To say that August 2013 was a big month for truck sales would be an understatement, because it almost feels like its 2005 all over again, at least for domestic automakers. Without any further ado, we'll let the numbers speak for themselves.
1. Ford F-Series - 71,115 (+22.2%)
F-Series sales numbers tend to involve crazy numbers and August's are no different. Ford sold 71,115 F-series last month, nearly a quarter more than last August, moving the trucks at a rate of 2295 a day. Ford sold more F-Series trucks in August than it did cars by a margin of 2271 vehicles and was just 950 trucks away from breaking the half-million mark for the year. Not bad for 31 days.
2. Chevrolet Silverado - 43,603 (+13.9%)
While the Silverado's month pales in comparison to the F-Series', the Bowtie truck nevertheless had a strong August, with sales increasing by 13.9% to 43,603 and year-to-date sales up 25.5% to 328,184. Chevy has also increased its share of the full-size truck market by 0.7% so far this year to 25.9%.
3. Ram - 33,009 (+30.9%)
Ram posted the biggest growth of all full-size trucks. Sales increased by almost a full third to 33,009, bringing annual sales to 234,642 -- nearly double those of GMC. Ram has also picked up 0.4% of the market so far this year (bringing it to 18.5%), a figure that could grow further once the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel arrives on dealer lots.
4. GMC Sierra - 18,017 (+24.3%)
Despite less aggressive marketing, Sierra sales jumped also twice as fast as Silverado sales, rising by 24.3% to 18,017. Year to date, 122,232 GMCs have found new homes -- 24% more than last year -- helping GMC increase its market share by 0.1% to 9.6%.
5. Toyota Tacoma - 15,223 (+24.9%)
Despite its increasing years, Toyota's small truck remains quite popular. August sales increased by 24.0% to 15,233 and year-to-date sales are up 21.6% to 110,293. Part of the growth, of course, is due to the exit of three main competitors -- the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon have all departed without a replacement, leaving. Those departures are also why the Tacoma has 70.5% of the small truck market.
6. Toyota Tundra - 11,365 (0.2%)
The phrase of the month for Toyota's full-size truck is "lost market share." August sales were virtually flat, with the 11,365 Tundras sold being an increase of just 18 vehicles over August 2012. Year-to-date, Tundra sales are up 10% to 72,750, but bigger gains by its domestic competition mean its market share has fallen by 0.6% to 5.7%.
7. Nissan Frontier - 6588 (+20.6%)
Like the Tacoma, the Frontier has been the beneficiary of reduced competition. August sales grew by a healthy 20.6% to 6588. However, slower months earlier in the year have negatively impacted the Frontiers overall growth, with its year-to-date sales growing just 2.6% to 41,519.
8. Honda Ridgeline - 1738 (89.1%)
We don't know what it did, but Honda somehow managed to entire almost twice as many people to buy a Ridgeline as last year. Annual sales are up considerably too -- 35.3%, in fact, with 12,403 Ridgelines finding new homes so far. We're still unsure if and when a new Ridgeline will arrive.
9. Nissan Titan - 1261 (-33.9%)
It took Ford a little over half a day to sell as many F-Series as Nissan sold in the entire month and less than a week to get past its annual total of 11,281. The new Titan and its Cummins-sourced diesel V-8 can't arrive soon enough.