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These 13 brands are caught up in the FCA-PSA Group merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group are merging their extensive brand portfolios.

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Earlier today, a joint statement from FCA and the PSA Group announced that both boards had approved a merger. Currently, the two companies have 12 automobile brands between them. FCA brings Fiat, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati vehicle brands and the Mopar accessories brand to the table. PSA Group owns Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall.

Here is what you need to know about each brand.

Peugeot

2019 Peugeot 208

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Peugeot was founded not as an automobile company, but as a family business specializing in coffee and bicycles during the reign of Napoleon in 1810. The company announced in 2019 that they would be returning to the U.S. by 2023. Currently Peugeot sells the 108, 208, 301, 308, 408, and 508 cars. SUV varieties they offer including the 2008, 3008, and 5008. Partner, Expert, and Boxer vans are also part of the company's portfolio.

Jeep

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Jeep is perhaps the most widely known family member of the FCA lineup. Its signature model, the Wrangler, first started as a test project for the U.S. Army. From there, the vehicle continued to evolve and be proofed on battlefields and farm land near and far. Nowadays, it's more likely to see a Jeep model on the road or driving down a trail. For the 2020 model year, Jeep sells the Gladiator, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and Compass in the U.S.

Fiat

2020 Fiat 500x Trekking

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Fiat is an Italian brand that was founded 120 years ago in Turin, Italy. It is currently the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy. The company has struggled to sell cars in the U.S. but has a good presence in Europe. Under the Fiat brand, the 500x, 500L, and 124 Spider are sold in the U.S. for the 2020 model year.

Dodge

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Dodge is nearly as old as Fiat. It was founded 119 years ago as the Dodge Brothers Company. It was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 and Chrysler in 1928. In recent years, the company has been turned into the performance brand for FCA. For the 2020 model year, the company sells the Journey, Challenger, Charger, and Durango, and Grand Caravan in the U.S.

Citroën

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Citroën has been around for 100 years and part of what is now known as the PSA Group since 1976. The company sells cars in many countries under their own badge and in partnership with other automakers. Current autos in the Citroën lineup include the C1, C3, C-Zero (a rebadged Mitsubishi I-MiEV), C3 Aircross, C-Elysee, C4, C4 Aircross, C5, C5 Aircross, Nemo, Berlingo, Jumpy, and Jumper.

Mopar

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Mopar is FCA's parts, service, and customer car organization. It also customizes and builds vehicles including show cars for various auto shows in conjunction with the automaker's other brands. Mopar has been a brand for much longer than many people realize. It was first introduced as its own brand in 1937.

Ram

2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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Ram Trucks was founded in 2010. Named after the most popular Dodge truck model, Ram is the brand under which all current FCA trucks sold in North America are produced. For the 2020 model year, Ram is selling the 1500, 2500, 3500 and chassis cab trucks. It also sells the Ram Promaster and Ram Promaster City vans.

Opel

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From 1929 to 2017, Opel was owned by General Motors. It was added to the PSA Group portfolio in 2017 when GM looked to unload much of its European portfolio. Current plans call for eight electrified models by 2021 and the company is moving to electrify its entire lineup by 2024. Opel and Vauxhall, another PSA Group brand, are sold in 60 countries worldwide.

Chrysler

2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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The original Chrysler Corporation was founded in 1925 from the remnants of the failed Maxwell Motor Company. It's been a member of a number of conglomerates throughout its history but is perhaps best known in recent history for its Chrysler 300 sedan and Chrysler Pacifica minivan. For the 2020 model year, those two Chryslers and the Voyager, a low-end version of the Pacifica, will be sold in the U.S.

Maserati

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Maserati is the most premium brand in the automaker's current lineup. The historic mark (it started in 1914) currently sells the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, GranTurismo and GranCabrio coupes, and Levante SUV in North America. The Maserati Alfieri, a 2+2 grand tourer with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, is scheduled to be produced as a 2021 model.

DS

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DS is PSA Group's premium car brand. In the past, DS and Citrëon have been deeply linked, but PSA Group has been working recently to differentiate them. Its current models include the DS 3, DS 3 Crossback, DS 4, DS 4S, DS 5, DS 5LS, DS 6, and DS 7 Crossback.

