In the U.S., all major car manufacturers saw an increase in car and truck sales — up 13.7% from 2014. What are Americans buying, and why are car sales so high? Here’s a closer look.
According to manufacturer reports, Americans purchased 20% more pickups and SUVs over any other kind of vehicle. Which trucks were at the top of that list? The Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150 topped the sales charts. The company with the most sales was General Motors with with almost 203,000 sales, which translates into a nearly 19% increase over the company’s sales last year. Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Fiat-Chrysler also saw significant increases in sales.
As far as car brands go, Mitsubishi saw sales increase upwards of 40%, Lexus, GMS, Porsche, and Mini also saw increases. Brands that didn’t fare so well include Buick, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Scion, Bentley, and Volvo. Maserati also saw a massive drop, which doesn’t bode well for the company considering earlier projections. Then again, it’s not everyone that can afford a Maserati, and it’s hard to put those cars in the same category as Ford or GM.
Why Cars and Trucks are Selling
As a general rule of thumb, Americans are heavy car consumers. If you add to that fact the fact that fuel prices have been lower than usual, and the additional fact that many car manufacturers are now creating cars that are A) made in the USA and B) more affordable, you have a high demand for cars and trucks. Seemingly, more trucks sell than cars, but that’s largely due to the space that trucks provide coupled with the workhorse power of a truck like the Ford F-150.
In addition to some of the usual top-sellers, there have been some breakout models this year as well including the Chevy Suburban, VW Golf, Kia Sedona, and the Ford Mustang. Maybe the mini-van is having a comeback with the Sedona, and it’s clear that Ford’s restyling of the Mustang has appealed to many buyers. All in all, it’s been a good year for car manufacturers, and this means good things for the future as well.
Repairing Your New Car
Even if you do buy a new car, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of it properly, so that the trade-in value is as high as it can be. It’s also important to keep a car working as best as it can, including any necessary recall updates or simple maintenance, so that you can keep it as long as possible. Studies have shown that cars in good shape mechanically will last for many years, and this could eventually lead to no car payments (doesn’t that sound good?).
Take your car to a garage you trust. A garage that’s been in business for many years, and has many different happy clients to show for it. A garage like Fort Collins Foreign Car Service — yes, we repair domestic cars too! Whether you have just purchased a new Porsche, or whether you want to make sure that your older car is running smoothly before you hand the keys over to your teen, you can trust us to make the right repairs the first time. We’ll always provide you with the best prices, the right parts, and work that you can trust. Guaranteed.
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Did you buy a car or truck this year? What did you buy?