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Ford Sales Outpaced Chevy By Nearly 70,000 Vehicles In Q1 2021

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One of the longest-running rivalries in the auto world is that of Ford vs. Chevrolet. The contention is alive and well to this day, with the two American auto brands battling it out in many segments and markets, both at home and abroad. One of the more simple ways to determine which of the two legendary marques is coming out ahead in the rivalry is by raw sales figures, and that’s what we’ll do here today for the first quarter of 2021.

Total Ford sales in the U.S. market totaled 495,924 units compared to 427,950 units for Chevrolet. That’s a difference of 67,974 units.

Sales Results - Q1 2021 - USA - Ford

MODELQ1 2021 / Q1 2020Q1 2021Q1 2020
BRONCO SPORT* 23,356*
E-SERIES+4.70% 10,57310,098
ECOSPORT-0.35% 12,87812,923
EDGE-25.17% 22,15029,599
ESCAPE-14.81% 40,99048,117
EXPEDITION+12.50% 22,26319,790
EXPLORER+15.87% 65,24456,310
F-SERIES+9.24% 203,797186,562
FIESTA-94.72% 51966
FUSION-78.64% 7,88936,937
GT-58.23% 3379
HEAVY TRUCKS+111.13% 3,6231,716
MUSTANG-4.40% 17,27418,069
MUSTANG MACH-E* 6,614*
RANGER+15.19% 24,16620,980
TRANSIT-25.48% 27,45136,836
TRANSIT CONNECT+0.77% 7,6237,565
FORD TOTAL+1.05% 495,924490,769

Ford F-Series sales grew over 9 percent to 203,797 units, enabling the nameplate to retain its title as America’s best-selling pickup truck as well as the best-selling Ford model. Comparatively, the Chevy Silverado was the highest-selling model for the Bow Tie brand, netting 126,591 deliveries.

Sales Results - Q1 2021 - USA - Chevrolet

MODELQ1 2021 / Q1 2020Q1 2021Q1 2020
BLAZER-13.00% 19,26522,144
BOLT EV+53.67% 9,0255,873
CAMARO-1.34% 7,0897,185
COLORADO+12.38% 24,08321,430
CORVETTE+73.06% 6,6113,820
EQUINOX-13.93% 63,21873,453
EXPRESS+26.81% 16,87713,309
IMPALA-90.69% 4624,965
LOW CAB FORWARD+10.38% 957867
MALIBU-23.51% 26,98735,283
SILVERADO-12.54% 126,591144,734
SONIC-75.47% 1,0654,341
SPARK+23.02% 11,5059,352
SUBURBAN+17.36% 11,1439,495
TAHOE+12.91% 23,03820,403
TRAILBLAZER+834,033.00% 25,0243
TRAVERSE+26.39% 38,03730,095
TRAX-39.97% 16,95528,242
CHEVROLET TOTAL-1.72% 427,950435,422

Meanwhile, Ford Heavy Trucks (F-650 and F-750) experienced the largest gain for The Blue Oval, growing by 111 percent to 3,623 units. Comparatively, the Chevy vehicle to experience the largest growth was the Trailblazer, going from 3 units sold in Q1 2020 (when it was just launching) to 25,024 units in Q1 2021.

Truck Sales

In total, Ford sold a total of 227,963 units, for a gain of nearly 10 percent, Chevy sold 150,674 pickup trucks, down more than 9 percent compared to Q1 2020.

Sales Numbers - Ford Truck Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD F-SERIES +9.24% 203,797 186,562 89% 90%
FORD RANGER +15.19% 24,166 20,980 11% 10%
TOTAL +9.84% 227,963 207,542

The Ford F-Series retained its title as America’s best-selling pickup truck, with a commanding 203,797 units sold compared to the Chevy Silverado’s 126,591 deliveries.

Meanwhile, the Ranger posted an impressive 15 percent growth to 24,166 units, outselling the Chevy Colorado.

