"Momentum is especially strong for our F-Series pickup, with the all-new F-150 the hottest product on our dealer lots in January," said Erich Merkle, Ford's U.S. sales analyst.
Ford reported that the aluminum-bodied F-150 is averaging just 12 days on dealer lots. High-end Platinum and King Ranch F-150 models are "turning even faster, averaging just nine and 10 days on dealer lots, respectively," Ford said.
Ford posted a 15 percent sales increase in the U.S. in January, with sales of 178,351 vehicles.
GM said deliveries of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck increased 25 percent, Chevrolet Tahoe sales were up 88 percent and the Chevrolet Traverse SUV was up 89 percent versus January 2014. Total GM sales were up 18 percent compared to a year ago.
Nissan reported U.S. sales of 104,107 in January, for an increase of 15 percent versus a year ago. The Japanese automaker said with the redesigned 2015 Murano now available in dealer showrooms, sales of the model increased 74.1 percent in January.
Ten FCA US vehicles set records in January, including four of the five Jeep brand vehicles. They are the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass. Other record-breakers for the company include the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Challenger, Ram ProMaster, Ram Cargo Van and Fiat 500L.
The Honda CR-V posted record monthly sales of 23,211 units, up 27.3 percent, as American Honda reported an 11.5 percent sales increase versus January 2014.
The all-new 2015 Acura TLX was a stellar performer as well. Shoppers snapped up 2,892 TLXs in January, "easily besting the combined sales of its two predecessors in January 2014 by 27.9 percent," the company said. The TLX replaces the Acura TL and TSX.
"This year is off to a strong start as the sales momentum we saw in 2014 continued into January," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, in a statement. "Highlander, RAV4 and Corolla all set January records."
Edmunds says: Car shoppers are expected to crowd showrooms in February, as sales continue to sizzle.