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Gerard Wilson found that, excluding body-on-frame pickups and SUVs (which he does not track), Chrysler was the top US and Canadian manufacturer of 2014-model-year vehicles, through the end of June.

In the United States, Chrysler made 1.28 million vehicles in the 2014 model year, through June, including every Jeep other than Wrangler. Ford made 1.0 million vehicles (not including body-on-frame trucks), unless one counts the 191,652 Mustangs and Fusions made through a joint venture with Mazda. Even then, the totals don’t hit Chrysler’s.


The next largest domestic makers were General Motors and, surprisingly, Honda (1.14 million each, again not including BOF trucks). Toyota came in with under 800,000 cars.

Body on frame trucks make up a large proportion of Chrysler, GM, and Ford production, and GM has moved production of pickups from Mexico to Flint, Michigan in recent years. Toyota also makes a large number of pickups in the United States.

In Canada, the numbers were also in favor of Chrysler, through June, with 639,027 vehicles made — all large cars and minivans, with a small number of Volkswagens and Lancias. GM came in second, with 608,348, including various cars and crossovers. Ford came in at just 188,145, with the Flex, Edge, MKT, and MKX; both Toyota (396,502) and Honda (317,342) beat Ford’s Canadian production.

Looking at the numbers in a strictly calendar-year sense, and including all vehicles, one gets a different picture. Using Automotive News data, Chrysler produced 1.23 million vehicles in North America (including Mexico) for the first six months of 2014. Ford produced 1.55 million, not including the joint venture cars, and GM produced 1.66 million. No other automaker reached one million vehicles.

By country, including all vehicles, Ford built 1.16 million in the US, GM built 1.1 million, and Chrysler built 862,266. Chrysler built 351,259 vehicles in Canada, GM built 329,654, and Ford built 106,102. Finally, GM built 353,712 vehicles in Mexico, Chrysler built 239,928, and Ford built 231,771.

The next largest North American producer was Toyota, with 632,968 vehicles built in the US, 271,525 built in Canada, and 34,404 built in Mexico.

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