Turns out that the skyrocketing gas prices of 2008 didn't have quite as much sway on overall vehicle sales as some might think. The Ford F-Series full-size pickup truck was crowned the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for 2008 -- the 27th year running -- with sales of 515,513. The Ford F-Series was, of course, also the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 2008, claiming that title for the 32nd year in a row. The Ford F-Series designation includes the F-150 (Motor Trend's 2009 Truck of the Year) and Super Duty models.
Further evidence that that truck sales -- though battered in 2008 -- are far from finished, the second-place vehicle is once again the Chevrolet Silverado at 465,065 (or 500,068 if you count all the Chevy full-size variants). Rounding out the top three is the first non-truck of the group, the Toyota Camry, with sales totaling 436,617.
Also of interest is the fact that each of 2008's best-selling vehicles showed a decline in sales performance relative to 2007, with the lone exception being the Honda Civic (+2.1%). Trucks took a big hit year-on-year, and the F-Series and Silverado, despite topping in overall sales, showed some of the largest declines in performance of the top ten, with drops of 25.4% and 24.8%, respectively. The largest drop in the top ten was suffered by the third truck on the list, the Dodge Ram (-31%).
Honda scored three of the top ten sellers with the Civic (No. 6), Accord (No. 4) and the CR-V rounding out the top ten.
Below are the top ten best-selling vehicles of 2008, followed by units sold and sales performance versus 2007:
1. Ford F-Series (515,513/-25.4%)
2. Chevrolet Silverado (465,065/-24.8%)
3. Toyota Camry (436,617/-8.0%)
4. Honda Accord (372,789/-5.3%)*
5. Toyota Corolla (351,007/-5.8%)
6. Honda Civic (339,289/+2.1%)**
7. Nissan Altima (269,668/-5.3%)
8. Chevrolet Impala (265,840/-14.6%)
9. Dodge Ram (245,840/-31.0%)
10. Honda CR-V (197,279/-10.3%)