DETROIT -- Chevrolet beat the Ford Division in U.S. sales by 17,083 units in 2005, dislodging Ford from the top of the sales chart for the first time since 1986.
On Dec. 1, Chevy led Ford by 9,318 units. In 2004, Ford beat Chevrolet by 18,801 units.
Sales at both automakers fell in 2005. Chevrolet outsold Ford in cars. Chevy sold 899,116 cars in 2005, compared with 742,423 cars sold by Ford. That was a difference of 156,693 units.
But Ford, while it sold more trucks than Chevrolet in 2005, saw a bigger drop in truck sales from 2004. Ford sold 1,891,618 trucks in 2005, down 189,932 units for 2004. Chevrolet sold 1,752,008 trucks in 2005, 87,121 units less than 2004. In 2005, Ford sold 139,609 more trucks than Chevrolet.
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