and Vans, the Tesla model accounts for 2 of the High 20. The opposite is the Tesla Mannequin Y crossover, which shares a platform with the Tesla Mannequin 3 passenger automobile. Motor Intelligence estimates Tesla Mannequin 3 gross sales have been 46,707 for Q1, 2022, a rise of about 123%, vs. a small quantity a 12 months in the past.

15. Jeep Wrangler, 45,551 bought, down 9.5%

Jeep Wrangler 4xe
Gross sales have been down in Q1 for the Jeep Wrangler vs. a 12 months in the past, however not as a lot as in This autumn, indicating that availability could also be considerably improved. Jeep

Jeep says the Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid was the best-selling PHEV within the U.S. market in Q1. The plug-in model accounted for 18% of whole Jeep Wrangler gross sales for the quarter, the corporate stated. The model added the Jeep Wrangler 4xe to the lineup in 2021. Guardian firm Stellantis says Jeep is its lead model within the shift to electrical automobiles and vans.

16. Nissan Rogue, 45,235 bought, down 48.5%

2022 Nissan Rogue new powertrain
The Nissan Rogue crossover SUV dropped ten locations within the High 20 Finest-Promoting Vehicles and Vans from a 12 months in the past to No. 16. The pc chip scarcity most likely performed a task. It was additionally a troublesome year-ago comparability.  Nissan

The Nissan Rogue has been a giant vendor because it obtained an all-new redesign in 2020 for the 2021 mannequin 12 months. Nissan Rogue gross sales have been up greater than 40% final 12 months via the primary three quarters of 2021 till the chip scarcity took maintain. So, regardless of demand showing to be sturdy, evaluating low availability this 12 months vs. sturdy gross sales a 12 months in the past, the Q1 Nissan Rogue gross sales quantity is down by almost 50%.

17. Ford Explorer, 42,736 bought, down 35.4%

2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid
Ford Explorer gross sales slowed approach down in Q1 vs. a 12 months in the past, a pattern that began within the second half of 2021, most likely attributable to provide issues. Ford

Ford Explorer gross sales have been down greater than 35% in Q1, 2022 vs. a 12 months in the past. Beforehand, the Ford Explorer outsold the Jeep Grand Cherokee, however not in Q1, 2022, or for all of 2021, for that matter. In keeping with Ford, the flip fee—a measure of how briskly automobiles and vans promote—is excessive for the Ford Explorer, so the gross sales slowdown just isn’t for lack of demand.

18. Honda HR-V, 42,168 bought, up 59%

2021 Honda HR-V
The little Honda HR-V crossover is Honda’s entry-level mannequin for the U.S. market. Its gross sales have been approach up in Q1. Honda

Honda says gross sales of the Honda HR-V crossover hit a month-to-month file in March, making it 14 straight month-to-month gross sales data. That put the Honda HR-V among the many High 20 Greatest-Promoting Vehicles and Vans for Q1, 2022. It was not ranked a 12 months in the past. Honda has an all-new 2023 Honda HR-V ready, so it’s most likely a superb time to get a deal on the outdated one.

19. Honda Accord, 42,039 bought, down 11%

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord Hybrid accounts for a better share of Honda Accord gross sales total, the corporate says. Gross sales of the Honda Accord have been down 11% in Q1, 2022 vs. a 12 months in the past.  Honda

American Honda Motor Co. says greater gasoline costs and improved availability boosted the sale of electrified automobiles in March. This class consists of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric automobiles. In that blend, the Honda Accord Hybrid had file gross sales of almost 5,000 in March, accounting for about 28% of Honda Accord gross sales total, the corporate stated.

20. Ford Escape, 39,962 bought, down 3.8%

2022 Ford Escape PHEV
Gross sales of the Ford Escape have been down simply 3.8% in Q1 vs. a 12 months in the past. That’s not dangerous, contemplating gross sales for your entire U.S. market have been down 16.8% in Q1. .Jil McIntosh

The Ford Escape turns into Ford’s entry-level crossover SUV as soon as Ford drops the smaller EcoSport. The EcoSport is predicted to exit of manufacturing in mid-2022. The 2022 Ford Escape has sportier styling than earlier product generations. The present decrease, longer exterior look was first launched for the 2020 mannequin 12 months.

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