Every year, millions of Americans visit their local car dealerships to purchase new automobiles. Consumers today have the widest range of possible vehicles and manufacturers available that has ever been possible. From compact cars to the heaviest pickup trucks, auto manufacturers today are more often than not putting out vehicles into every category of cars and trucks on the market today. But, with the wide variety of vehicles and manufacturers on the market today, people often wonder who the top auto manufacturers in the United States are. Following is a list of the top manufacturers by sales volume in the country in January of 2018 according to the Wall Street Journal, making them top dogs in the US automotive industry.
General Motors – headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and encompassing the ever-popular brands of Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac, the General Motors (GM) family is the perennial top seller in the United States year after year. The vehicles from the GM lineup that are top sellers in the United States on an annual basis are the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, the Chevrolet Equinox sport utility vehicle and the GMC Sierra pickup truck. The monstrous manufacturer offers vehicles to consumers of all price ranges from entry level sedans to the luxurious Cadillac and Buick lineups. General Motor has won several recent awards, including the Cars.com’s “Best Pickup Truck of 2018” for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Kelley Blue Book’s “Most Refined Brand” award for GMC, 2017 North American Car of the Year and Motor Trend Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Bolt EV and had several models ranked highest in their segments in a recent J.D. Power Associates vehicle dependability study.
Toyota – based out of Japan but having production plants in six locations in the United States, the Toyota brand of vehicles have been climbing in popularity in the United States due to their reliability and dependability. The Toyota vehicles that are the top sellers in the United States are the Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle, the Toyota Camry sedan, the Toyota Corolla compact sedan and the Toyota Highlander large sport utility vehicle. Toyota has accumulated an impressive array of awards, including the most 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Awards, the most 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards and the most 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus winners.
Ford – based out of Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company is one of the most iconic vehicle manufacturers in the country. In the United States, Ford sells the brands of Ford and Lincoln and their top selling vehicles in the country are the Ford F-Series of pickup trucks, the Ford Escape small sport utility vehicle, the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle and the Ford Fusion sedan. The Ford F-Series of trucks is annually the number one selling vehicle in the country. The Ford Motor company has won some very prestigious awards as an automobile manufacturer, including the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition by the Ethisphere Institue, the World’s Most Attractive Employer by Universum, the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for several models and the Cars.com Car Seat Honor Roll award for the Ford Escape.
Chrysler – based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan in the United State, the Chrysler brand operates the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram lineup of vehicles in the country. Chrysler operates on an international level as part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles organization. The company includes the Mopar brand of automotive stuff including parts and accessories. They also operate the SRT performance auto division. The top-selling Chrysler vehicles in the United States are the RAM series of pickup trucks, the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Jeep Wrangler, America’s iconic off-road SUV. Chrysler’s recent prestigious awards include the Chrysler Pacifica being named the J.D. Power Best in Initial Quality Rating, Best Family Minivan by Edmunds and Cars.com and the Chrysler 200 receiving the IIHS Top Safety Pick and receiving 5-star safety rating from the federal government.
Nissan – based in Japan and manufactured in three cities in the United States in Tennessee and Mississippi, Nissan globally is in partnership with Mitsubishi and sells the Infiniti brand under the Nissan umbrella. The top-selling Nissan brands in the United States are the Nissan Rogue crossover sport utility vehicle, the Nissan Altima sedan and the Nissan Sentra compact sedan. Nissan also offers popular pickup trucks in the mid-size Frontier and the full-size Titan. Nissan vehicles have won several recent awards like Kelley Blue Book’s Lowest Cost to Own Award for the Nissan LEAF, an Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards Best Value for Extreme Off-Road for the Nissan Titan and SUV of the Year from Popular Mechanics magazine for the Nissan Armada.
Honda – based in Japan and having manufacturing facilities all across the United States, Honda boasts not only amazing vehicle sales but also success in other markets making motorcycles, scooters, generators, water pumps, lawn equipment, outboard marine motors, jet engines and robotics. For their vehicles, the top-selling Honda’s in the United States are the Honda CV-V sport utility vehicle, the Honda Civic compact sedan and the Honda Accord sedan. Honda has won many recent prestigious awards that include the North American Car of the Year for Honda Accord, a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award for the Honda Civic, Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted award for the Honda CV-V and an NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating for the Honda Pilot.
The American consumer has the greatest selection of vehicles available to them that has ever existed in our history. Starting with these six top manufacturers in the country, the choices are endless to find a vehicle that meets the needs of each driver and family. But, with a little work and research, a consumer looking for a new vehicle can find the right one to meet what they are looking for in price, features and capabilities.
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