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Mid-Year Auto Sales Roundup: Ford, GM, FCA Post Modest Gains

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/1/2015 Kelly Pleskot

During the first half of the year, American automakers recorded small gains in overall sales. Ford Motor Company advanced just 2 percent in sales for the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2014, reaching 1.29 million units. Although General Motors saw its overall sales drop last month, numbers remain up 3.4 percent for the entire year with 1.51 million vehicles sold. FiatChrysler Automobiles reported a 6-percent increase for 1.08 million in sales so far this year.

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Unsurprisingly, the Ford F-Series remains the top-selling nameplate in the U.S.. But sales were down 8.9 percent last month and 2.4 percent for the year for that truck. Overall, Ford is benefiting from strong sales of its vans, heavy trucks, and crossover SUVs. And while Fiesta sales jumped last month, Ford has seen its sales drop this year on passenger cars like the C-Max, Fusion, and Focus.

GM is singing the same song, as numbers for the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Silverado/ GMC Sierra, and Chevrolet Equinox/Traverse remain strong while Chevrolet Cruze, Impala, and Malibu sales are down along with Cadillac ATS and CTS sales. Total Chevrolet sales are up 2.5 percent this year, but down 3.9 percent in June. Buick and Cadillac are also suffering losses, while GMC sales are up 13.9 percent for the year.

Over at Fiat Chrysler, things are looking up for the Jeep brand, up 21 percent so far this year and 25 percent in June. The Chrysler brand saw the same percentage gain, and Ram was also up by 8 percent. Dodge and Fiat, however, have suffered 16- and 13-percent losses respectively for the year so far.

That's not all! Check out our roundup of the best- and worst-selling models from each of the three Detroit automakers below:

Ford

Winner: Ford Mustang (up 53.6 percent in June and up 54.4 percent for the year)

2016 Ford Mustang GT Black Package Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Mustang GT Black Package Front Three Quarter There are more options than ever for buyers looking to get their hands on a Mustang. Since the model was completely redesigned with new engines, a new look, and an improved interior, we aren't surprised the Mustang is performing well at dealerships. This year, Ford has moved 68,290 of them, up significantly from the 44,231 Mustangs sold during the first half of last year.

Winner: Lincoln Navigator (up 38.6 percent in June and 59.8 percent for the year)

2015 Lincoln Navigator© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Lincoln Navigator If the Navigator is any indication, big, body-on-frame SUVs are still hot. There's a lot to like about the redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator, especially its low price compared to other large luxury SUVs. Lincoln has sold 5,839 copies so far this year, making it a success for Lincoln. But the Navigator can't lay claim to the top-selling model in the Lincoln lineup by any means. The MKZ earns that prize, and although sales for the model are down almost 20 percent this year, the Fusion-based sedan has reached 15,260 sales.

Winner: Ford Explorer (up 30.2 percent in June and up 15.3 percent for the year)

2016 Ford Explorer Limited Front Three Quarter In Motion 06© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer Limited Front Three Quarter In Motion 06 It just goes to show you that a model refresh, even if a mild one, can make a difference in sales. Along with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is also used in the 2015 Mustang, the 2016 Explorer boasts new safety and convenience technologies. Ford has sold 109,504 copies so far this year, and 20,377 of those sales occurred in June. Sales for its smaller counterpart, the Edge, were also up by 29.8 percent last month.

Loser: Ford Flex (down 33.3 percent for June and 18.4 percent for the year)

2015 Ford Flex© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Flex We have an abundance of affection for this "anti-minivan" crossover, but unfortunately, sales have been slow lately. Fortunately, it's never been a huge volume seller for Ford, as last year only 12,989 copies were sold through June. So far this year, though, those sales have dropped to 10,595.

Loser: Ford Taurus (down 20 percent in June and 32.5 percent for the year)

2014 ford taurus© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 ford taurus Ford brought out an exciting new Taurus earlier this year, but unfortunately that model was designed specifically for the Chinese market. Hopefully, something similar will eventually make its way to the U.S. But for now, we face the reality that the Taurus is a little worn around the edges and that full-size sedans haven't thrived here as well as they have in China. Last month, only 4,493 copies were sold, and only 20,036 have been moved off dealer lots so far this year.

Loser: Lincoln MKT ( down 26.1 percent in June and 23.4 percent for the year)

2014 Lincoln MKT© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Lincoln MKT Lincoln isn't selling very many copies of its awkwardly shaped, vaguely wagon-like crossover. Only 2,103 examples have been sold so far this year, and just 376 last month.