Alfa Romeo

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Alfa Romeo has a rich history. Since shortly after its beginning in 1910, the company has been associated with racing and fast engines. The newest products from the brand, the U.S.-sold Giulia and Stelvio, a sports sedan and performance-focused SUV.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall Viva

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Vauxhall Motors is a British-based car brand that is owned by PSA Group. Its passenger and light commercial vehicle lineup is identical to Opel's, but the Vauxhall name is used for UK models. The mark was acquired by PSA in 2017 following the purchase of it from General Motors. Vauxhall sells cars named Adam, Astra, Corsa, Viva, and Insignia. Its Grandland X, Crossland X, and Mokka X models are SUVs.

At this time, no details regarding the addition or elimination of any FCA or PSA Group brands has been announced.

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Luxury cars for almost every budget

Mercedes-Benz makes cars that are budget-friendly and vehicles that could break the bank.

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The concept of a luxury car for any budget means different things to different people, and often it depends not only on the features or price point, but also on personal perspective and perception. The driver of a 15-year-old econobox might think any new car is a luxury, while someone used to piloting a $100,000 Mercedes might be slightly harder to please.

Let's consider what a luxury sedan might look like for those within just about any new-car budget. Keep in mind that vehicles listed here are within ranges — final prices could be slightly higher or lower than the range shown. Sticking with traditional luxury cars, each vehicle listed here is a 4-door sedan — and a potential luxury car for any budget.

$20,000 Range

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2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited — $22,800
Hyundai may not be the name that comes to mind when it comes to luxury, but the brand's best-selling model is surprisingly equipped for the price. Refreshed last year with a new hood, front fascia, grille and headlights, the current Elantra has a more chiseled look than its predecessor. Inside the Elantra Limited feels like a premium sedan with standard features that include leather heated seats, dual-zone climate control with CleanAir Ionizer, wireless device charging, proximity key with pushbutton start, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Infinity premium audio system and 7-inch high-resolution display screen. With full LED headlights and taillights as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, the Elantra looks the part of a luxury car as well.

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$40,000 Range

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2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 — $41,400
The best-selling passenger car in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the C-Class moved into its fourth year of the current generation last year with updated styling, more power and new features. Looking like a proper Mercedes with standard LED headlights and taillights and freshened front-end styling, the C-Class is available in a number of trim levels with varying levels of power. The entry-level C300 comes well equipped with a 7-inch display, a power sunroof, active brake assist, a rearview camera, keyless start and a new multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel that includes Touch Control Buttons that respond to swiping motions. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine producing 255 horsepower, teamed with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The C-Class is available with Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000.

Other options:

$60,000 Range

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2020 Lincoln Continental Reserve — $59,870
The Lincoln Continental is a name long associated with American luxury, and in 2017 this classic returned to the U.S. market after a 15-year hiatus. The flagship sedan of Ford's luxury brand, the Continental is designed to provide a quiet and relaxing experience for all passengers. Approaching the Continental brings it to life, projecting the Lincoln logo in front of the doors to act as a welcome mat. Unique door handles combine the classic handle with an electronic door release. The interior has a welcoming mix of soft leather and real wood trim, as well as an available 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system. Optional Perfect Position seats can be adjusted 30 different ways and are available with front and rear heating, cooling and massage functions. Continental can be configured with front- or all-wheel drive with power coming from the standard 2.7-liter twin-turbo engine producing 335 horsepower and a plentiful 380 pound-feet of torque.

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$80,000 Range

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2020 Audi A8 — $83,800
The A8 resides at the pinnacle of the Audi sedan lineup and was completely new for the 2019 model year. Now in its fourth generation, the A8 introduces a modern look for the Audi brand with stylish high-tech headlights that flank the latest version of Audi's signature Singleframe grille. At the rear are new LED taillights, enhanced by a lighting strip that stretches the width of the car. Passengers will find an ultra-luxurious interior that features the latest high-tech displays and features. The multi-screen display consists of a 10.3-inch upper screen with smartphonelike functionality with haptic touch functionality, while the lower 8.6-inch screen can be used to adjust HVAC, seating and up to 32 programmable shortcuts. In front of the driver is the latest version of the Audi virtual cockpit that contains a 12.3-inch high-definition screen that can be configured to suit driver preferences.

