U.S. Consumers Bought More Vehicles Than Ever in 2016 [TABLE]

U.S. consumers bought more than 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2016, setting a new record. But most industry analysts say sales have peaked, and could drop a bit in 2017. General Motors says its total U.S. sales fell 1.3 percent last year, while Ford and Fiat Chrysler reported little change in their sales for the year. Honda and Nissan sold more cars and light trucks in 2016, while Toyota sales declined two percentAutotrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller buyers still prefer larger vehicles to small cars. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation.

RelatedAuto Sales for 2016 Hit Record High

Table of 2016 U.S. Auto Sales

Automaker Dec. ‘16 (% change from ‘15) Total ‘16 (% change from ‘15)
General Motors 319,108 (+10%) 3,042,775 (-1.3%)
Ford* 237,785 (+0.1%) 2,599,211 (-0.1%)
Toyota 243,229 (+2%) 2,449,630 (-2%)
Fiat Chrysler 192,519 (-10%) 2,244,315 (-0.4%)
Honda 160,477 (+6.4%) 1,637,942 (+3.2%)
Nissan 152,743 (+9.7%) 1,564,423 (+5.4%)

*Ford sales do not include heavy trucks

Source: Automakers’ December 2016 statements


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