Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – July 2011


America’s overall new vehicle market may have posted slight gains compared with July 2010, but America’s 20 best-selling cars read from a different chapter. 12 of the Top 20 reported year-over-year declines. Despite the Toyota Camry’ notable 22.9% drop, it regained its monthly crown as America’s best-selling car after a two month hiatus in which the Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Cruze took over. 

With seven of 2011’s twelve months in the bag, the Camry has been America’s best-selling car just three times (February and April in addition to July), yet its year-to-date lead over its closest rival, Honda’s Accord, is more than 19,000 sales strong. Speaking of the Accord, 1477 of its July sales and 11,518 of its seven-month total actually stem from the Accord Crosstour. On a similar note, the Cobalt made up 21 of the Cruze’s July volume; 835 of its year-to-date total. At Volkswagen, 14.8% of the Jetta’s July total came from the Golf-based Jetta SportWagen.

Only five of America’s 20 best-selling cars from July 2011 wear American badges. Last month there were seven, but the story was a bit different because the three most popular cars and four of the top five were Chevrolets and Fords. And yet, when mainstream media covers July 2011 auto sales you’ll hear plenty abourt the strength of domestics and the inventory-related weakness of Japanese brands. The Honda Accord clearly manifests the deeper complexities of the story. Year-over-year volume was down 27.9% but the Accord climbed from 11th on this list to seventh. 

The  20 best-selling cars in America from July 2011 can be viewed in the table below. The status column shows the direction the vehicle’s ranking is travelling in relation to June’s best-selling cars table. Red font means July 2011’s sales weren’t as good as July 2010’s. Last year’s numbers are posted for context. Year-to-date data is the story you’ll be following as time goes by.

Rank
Car
Status
July 2011
July 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Toyota Camry
27,016 35,058 174,485
#2
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
24,669 7339 148,455
#3
Nissan Altima
21,340 18,275 153,182
#4
Hyundai Sonata
20,884 17,886 135,898
#5
Chevrolet Malibu
19,529 20,458 142,312
#6
Ford Fusion
19,318 17,406 151,004
#7
Honda Accord
18,308 25,386 155,454
#8
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
17,577 27,345 154,324
#9
Volkswagen Jetta
15,713 10,413 107,465
#10
Hyundai Elantra
15,181 18,215 118,482
#11
Ford Focus
14,889 15,417 112,913
#12
Honda Civic
14,006 23,231 141,577
#13
Kia Soul
10,131 8020 65,118
#14
Mazda 3
9288 9705 60,832
#15
Nissan Sentra
8730 9712 73,860
#16
BMW 3-Series
8640 8897 52,502
#17
Subaru Outback
8373 9030 59,612
#18
Toyota Prius
7907 14,102 74,427
#19
Chevrolet Camaro
7671 7486 56,432
#20
Kia Forte
7560 6885 50,582

Source: Manufacturers

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