The figures are signs that car and truck sales finished the year strongly. For all of 2014, analysts are predicting sales of 16.5 million vehicles, up 6 percent from last year and a return to pre-recession levels.
Fiat Chrysler was led by the Ram pickup truck, with sales up 24 percent for the year. Pickup truck sales rebounded for nearly all automakers through 2014 as small businesses regained confidence in the economy and gas prices fell, making the trucks more attractive. Sales of the Jeep Cherokee small SUV were seven times larger than last year, reaching nearly 179,000. Jeep brand sales rose 41 percent for the year to more than 692,000 vehicles, an annual record.
SUVs of all sizes also were hot sellers last year as buyers went for higher seating positions and better cargo-hauling space.
Nissan said its sales grew 11 percent for the year to 1.39 million to set an annual record for the company. Nissan brand sales were up 12 percent for the year, while the Infiniti luxury brand gained just under 1 percent. Nissan was led by the redesigned Rogue small SUV with sales up 22 percent.
Honda says its sales last year rose 1 percent to 1.54 million cars and trucks. That was enough to post the second-best results in company history and a record for the Honda brand. Acura luxury brand sales rose 1.5 percent for the year. Honda was led by the CR-V small SUV with a 10 percent sales gain to 335,000. That broke the SUV’s annual sales record.
Nissan’s sales grew 11 percent for the year to 1.39 million to set an annual record for the company. Nissan brand sales were up 12 percent for the year.
For calendar year 2014, Nissan set an all-time record with 1,386,895 total US sales, an increase of 11.1 percent over 2013.
Sales of the Altima midsize sedan were up 30.3 percent to 32,331, a December record, Rogue crossover sales also set a December record at 14,879, up 1.4 percent. Sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF totaled 3,102, up 22.7 percent and a December record. Sentra sales were up 42.5 percent to 15,393 and Versa sales grew 3 percent to 9,129.
Nissan will unveil its all-new Titan full-size pickup truck on Jan. 12, 2015, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Honda says its sales rose 1 percent for the year to 1.54 million cars and trucks. That was enough to post the second-best results in company history and a record for the Honda brand.