The United States auto industry released its sales figures for the month of August, which to many is the start of the end of the year.
AutoTalk reported that as 2011 begins to be wrapped up, it would appear that more and more Americans are purchasing SUVs and pick-ups. Up 40.7% from last year’s August were total SUV sales at 110,786. Pick-up trucks, up 12.9% from 2010, dominated the segment sales with a total of 563,175 units sold, beating the SUV, crossover and car. Of all the segments, only one was down from August 2010: the large car.
Continuing on its winning streak is the Ford F Series truck, which earned best-selling overall vehicle as 48,795 F Series were sold in August, up 2.4% from last year. The other all-American pick-up, the Chevrolet Silverado, took second position selling 36,832 units.
While GM may have increased its total share in August, it’s decided to trim production of pick-up trucks going forward. Last week, GM announced it over-estimated demand for trucks, as continuing weakness in housing and construction has crimped the need for new trucks.