It’s a known fact that January, the first month of the year, is traditionally a slow seller: folks tend to save money, not spend it. However, surprisingly enough, when it comes to February, world-wide car sales go high – like really high. And in 2016 the dealerships managed to move record-breaking units (probably thanks to the extra 29th day). That’s right, this February people bought enough cars to set a profit record for the last 15 years. Not bad, huh? Ford, America’s greatest manufacturer when it comes to everlasting trucks, had monumental numbers coming in, as did Toyota, Honda and Chevy. So, in this article we’ll talk about the best-selling cars in February, with exact numbers, percentage gains and some predictions for the future. With winter doing pretty good in terms of sales the pros are predicting 2016 to be a major profit gainer for the giants in the industry. Last year was decent, but this one is having a great start thus far and the financial departments are hoping that sales will only grow.
Good Sells In The Last Month Of Winter
Overall, the second month of 2016 was kind to pretty much all the major car-makers in the industry and helped some companies believe in a happy future again. However, some experts claim that this February wasn’t really much of a champ – it only looks impressive as compared to the last year’s result. Well, you can argue for as long as you want, but numbers don’t lie. Never. So, I gotta say that Ford’s F-Series pick-up trucks made an almost 10 percent gain, while RAM skyrocketed 23% and RAV4 from Toyota added up 16.3%. Still, even among the very best there are always those who perform just a little bit better. Thus, without further ado, let me present to you the best-selling cars in February. If you, by chance, went shopping last month for a new (or pre-owned) vehicle, I’m sure you’ll be more than interested to see whether it made the list or not. Well, embrace yourselves, people: we’re about to zing through February and see who did well and who did even better. Ready, go!
#1 – The Ford Fusion
We’ve got brand-new models entering 2016 with strong features (not to mention all kinds of up-to-date tech), but the good-old Ford Fusion managed to maintain solid numbers as we moved into spring time. This car is one of the best work horses in the industry, with superb reliability, durability and safety ratings, which makes it a mighty contender in the segment of affordable mid-size sedans. So, the Blue Oval Brand managed to sell 25.4K units in February, and that’s an 11.9 percent boost as compared to the last year’s result. Overall, we’ve got a 6.8% gain for 2016 and 45.3K units sold in the first two months. Aha, Ford is all about selling big in 2016, and, with a super-strong line-up for 2017 (they’ve got the awesome GT making a comeback, the brand-new Raptor, the Bronco, etc), I believe they’ll rule next year as well.
#2 – The Toyota RAV4
The Japanese giant, Toyota, is next in the list of the best-selling cars in February with the mighty-popular RAV4, which went through some significant changes for the 2016 model year and even introduced the first-ever hybrid edition (and it’s pretty great, I have to say). That’s probably why sales in February were good with a strong 16.3 percent gain over Feb 2015 (25.5K models sold). As for the overall year-round sales, we’ve got the sleek crossover SUV going 12.7% up with 47K units sold in the 2 months. The RAV4 is in a good spot right now, because the brand-new hybrid is believed to be the major profiteer this year, as it comes with an affordable price-tag and still performs oustandingly. What do you think? Will Toyota dominate the SUV market this year?
The Best-Selling Cars In February – #3-4, Honda Accord And Civic
Honda never seems to disappoint with sales when it comes to the world-famous Accord, which is considered to be the second-best affordable mid-size sedan right after Toyota’s best-selling Camry. With an almost 20% gain in sales compared to last year, this February Honda moved 25.7K units, just a smidge more than Ford with their Fusion (the difference is 300 models). In terms of overall sales for 2016, the sharp mid-sizer is also on the rise and is 9.2 percent up with 46.5K units sold. And the Accord is followed by a friendly – the Civic. I guess you already know about the legend’s astonishing comeback with the 10th generation that transformed the somewhat boring ride into something sleek and sexy. As a result, we’ve got a 31.7 percent gain in sales this February vs February 2015, moving 27.7K Civics (that’s more units than the “big brother” managed to sell). If you go ahead and add up the January numbers you’ll get an impressive result of 54.4K Honda Civics sold in 2016.
#5 – Toyota Corolla
Alright, Toyota has Honda surrounded from both sides – left and right. With the RAV4 finding 25.5K new owners, Corolla is even higher up the list with 29.3K units sold in February alone, and that’s a modest boost of 5.4% as compared to the last year’s result. In 2016 Toyota managed to sell 51.7K compact sedans (I’m talking about the Corolla only), and that’s – surprise, surprise – a 6.3% worse result compared to 2015. Aha, the Corolla is growing older each day, and if the team behind it fails to deliver something really fresh and exciting for 2017, I’m afraid the model will just have to fall behind the pack and get picked only by the most loyal fans. True, right now it’s feeling quite alright in the list of the best-selling cars in February, but that will change soon, unless Toyota impresses us all with a completely redesigned edition (they can get inspiration from the Civic).
#6 – Toyota Camry
Hey, come on, Toyota IS the biggest and the wealthiest automobile manufacturer in the world, you know? Besides, the Camry is the best-selling sedan in America, has been for more than a decade. So, this February the legendary mid-sizer managed to sell 32.4K units (that’s 1.6 percent up). In total, combined with the January numbers, the Japanese company moved 59.2K Camrys since January first, and that’s pretty much a draw as compared to the 2015 result. As you can see, in 2016 Toyota is still leading the market of low-budget mid-size sedans, and while the Accord and the Fusion (the two major rivals) did almost equally good, you can’t really compare 25.4 to 32.4. I’m not actually sure what the brand’s plans are with the Camry for 2017, but even if they stick with the same features they’ll still dominate.
The Best-Selling Cars In February – #7 – RAM
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, we’re finally down to the good stuff. And, much like last month, in February RAM also managed to sneak into the list of top-3 best-sellers. The Fiat-Chrysler handsome truck is actually quite used to taking the bronze medal, and, with 38.5K units sold, they’re still showing an impressive boost compared to the numbers 12 months ago (+23.2% this year). As for the year-long (or, rather, year-to-date) result, RAM moved 68.5K units since that clocked struck 0:00 and January 1 jump-started 2016. RAM – number 3 in the list of the best-selling cars in February. So, who is the silver surfer? I bet you already know!
#8 – Chevy Silverado
Yep, February follows January’s footsteps (don’t forget, it’s still winter outside) and places the Silverado at the number 2 spot in monthly sales. And, despite the fact that 43.1K units sold is a 5% drop, I still believe this is one hell of a result! Judging by January-February numbers – 80.999 Silverados moved with a drop of 0.6 percent – I’d say Chevrolet has a strong grip over the market of trucks and is only second to Ford. Aha, the biggest of the 3 Detroit Giants is dominating the list of best-sellers for the second month in a row. You wanna know how many F-Series pick-up trucks were purchased this February? Read on and you’ll find out!
#9 – Ford F-Series
Yes, this was expected – Ford is still on top of the food-chain. They are definitely starting 2016 off right, selling 60.7 brand-new F-Series pick-up trucks this February, with a total year-long result of 112.2 units. Both monthly and year-to-date numbers are high (+9.9% and +2.4%) and this impressive start is only the beginning: with Ford rolling out the new Super Duty and Raptor this year (both of which are members of the F-Series family), the numbers are only expected to go up.
And that concludes the list of the best-selling cars in February. I hope you found something useful in this article and will make a wiser decision on your next trip to the local dealership. Use the numbers as guidance, but always listen to your heart and pick only the sedan/SUV/truck that’s good for you. Not the company, not the dealer – you.
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