The Gap Between Toyota and Ford in US Sales Begins to Shrink image

The gap between Toyota and Ford continues to shrink, as the Japanese automaker continues to rebound after last year’s natural disasters.

The difference in sales between the two automakers last month was of 3,066 units, the second-smallest monthly margin of victory for Ford over Toyota, since the Dearborn automaker regained the second place in US sales in April 2010.

“Toyota has had a remarkable recovery this year,” said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry analysis at TrueCar.com. “I think Ford will still have an advantage, but it’s going to be a very close race. We can’t write off Toyota.”

This year Ford sold 113,644 units more than Toyota, but GM still holds the first place in US sales with 210,245 vehicles sold last month and 1.97 million units for the first nine months of this year. LMC predicts that Ford will sell 2.2 million vehicles, above Toyota’s 2.05 million units. During September Toyota managed to beat Ford in several segments, including the compact segment where Corolla surpassed the Focus, and in the midsize segment where the Camry surpassed the Fusion. But Ford hopes to regain the market share as it will soon replace the 2012 Fusion with an all-new Fusion.