2019 GMC Sales: Trucks Rise, SUVs Fall
Thanks to a couple of strong-selling models, GMC was able to post a 1.5 percent annual sales gain for 2019.
The premium truck and SUV brand sold a total of 564,946 vehicles for the year, compared with 556,449 in 2018.
The 2019 GMC sales numbers were fairly evenly split between pickups and SUVs, and the brand’s Savana van was also able to carve out sizable gains (24,226 sales and a 23.1 percent year-over-year increase).
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A Downturn for GMC SUVs
GMC’s SUVs accounted for 275,572 sales in 2019, a number that lagged behind last year’s total. The leader was the Terrain compact SUV with 101,470 vehicles sold. However, the Terrain’s numbers were down significantly, falling 11.2 percent from 2018.
The second-ranking SUV was the midsize Acadia with 99,429 sales. The Acadia was up 12.2 percent for the year, making it one of three GMC models to increase its numbers in 2019.
Bringing up the rear was the full-size Yukon with 74,673 sales — a 7.6 percent decrease from 2018.
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Truck Sales Show Strength
GMC sold 264,608 trucks in 2019, a solid increase from the previous year. The top-selling truck — and top-selling vehicle overall — for GMC was the Sierra 1500. It totaled 172,452 sales, an 8.3 percent increase.
The Sierra 1500’s larger sibling, the Sierra HD, sold 59,871 units for a 1 percent decline. Those numbers could increase in the new year now that GMC has completed a switchover to the model’s new generation.
GMC’s midsize truck, the Canyon, experienced a 2 percent drop for the year with 32,825 vehicles sold.
In 2020, GMC will once again pin its hopes for sales success on perennial bestsellers like the Sierra. The brand is also hoping to get a boost from a pair of SUV redesigns. The Yukon is an older model, and strong interest in its next generation could bode well for the brand’s SUV sales. The Terrain is also due for an all-new version this fall.
A longtime editor/writer and recently transplanted Hoosier, Caleb Cook lives in Xenia, Ohio. His favorite activities are reading and listening to music, although he occasionally emerges from the heap of books and vinyl records in his basement to stand blinking in the sunlight. Once fully acclimated to the outside world again, he can be observed hanging out with his wife, attempting a new recipe in the kitchen, attending movies, walking the dog, or wandering into a local brewery to inquire about what’s on tap. See more articles by Caleb.