Sales Numbers - GM Truck Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET COLORADO +12.38% 24,083 21,430 16% 13%
CHEVROLET SILVERADO -12.54% 126,591 144,734 84% 87%
TOTAL -9.32% 150,674 166,164

As such, Ford remains the best-selling purveyor of pickup trucks in America.

SUV Sales

Ford Expedition sales totaled 22,263 units thanks to a healthy gain of 12.5 percent. However, the Tahoe and Suburban sold a combined 34,181 units, more than 14 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Sales Numbers - Ford SUV Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD EXPEDITION +12.50% 22,263 19,790 100% 100%
TOTAL +12.50% 22,263 19,790

As such, Ford is the second-best-seller of SUVs in the U.S., something that we expect will change with the arrival of all-new Ford Bronco.

Sales Numbers - GM SUV Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET TAHOE +12.91% 23,038 20,403 67% 68%
CHEVROLET SUBURBAN +17.36% 11,143 9,495 33% 32%
TOTAL +14.33% 34,181 29,898
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Crossover Sales

Ford crossover sales grew 16.5 percent to 171,232 units during the first quarter of 2021. By comparison, Chevy crossover sales totaled 171,524 units.

Sales Numbers - Ford Crossovers - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD EXPLORER +15.87% 65,244 56,310 38% 38%
FORD ESCAPE -14.81% 40,990 48,117 24% 33%
FORD BRONCO SPORT * 23,356 * 14% 0%
FORD EDGE -25.17% 22,150 29,599 13% 20%
FORD ECOSPORT -0.35% 12,878 12,923 8% 9%
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E * 6,614 * 4% 0%
TOTAL +16.52% 171,232 146,949

The all-new Mustang Mach-E and Bronco Sport enabled The Blue Oval brand to close the gap on its Bow Tie rival during Q1 2021.

Sales Numbers - GM Crossovers - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET BOLT EV +53.67% 9,025 5,873 5% 4%
CHEVROLET TRAX -39.97% 16,955 28,242 10% 18%
CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER +834,033.00% 25,024 3 15% 0%
CHEVROLET EQUINOX -13.93% 63,218 73,453 37% 46%
CHEVROLET BLAZER -13.00% 19,265 22,144 11% 14%
CHEVROLET TRAVERSE +26.39% 38,037 30,095 22% 19%
TOTAL +7.33% 171,524 159,810

Car Sales

Ford car sales totaled 25,195 units as the Dearborn-based automaker completely discontinued its sedan lineup, including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus.

Sales Numbers - Ford Cars - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD MUSTANG -4.40% 17,274 18,069 69% 33%
FORD FUSION -78.64% 7,889 36,937 31% 67%
FORD GT -58.23% 33 79 0% 0%
TOTAL -54.26% 25,196 55,085

Meanwhile, Chevy sold more than twice as many passenger cars, at 53,719 units.

Sales Numbers - Chevy Cars - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET CAMARO -1.34% 7,089 7,185 13% 11%
CHEVROLET CORVETTE +73.06% 6,611 3,820 12% 6%
CHEVROLET SPARK +23.02% 11,505 9,352 21% 14%
CHEVROLET SONIC -75.47% 1,065 4,341 2% 7%
CHEVROLET MALIBU -23.51% 26,987 35,283 50% 54%
CHEVROLET IMPALA -90.69% 462 4,965 1% 8%
TOTAL -17.29% 53,719 64,946

Overall, the Ford brand sold 67,947 more units than Chevy during the first quarter of 2021, specifically as a result of higher truck and van sales. However, it’s worth noting that General Motors (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC) sold more vehicles than the Ford Motor Company (which includes the namesake Ford brand plus Lincoln) during the same timeframe. To wit – GM posted 642,250 deliveries to Ford’s 521,334 units during Q1 2021.

Van Sales

Ford out sold Chevy in the van segment nearly three-fold. It’s worth noting that The Bow Tie brand fields a single offering, the Express, versus The Blue Oval’s Transit Connect, Transit, and E-Series.

