A strange year for US auto sales


It has been a difficult year for many people, including some of the major dealers and their front office staff. Sure, more than one banked on outrageous markups on the vehicles they had on the ground, but overall the overall sales numbers were all over the place for the majority of brands.

We analyzed some of the stats and uncovered a few notable gems, including how Dodge managed to sell more darts in 2021 than in 2020 – despite ceasing production in September 2016.

It’s unclear whether these Darts are zombified units that lurked around U.S. dealerships seeking revenge for their failed 2012 launch, or if they were buried behind the wash bay and unearthed only after an intensive series of renovations. buildings. But here they are, with 10 new Dodge Darts registered as sold in 2021 (7 were sold in 2020). A true statistician would notice breathlessly that this is a 43% increase in Dart sales, proving that there are only three lies in this world: Lies, Bloody Lies and Stats. .

Another oddity? Jeep claims to have sold 16 Patriots (a 433% increase from 2020 for all stats fans), a vehicle scrapped in December 2016 with remaining inventory renamed ’17s. The same goes for the 15 Chrysler 200s that apparently found homes. It could be new Stellantis owners taking this opportunity to clean up the books, placing items in the column to which they belong, or it is possible that one or two of these devices have been put into use in a certain dealer capacity but not officially. registered or having received an activation date to date. No matter. It’s still an interesting read.

Clear-headed people have noted that the Challenger (54,314) has sold more than the Mustang (52,414) in the past twelve months, proving that just because something is old doesn’t mean you need it. throw it. The large number of Special Editions released on the Challenger by Dodge surely helps, as do various psychotic amounts of power. If you’re wondering, Ford claims to have sold a total of 27,140 Mustang Mach-E vehicles, which means it has found more homes than any of the individual Lincoln models (Nautilus / MKX won this award with 24,443 sales).

Another interesting statistic is the combined horsepower of Hyundai and Kia which generated more sales than Honda. Given that these two brands (plus Genesis) are technically all under the same corporate umbrella, it is not wrong to say that Hyundai Motor Co. exceeded Honda Motor Co. sales in the US market in the year. last. Hyundai, Kia and Genesis would have represented a total of 1,489,118 sales (738,081, 49,621 and 701,416) against 1,466,630 for Honda and Acura (the sum of 1,309,222 and 157,408).

Toyota and Lexus have combined to topple GM from its first rank (2,332,261 to 2,202,598), a development we have already covered. We try to imagine what would have happened to a person who predicted such an event if they had done so while standing in Gilley’s or any roadside bar in America in the 1980s. How the times are changing.

[Image: FCA/Stellantis]

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