Other options:

$100,000 Range

2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 Granlusso

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2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 Granlusso— $110,990
Once this luxury list hits the $100,000 mark, most folks might assume that whatever gets highlighted would be rather exclusive. This isn't necessarily true; but if exclusivity is important, why not try the Maserati Quattroporte? The flagship of the Maserati line, the Quattroporte is handmade in Modena, Italy, and features an elegant interior with fine Italian leather and silk trim from Ermenegildo Zegna, the Italian luxury fashion house. In addition to traditional niceties, the coachbuilder has embraced technology with a Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera and an optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as a WLAN-based Wi-Fi system. Best of all, under the hood lurks a Ferrari-built engine that emits a sound so amazing even those who aren't looking will know something special is motoring by.

Other options:

$120,000 Range

2019 Jaguar XJ

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2019 Jaguar XJR575 — $123,300
The Jaguar XJ may be in its final year, but there's still time to pick up this special edition of the British luxury sedan. Introduced for the 2018 model year, the XJR575 gets built on the long wheelbase Jaguar XJ sedan and has bespoke styling features inside and out. The XJ is not a common car on the road, which already gives it a level of exclusivity; however, the XJR575 further differentiates itself with a gloss-black grille and side power vents, sports exhaust with quad pipes, hood louvers, red brake calipers and 20-inch gloss-black finish wheels. The interior is equally special with sport seats featuring diamond-quilted leather and 575 branding throughout. The long wheelbase provides a spacious rear seat. As one might guess from the name, the XJR575 is equipped with a unique version of Jaguar's supercharged V8 engine that generates 575 horsepower, moving this big luxury sedan to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and continuing to a top speed of 186 mph.

Other options:

$140,000 Range

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4 Door — $140,250
As the high-performance tuning group associated with Mercedes Benz, AMG has produced two standalone sports cars: the SLS AMG and the current AMG GT coupe / roadster. Now there's a new AMG-specific model, the AMG GT 4-Door. The all-new AMG GT 4-Door has styling cues that clearly link it to its 2-door sibling. Up front are slim multibeam LED headlights that flank the AMG "shark nose" grille and feed into the low and long sculpted hood. At the rear are LED taillights and quad exhaust pipes — a must for any AMG model. Passengers will enjoy the luxurious surroundings inside, but the driver will be most excited by the hand-built biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates a plentiful 577 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The four-seat GT 63 will sprint to 60 mph in only 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

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$160,000 Range

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2020 BMW 7 Series M760i XDrive — $157,700
The 7 Series is the flagship of the BMW family, and this M760i xDrive sits at the peak of the 7 Series lineup. The big sedan combines the utmost in luxury with impressive performance to create the ultimate high-performance sport sedan. Rear-seat passengers enjoy big, comfortable seats that recline, massage, heat and cool while they experience the high-end video entertainment system. As inviting as the rear seat might be, the driver's seat is the one to choose. With a TwinPower Turbo V12 engine producing 601 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, this big sedan can reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, boasting a top speed limited to 155 mph. Full-time all-wheel drive and legendary BMW handling make this a luxury-performance sedan for any season.

Other options:

$180,000 Range

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2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S — $185,000
Porsche has introduced its first fully-electric vehicle and it is pure Porsche. Taycan's design team made sure the new model is easily recognizable as a Porsche, with its sleek body and roofline that slopes toward the rear in its signature Teutonic taper. The headlights have a futuristic look, while at the rear a light bar over the large PORSCHE name evokes the look of the new 911. Inside Taycan, occupants experience a new dashboard that features a standard 10.9-inch infotainment display as well as an optional passenger display; both meld behind a single glass panel. This first electric Porsche is powered by two electric motors — one at each axle – which also creates an advanced 4-wheel-drive system. The Turbo S generates a staggering 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, making it the most potent vehicle in the Porsche lineup. That's enough grunt to move this 4-door Porsche to 60 mph in a mere 2.6 seconds.

