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Thanks to our partnership with JATO Dynamics, after exploring Full Year 2017 State by State sales in the U.S., we continue on our zoom in on the largest American States. Texas is next as it ranks as the 2nd largest State in the U.S. based on the sales volume of its Top 10 (426.951). This is the first BSCB update dedicated to Texas with detailed sales figures. At 28.3 million inhabitants, Texas is the second most populous State in the U.S. after California. It is the second largest State after Alaska at 268.600 sq miles (or 696.241 km2), larger than France. Main cities are Houston (2.2 million inhabitants) and San Antonio (1.4 million).
Texas is by very far the important American State for full-size pickup sales: whereas it is home to “just” 8% of the total population of the United States, Texas accounts for 1 in 6 full-sized pickups sold nationally according to 2013 figures. In 2012, Texas outsold California, the #2 pickup market in terms of volume, by a rate of 3 to 1. The Houston metro area would rank #5 among pickup markets if it were a separate state and Dallas would be #7, as more pickups are sold just in the Dallas and Houston areas combined than in any other US state, including No. 2 California. But even excluding both cities, Texas would still be the Number 1 pick-up state in the country… Check out my Photo Report on Texas during my cross-country trip in 2014 here.
And indeed 2017 figures confirm that the Texan pickup trend is even strengthening. After all dropping by double-figures in 2016, all full-size pickups in the Texan Top 10 gain at least 13% in 2017: The Ford F-150 leads the way up 13% to over 96.000 units, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (+20%), Ram 1500 (+13%) and Ford F-250 Super Duty up a gargantuan 47% and three spots to #4 thanks to the new generation. Needless to say absolutely all full-size pickups generate their largest annual volume here in Texas. However, this is not the State with the most full-size pickups in its Top 10 as although they monopolise the 2017 Top 4, there are none below. Wyoming holds the title of full-size pickup stronghold with its entire Top 6 exclusively composed of full-size pickups and 7 in the Top 10, followed by North Dakota with also 6 in the Top 6 and Top 10, Oklahoma with 6 in the Top 10 and Idaho, Louisiana, Montana and Utah all with 5 full-size pickups in the Top 10.
The best-selling passenger car is the Toyota Camry down one spot and 3% to #5, followed by the Toyota Corolla at #8 (-9%) and the Nissan Altima at #10 (-12%), these three nameplate all fit within the Texan Top 6 in 2016… The Nissan Rogue shoots up 44% to snap the title of best-selling SUV in Texas off the Toyota RAV4 even though it is itself up by 35%. The Ford Explorer breaks into the Top 10 at #9 with just under 25.600 sales, knocking the Honda Accord out of the Texan ten best-sellers. This is one of only 6 appearances in the States Top 10 for 2017 by the Explorer, its best ranking being #6 in Oklahoma.
Full Year 2017 Top 10 models ranking vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.