Light Truck Sales Surpass Cars In California

Light truck sales in California have just surpassed those of car sales through the first half of the year.

From January through June, 514,255 light trucks, including pickups and SUVs, were sold in California compared to the 512,627 car sales recorded. These figures represent an 8.8 per cent market share increase of light trucks and a 10.8 per cent decrease for cars, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

This is the first time in recent years that light trucks sales have surpassed those of cars in California but it is representative of a trend which has been sweeping across the United States.

Edmunds pricing and industry analyst Jeremy Acevedo says “California is becoming a bit more like the rest of the nation but it still is very independent, with its own sort of automotive pulse.”

What is particularly surprising about California’s uptake of trucks is that the state often leads the way for market trends throughout the U.S. Rarely does California follow the lead of other states.

In the first half of 2017, the Honda Civic is the state’s highest-selling vehicle with 44,174 units sold. The Honda Accord comes in second followed by the Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Ford F-Series and Toyota RAV4.


  • Six_Tymes

    i would not have guessed California

    • Benjamin B.

      Lots of pickup trucks in Orange County. Southern California in general is pickup truck country. Interestingly the wealthier neighborhoods tend to have a greater percentage of households with pickup trucks.

  • Benjamin B.

    They should count crossovers as a separate group. Sometimes they’re grouped in with cars/passenger vehicles. Sometimes they’re grouped in with light trucks and SUVs. Anyway in Orange County alone I believe every other single family household has at least one pickup truck. Interestingly the wealthier the family, the more likely it is for them to own a pickup truck.

  • Blade t

    Gas prices are good now so everybody wants a suv or truck that gets 12mpg ….

    • James Denz

      What new mass produced SUV or pickup truck only gets 12 mpg?

      • Blade t

        It’s a little bit of sarcasm in there , but many large pick up trucks and suv’s with 8 cyl engines get poor gas milage. I had a vehicle with a hemi so I know what kind of mpg they get .

      • Wolverine350R

        Where I live (in southern Cal) its usually 100 ft between stop signs, so anything with a v8 gets ~12mpg (both of my trucks average 12-13). Our 4 cyl car only manages ~ 20 mpg in this craptastic city.

  • Bash


  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Are the tree huggers being outnumbered?

  • Infinite1

    Millennials trading their Prius for a truck? The end of the world is near….

  • Wolverine350R

    I’m thinking the definition of truck is overly broad on this. It probably includes vehicles like Rav4, Juke, Encore, V70XC and Outback maybe even. It should instead be more of a uni body vs body on frame with some exceptions for the wannatrucks and larger uni body SUVs.

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