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$200,000 Range

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650 — $202,550
While the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is approaching the pinnacle of luxury, the Maybach takes things to another level, especially for rear-seat occupants. Those lucky passengers will enjoy seats that are both heated and cooled, can recline up to 43 degrees, and offer six massage programs. Ultra-soft Nappa leather and hand-finished wood can be found throughout the cabin, including a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel. The feature list is much too long to list, but highlights include 4-zone climate control, 64 color/3-zone LED ambient lighting, heated armrests and a Burmester 3-D Surround Sound audio system.

Other options:

$225,000 Range

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur — $214,600
There's a certain level of luxury expected from a Bentley, and this all-new Flying Spur delivers. Hand built in Great Britain, the latest Flying Spur features a new aluminum and composite chassis that let engineers increase the wheelbase by more than 5 inches which translates to an even roomier interior. Styling is updated with a bold grille flanked by LED matrix headlights with cut crystal detailing, and a retractable and restyled Flying B is positioned above the grille. Inside, the new Bentley Flying Spur is swathed in leather, wood and technology. Any Flying Spur owner will be continually answering the question whether the best seat in the house is in the comfort of the rear seat or behind the wheel. While rear-seat passengers will enjoy the lavish surroundings with the expected high levels of craftsmanship and refinement, drivers get to experience Bentley's twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 626 horsepower, delivering runs to 60 mph that take 3.7 seconds with an eventual top speed of 207 mph.

$300,000 Range

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2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost — $315,000
From the "everything is relative" department, the Ghost is the "entry-level" model in the Rolls-Royce lineup. Rolls-Royce has long been the benchmark for luxury automobiles, and this still holds true for the Ghost. The hand-built sedan is swathed in five coats of paint that take seven days to apply, with an additional five hours of hand polishing. Inside is a mix of classic matching wood veneers and hand-stitched leather seats with the latest in high-tech connectivity and infotainment . The twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine provides more than adequate power, and the intelligent air suspension delivers an impressively smooth, quiet ride.

Other options:
  • Bentley Mulsanne

$350,000 Range

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2020 Bentley Mulsanne Speed — $342,300
The Mulsanne Speed is a perfect example of the classic large and powerful Bentley. The car weighs almost 3 tons and stretches more than 18 feet long, but with a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 530 horsepower and a whopping 811 lb-ft of torque, it easily reaches 60 mph in under 5 seconds while boasting a top speed of 190 mph. The Mulsanne Speed's driver-adjustable air suspension can focus on comfort or stiffness to optimize performance and handling. The lavish interior features diamond-quilted leather on seats and door panels, a leather headliner, piano-black veneer with handcrafted carbon-fiber inlays, and an embroidered Bentley emblem on each seat. A 60 GB onboard hard drive stores music for the driver and films for rear-seat passengers to view on 8-inch screens. A frosted glass bottle cooler — replete with crystal champagne flutes — can be installed in the rear armrest, and power-operated tables can be fitted to the rear of the front seats.

$400,000+ Range

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2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom — $450,000
If there is a bar against which all luxury cars are judged, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is well above it. The legendary British marque has introduced an all-new eighth-generation Phantom that is completely new from the ground up. In addition to the added stiffness of a new aluminum spaceframe, the Phantom features Rolls-Royce's "Magic Carpet Ride," which can adjust the air suspension continuously for the smoothest motive experience. The system uses a camera to assess road conditions and adjusts the Phantom's setup proactively to accommodate rough road surfaces. The elegant rear seat is accessed through larger rear-hinged doors that can be softly closed with the push of a button. The gamut of standard features is too long to list here, but it includes the latest in advanced safety technology, the highest-quality materials and just about any level of customization a customer could desire. And for those seeking a Rolls-Royce that goes even longer on luxury, might we suggest the extended-wheelbase version of the Phantom, which can be had for $530,000.