General Motors

Winner: Buick Encore (up 33.4 percent in June and 29.1 percent for the year)

© Provided by MotorTrend Long live the cute-ute. The Encore, which provides a generous amount of space for its segment, has been a hit with consumers so far this year. Exactly 30,549 models have been sold, up from 23,657 a year ago. It is now Buick's best-selling model, ahead of the larger Enclave and way ahead of the Verano, Regal, and LaCrosse sedans.

Winner: Cadillac SRX (up 23.5 percent in June and 4.7 percent for the year); Escalade (down 20.2 percent for the year and up 48.6 percent for the year)

2015 Cadillac SRX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac SRX While Cadillac's passenger car sales suffer, its crossover and SUV lineup remains strong. More than 30,200 SRX crossovers were sold so far this year, making it the brand's top-selling model. Though much fewer Escalades were sold, its sales increased by almost 50 percent compared to the same time period a year ago, likely thanks to the updates made to the full-size SUV. The SRX will be replaced by the XT5, which we'll see later this year.

Winner: Chevrolet Equinox (up 0.1 percent in June and 20.6 percent for the year)

2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ The Equinox hasn't been overhauled for quite some time, but sales for the crossover are still moving along. The model sold 145,685 copies so far this year, up from 120,831 during the first six months of last year. It is one of the top sellers in the Chevrolet brand, eclipsed only by the Silverado pickup truck.

Loser: Chevrolet Impala (down 41.5 percent in June and 26 percent for the year)

2014 Chevrolet Impala© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Impala The redesigned Impala represents a vast improvement over the last model, but as we've seen with the Ford Taurus, U.S. customers don't seem to be that keen on full-size sedans. Chevrolet managed to move 58,071 copies of the Impala, down from 78,499 during the first half of last year.

Loser: Buick Verano (down 41.8 percent in June and 20.3 percent for the year)

2016 Buick Verano Turbo Front Three Quarter In Motion 02© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Buick Verano Turbo Front Three Quarter In Motion 02 The Buick Verano comes in the middle of the pack in terms of sales for the brand. Buick has sold 17,598 copies so far this year, and 2,319 in June. But surprisingly, the Verano is getting creamed by even the full-size Buick LaCrosse when it comes to sales numbers this year.

Loser: Cadillac CTS (down 29.4 percent in June and 39.5 percent for the year)

2015 Cadillac CTS V Front End© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac CTS V Front End As much as we adore the CTS-V, we're sorry to say that sales are down for Cadillac's midsize entry. GM has sold only 9,689 copies so far this year. Sales are also down for the ATS, but my a smaller margin. Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen has vowed not to lower prices in an effort to maintain, and eventually elevate, the brand's premium image.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Winner: Chrysler 200 (up 153 percent in June and 136 percent for the year)

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited It's hard to believe the meteoric sales rise behind the new Chrysler 200. The automaker sold 106,569 copies of this restyled midsize sedan, up significantly from the 45,178 copies sold during the first half of last year. Production of the last-gen 200 and its platform-mate Dodge Avenger was winding down at this point last year, so that's one contributing factor for the sales spike. As we've found, though, the sedan is also much improved.

Winner: Jeep Cherokee (up 39 percent in June and 31 percent for the year)

© Provided by MotorTrend Jeep's small crossover is a top-seller for the brand. Sales have even surpassed the Wrangler so far this year, moving 105,426 Cherokees off the lot. That's about 25,000 Cherokees more than the brand was able to sell last year.

Winner: Dodge Challenger (up 56 percent in June and 41 percent for the year)

2015 Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack The redesigned Challenger now includes the 707-hp Hellcat version, and perhaps that has been enough to bolster sales even further for the model this year. Over 37,000 copies have been sold so far, and 6,845 of those were sold last month. Meanwhile, sales for its supercar sibling, the Viper, are up a whopping 72 percent in June, although down 1 percent for the year.

Loser: Fiat 500L (down 54 percent in June and 11 percent for the year)

2015 Fiat 500L© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Fiat 500L Although Fiat was trying to expand its lineup of vehicles, the 500L hasn't proven its sales chops yet. This sluggish wagon only moved 6,076 copies for the year, and just 530 for the month of June. We're curious to see if the 500X crossover follows suit, or proves to be a large sales success.

Loser: Dodge Grand Caravan (down 40 percent in June and 49 percent for the year); Chrysler Town & Country (down 37 percent in June and 44 percent for the year)

2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 30th Anniversary Edition© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 30th Anniversary Edition Chrysler may have birthed the minivan segment over three decades ago, but it looks like sales have slowed for its two storied offerings. Dodge sold 36,876 Grand Caravans so far this year, which isn't half bad, despite the double-digit decrease. Meanwhile, the Town & Country did only slightly better at 38,964 sales.

Source: Ford, GM, FCA

2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost
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