DETROIT -- As Ford Division's truck sales fell dramatically in 2005, Chevrolet unseated its rival as the top-selling U.S. brand for the first time in 19 years.
Ford's car sales actually grew in 2005, but the division's truck sales fell 189,932 units. Final tally for 2005: Chevrolet, 2,651,124; Ford Division, 2,634,041.
U.S. auto sales totaled 16,994,655 units in 2005, up 0.5 percent from 2004.
But General Motors and Ford Motor saw full-year sales drop 4.3 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively, for the year.
Conversely, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. saw its U.S. sales grow 9.7 percent last year to 2,260,296 units, while America Honda Motor Co.'s sales rose 4.9 percent to 1,462,472 units. DaimlerChrysler's U.S. sales, including Mercedes-Benz, rose 4.2 percent to 2,529,254 units for 2005.
Nissan North America notched more than 1 million U.S. sales in a calendar year for the first time in its history, even as December sales fell 1.1 percent from December 2004 to 91,253 units. For the full year, Nissan and Infiniti sales totaled 1,076,669.
Also among the gainers for 2005 was the Hyundai Group, including the Kia brand, which posted a 6.1 percent gain to 730,863 units.
Sales in December totaled 1,477,595 units, down 3.9 percent from December 2004. The month's sales total translated into a seasonally adjusted sales rate of 17,796,847 units.