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Ford trucks reigned supreme over the last decade.

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For decades, Kelley Blue Book has been studying auto sales trends and reporting on those findings. To mark the close of the decade, 2010-2020, KBB looked back at the numbers for the last 10 years and found some surprising things.

The single best sales month was December 2016.

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There was a lot going on in 2016, not the least exciting of which was Nico Rosberg wining the F1 Championship. Automakers sold more vehicles in 2016 than they did at any other point during the decade. The December 2016 sales capped off a record year. Here's the top five months over the decade by volume:

  • December 2016: 1,683,408
  • March 2018: 1,648,222
  • May 2015: 1,634,833
  • December 2015: 1,634,329
  • August 2019: 1,632,287

Subaru might have had the best decade of everyone.

2020 Subaru Outback

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Sure, Ford sold a lot of trucks and Nissan saw tremendous early-decade growth in its SUV lineup, but Subaru is the real winner. In 2010, Subaru sold 263,000 vehicles in the U.S. By the end of the decade, in 2019, they sold 700,000. They probably would have sold more but they scaled back production to launch two new vehicles at the end of the decade.

Most forecasts were wrong about December 2019, but that doesn't mean it was a great month.

2020 Ram 1500

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Analysts forecasted weak sales for the last month of 2019 but the market surprised them delivering a strong result. However, December 2019 was only the 26th best-selling month of the decade according to KBB, which measured 1,506,401 units sold. See the best-selling trucks of 2019 here.

Volvo's best month was the last month of the decade.

2019 Volvo XC60

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Volvo left the decade with the best month it has had in 10 years. The company sold 12,360 units. However, Volvo had higher sales in the months prior to the Great Recession.

Ford delivered the highest monthly sales total of all automakers in the last 10 years.

2019 Ford Focus

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While some may bemoan the Blue Oval's current state of automotive affairs, they had a really great month five and a half years ago. In May 2014, Ford sold 244,501 vehicles, roughly 15.5% of the entire industry's sales for the month. In that single month, Ford sold more vehicles than Smart did in the entire decade. See the best-selling new cars of 2019 here.

Buyers are spending more on their cars than ever before.

2020 Toyota Highlander

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According to KBB, "At the end of 2011, the average transaction price (ATP) for a new vehicle in the U.S. was near $30,000. In February 2015, ATP for the month was above $33,000 for the first time ($33,056). It broke through $35,000 in June of 2017, and passed $37,000 later that year, in December when transaction prices commonly peak due to the high volume of luxury vehicle sales. Transaction prices were above $38,000 through the final three months of 2019. The Kelley Blue Book ATP in December 2019 was $38,767 – the highest point in the past decade."

See the best-selling new SUVs of 2019 here.

Tesla came to play.

2019 Tesla Model3

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In 2010 and 2011, Tesla wasn't really on anyone's radar and now it's a household name. KBB estimates that Tesla sold 12 vehicles in June 2012. They reached 10,000 in sales per month in March 2018 and hit peak monthly sales in December 2018 when 32,600 vehicles were sold.

High-performance cars were costliest in January 2019.

2020 Ferrari Roma

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Everyone seems to drive a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda Civic. For the select few wealthy enough to enjoy the fruits of the Acura NSX, Ford GT, and anything with a horse logo on it, this decade was kind for options but expensive. KBB says that in January 2019, the ATP for the segment peaked for the decade at $121,739.

With the Trump Tax Cuts came more fleet sales.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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According to KBB, "Six of the Top 10 best months for fleet sales in the past decade occurred after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In May 2019, an estimated 425,000 vehicles were sold to fleet buyers, a record 27 percent of total U.S. sales. Fleet, it's worth noting, generally accounts for 20% of sales in a given month."

There was never a time in the last 10 years that the Ford F-Series was not the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

2020 Ford Super Duty

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Ten straight years of month-to-month dominance. Muhammed Ali wasn't even that good. Ford has sold 7,578,608 F-Series pickups in the last decade - one every 41 seconds. The best month for the F-Series was December 2017 where, in a single month, the company sold 89,385 F-Series trucks.