Sales Numbers - Chevy Van Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET EXPRESS +26.81% 16,877 13,309 100% 100%
TOTAL +26.81% 16,877 13,309

The Express totaled 16,877 units for a 27 percent increase in sales volume, while the total number of Ford van units decreased by 16 percent to 45,647 units.

Sales Numbers - Ford Van Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD TRANSIT CONNECT +0.77% 7,623 7,565 17% 14%
FORD TRANSIT -25.48% 27,451 36,836 60% 68%
FORD E-SERIES +4.70% 10,573 10,098 23% 19%
TOTAL -16.24% 45,647 54,499

The Ford Transit Connect and E-Series both experienced a small increase in sales, while Transit sales decreased by over 25 percent.

EV Sales

When singling out vehicles that offer electric powertrains, the win goes to Chevy, courtesy of the Bolt EV which sold 9,025 units for a 54 percent increase.

Sales Numbers - Chevy EV Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
CHEVROLET BOLT EV +53.67% 9,025 5,873 100% 100%
TOTAL +53.67% 9,025 5,873

Comparatively, the new-to-market Mustang Mach-E sold 2,411 less units, though the results are still impressive for the nameplate’s first-ever sales performance.

Sales Numbers - Ford EV Sales - Q1 2021 - United States

MODEL Q1 21 / Q1 20 Q1 21 Q1 20 Q1 21 SHARE Q1 20 SHARE
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E * 6,614 * 100% NAN%
TOTAL * 6,614 *

Overall, the Ford brand sold 67,947 more units than Chevy during the first quarter of 2021, mostly as a result of higher truck sales. However, it’s worth noting that General Motors (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC) sold more vehicles than the Ford Motor Company (the Ford brand plus Lincoln) during the same timeframe. To wit – GM posted 642,250 deliveries to Ford’s 521,334 units.

About The Numbers

  • All percent change figures compared to Ford sales for Q1 2020, unless noted otherwise
  • In the United States, there were 74 selling days in Q1 2021 and 76 selling days in Q1 2020
Ford Motor Company Q1 2021 sales reports:

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Comments

  1. Stephen Ketterer

    Glad Ford’s kicking GM’s ass!

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    1. fastyle

      Not so fast slick, and here we go again with the segregation!

      widget Manufacturer A has 5 divisions and each sells 2 widget
      widget Manufacturer B has 2 divisions and each sells 4 widget
      Which Mfr. is doing better?

      First Quarter 2021 Sales
      GM USA TOTAL +3.87% 642,250 – gmauthority
      FMC USA TOTAL +0.97% 521,334 – fordauthority

      Not to mention the increase in ATP.

      GM 10.9%
      FMC 0.60%

      👋
      🎤

      Reply
  2. Travis

    I’m sure Ford would’ve absolutely destroyed GM if there wasn’t a chip shortage especially with GMs quality being some of the worse in the industry and people starting to take notice of that…but next year I think with the F-150 Lightning, the regular F-150, the Bronco, the Bronco Sport, the refreshed Navigator, the Lincoln EV ,and the Mach-E hopefully able to produce at full capacity Ford shouldn’t have a problem beating the entirety of GM. GM has no good products coming out soon and their quality certainly isn’t getting any better and they’re certainly not putting their customers first😂

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  3. Mike says..

    Fun with numbers… are all these sales completed deliveries? Lets hope FORD after sales service does not drop the ball and dealers remain committed to factory pricing at POS.

    Reply
  4. royl

    GMC trucks / Chevy trucks, always seem to be counted as two separate numbers (as the author of any article sees fit), but let’s be more realistic. If ford spins off mustang and/or bronco as a separate brand (as has been hinted for a while), will ford sales suddenly drop like a rock? NO. Ford, just as GM as various ‘branding”, but they all belong to GM or Ford and when the counting is done, they should be counted as such.

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