Chevy Silverado falls behind F-Series, Ram in pickup truck sales race

In the third quarter, Chevy was simply outgunned.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss

Everyone likes a comeback kid, so we'll see what happens.

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Third quarter sales reports trickled out this week, and it wasn't the peachiest news for and its bread-and-butter Silverado. According to GM Authority's neatly tallied charts, published Monday, the Chevy Silverado placed third in Q3 behind the Ford F-Series and pickups in the sales race.

Now, in reality, sales competitions are spitting contests -- so much more goes into making a successful vehicle and making money. But we can at least get an idea of how each automaker is moving their precious metal. Chevy sold 147,484 Silverado models in Q3 compared to 156,157 Ram pickups and 221,647 F-Series pickups. The F-Series has long been the undisputed sales champ with Chevy's Silverado right behind it, though Ram and Chevy have traded places a few times ever since the latest-generation Ram pickup family reached the market.

Chevy's parent automaker, , often likes to bundle Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra sales to create a figure that outdoes Ford, but even combining the trucks ' sales figures puts GM behind Ford at 215,296. Close, but no cigar, as they say.

Things get more interesting when looking at year-to-date sales figures, however. While Ford and Ram posted net decreases of 11% and 12% respectively, Chevy and GMC saw increases of 0.58% and 7%. That's good news in the long term if GM continues to siphon sales away from Ram or Ford. But for now, third place will have to do for the Bowtie brand.

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