Toyota outsold Ford in the US again in December, 2006. Ford sold 224,770
vehicles, down 10.7% from the same month last year. But Toyota Sold 228,433
vehicles, up 16.6% from last year. This is the third month that Ford was
outsold by Toyota.
All reports I have read suggest that Toyota will outsell Ford this year in
the US, as well, making Toyota the country's #2 automaker.
And when I finally find that SuperDuty V-10 I've been looking for, this post
will make me do what????
Most of us will buy those items that we want.... and not those items that
"everyone else" is buying...
How does that make them the #2 automaker? They don't make
most of those in the US. I would buy that they are #2 in
but that isn't the same. I suppose if I have to explain it to you
that you still wouldn't understand.
We know you want to believe that but it is not factual, your source is not
quite accurate. Toyota did outsell Ford in July and November of 2006 by
around 10,000, but Ford sold 231,900 vehicles in December and Toyota sold
228,322, according to the US Department of Commerce. For the year 2006 GM
and Ford outsold ALL import brands. GM Ford and Chrysler sold nearly ten
million vehicles and all of the imports combined less than 7 million
Commerce Departments Final sales figures for 2006
GM 4.5 million
Ford 3 million
Toyota 2.5 million
Chrysler 2.4 million
Honda 1.4 million
Nissan 1 million
the remainder sold less than 1 million
I think you should read the actual results rather than reading the
pre-announcement speculation in the press. It is also depends on what you
mean by "Ford" and what you mean by "Toyota". If you mean Ford, Linolcn,
Mercury, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Vovlvo (but not Mazda) versus Toyota,
Scion, and Lexus, then "Toyota" (228,322 vehicles sold in December) did not
out sell "Ford" (233,621 vehicles sold in December). If you strictly mean
the Ford Brand, versus the Toyota Brand, then "Ford" had an even larger lead
(Lexus kills Lincoln + Mercury).
And if you look further you might notice that not everything is wonderful at
BIG T. Toyota recalled a record number of vehicles in 2006 (actually more
than Ford - but you never hear that in the press), The Scion brand is in
free fall, with all model showing drastic sales decereases in December (over
a 20% decrease for the xB), the new Tundra (the we really mean it this
time - "full size Tundra" ) is late, the new Tundra plant cost millions more
than budgeted, and the new new Tundra is already getting panned by truck
lovers (too little too late - a bad copy of the new Silverado is what I am
hearing). And even Avalon sales were down compared to last December. Even
the Ford Fusion is getting better reviews than the all new Camry. Maybe
Toyota will catch GM next year or the year after. BUT, Most of Toyota's new
found sales were Camry's. When all the blue haired old ladies have bought a
new Camry, who will keep the momentum going? Sooner or later people will
tired of the dullest most over hyped car on the planet. OK, second dullest -
nothing can be as dull as a Corolla.
You're correct. Wards Automotive appears to have the numbers wrong. The
number of Fords sold above is the same as the number reported by Ford in
their press release for numbers of vehicles sold.
Thanks for pointing this out.
I have a hard time understanding why Americans are so obsessed with
Toyota. Every Toyota I've every driven, I always felt the car was in
the wrong gear. Sluggish does not even begin to describe the
performance. I thought I was in my college roomate's Buick LeSabre. The
design is not exactly exciting. And as the latest J.D. Powers quality
studies show, the quality gap between American and Japanese cars is
much narrower. I can't stand Scions, I'm not big on the box design
(same goes for the Honda Element).
Lexus is a different story. Even though the Toyota F1 team sucks big
time, you can see and feel some of the F1 technology in the Lexus IS.
At the end of the day, I will probably still buy a BMW, Audi, or
Mercedes before a Lexus. I like the German design better. I've recently
noticed that the Lexus IS uses an extremely large side mirror, almost
stolen from the 4Runner parts bin. Minor detail, but it's all I see now
when I see the IS.
I drive a Ford Fusion and glad I do. It's got AWD, the one gadget the
Camry and Accord lack. But most of all, my car won't get lost in the
crowd. I can blindly throw a rock in a parking lot and probably hit a
Camry or Accord. You should still buy the car that best fits you, but
give American cars a fair shake. I used to dismiss cars from Detroit
too, but they've come a long way. Looking at the stuff on this years
2007 Detroit Auto Show, Detroit has more coming.
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