Toyota tops midsize pickup sales

February 28, 2013 12:00 AM

The world of pickup trucks is undergoing a lot of change. Industry staples like the Dodge Dakota and Ford Ranger are ending production, while new redesigns are expected for the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Titan. This rapidly changing field has impacted the sales of certain models, and took a look at which automobiles were holding strong. 

Toyota demolished the competition with the sales of its Tacoma, the news source reports. The brand sold more than 133,000 units of the midsize truck, easily outdistancing the second-place Nissan Frontier, which sold about 50,500 vehicles. Trucks like the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline rounded out the top five, selling approximately 21,000, 15,000 and 13,000 units, respectively. 

Sales of midsize trucks are only a fraction of larger models. In total, about 241,471 midsize pickups were sold in 2012, compared to 988,326 half-tons. Heavy-duty trucks sold about 308,000 throughout the year. 

Overall, 2012 was a strong year for pickup sales. With redesigns, auto repair and a better economy on the horizon, things could be improving through 2013. 

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