Americans can't get enough of their big utes
Everything’s big in America – especially those utes. One of the myths about the collapse of the American auto industry in the global financial crisis is that it was largely brought about by manufacturers sticking to huge gas-guzzling dinosaurs that no one wanted. The sales figures for 2015 should go a long way to dispelling that idea. The top three places are filled by the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge’s Ram 1500-3500. They’re all crew-cab utes (or pick-up trucks) and they’re all big – very big. While manufacturers have come quite some distance in making vehicles more fuel efficient, the big utes are hardly models of fuel efficiency designed to warm the cockles of an environmentalist’s heart.
Fuel economy still matters to most
With petrol prices on the slide fuel economy is clearly no longer uppermost in the minds of some American motorists, though the next seven cars on the top ten list tell an interesting story. They’re all from Japanese manufacturers and they all boast significantly better fuel economy than the giant utes on top of the heap. So for most American motorists fuel economy does matter, even when petrol is cheaper than it’s been in quite some time.
Ford’s F-Series has been the top selling truck in America for an astonishing 39 years and the top selling vehicle overall for 34 years. Over the years Ford has rolled out 35 million of them. In 2015 they were selling on average a truck and a half every minute of the day. Business Insider has done the maths, reckoning all those trucks add up to the weight of 192 Empire State Buildings or 680 Nimitz Class aircraft carriers! Its origins date back to the 1948 F1, a simple easy-to-fix truck that was popular with farmers, construction workers and tradesmen. Over many years they’ve got bigger and bigger and been pressed into service as fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and even snow ploughs, so they’re nothing if not versatile.
America’s top 10 sellers for 2015
Ford F-Series (780,354)
Chevrolet Silverado (600,544)
Dodge Ram (451,116)
Toyota Camry (429,355)
Toyota Corolla/Matrix (363,332)
Honda Accord (355,557)
Honda CR-V (345,647)
Honda Civic (335,384)
Nissan Altima (333,398)
Toyota RAV4 (315,412)
Blog image: 2011.5 Ram 3500 pick up truck. Fully loaded, Author: Dana Cummins, Date: 11 June 2011
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