Light trucks take a record 69% of U.S. market

U.S. sales for each of the five largest auto brands — Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, Honda and Nissan — declined in 2018. But the No. 6 brand, Jeep, grew enough to keep the entire industry in the black for the year.

Jeep’s 18 percent surge propelled U.S. light-vehicle volume to 17.3 million, 0.6 percent more than in 2017 and the fourth-highest of all time.

All together, automakers sold about 96,000 more vehicles than the previous year. Jeep alone gained by nearly 145,000.