CARS.COM — Cupid matched plenty of shoppers with automobiles in February: Ford, Honda, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Nissan saw double-digit sales gains in what was a pretty strong month for the industry.
Half the top 10 best-sellers saw double-digit increases, with the biggest percentage gain from the Honda Civic. Dealers began February with nowhere near the glut of Civic inventory they had a year ago, per Automotive News, and shoppers winnowed it down even more: Civic sales spiked 31.7 percent versus a slow year-ago month as shoppers snapped up the redesigned, acclaimed Civic sedan. That momentum should continue; a redesigned Civic coupe hits dealers this month.
Meanwhile, sales for the top three sellers — all full-size pickups — show more than meets the eye. At face value, it seems shoppers spurned the Chevrolet Silverado for Ford’s F-Series and FCA’s Ram. But Silverado sales decreased versus a stellar year-ago month, and F-Series sales increased versus a mediocre February 2015. What’s more, Automotive News indicates Chevrolet began last month with Silverado inventory significantly down versus February 2015, while Ford began with F-Series inventory way up. Some truck shoppers just might not have been able to find the configuration they wanted at their Chevy dealer last month — but found it at the Ford showroom down the street.
Then there’s Ram, whose double-digit sales gains come versus stable inventory and a decent February 2015. Cash incentives for all three trucks in February don’t show any clear movement versus the year-ago month, so it seems the Ram’s sales increase has the fewest outside factors. Shoppers just bought more of them, plain and simple.
Here are February’s top 10 best-selling cars: