Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In America – May 2012


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The U.S. new vehicle market grew 26% in May and is now 13% better on year-to-date terms than at this point in 2011. American consumers acquired just under 6 million new passenger cars, pickup trucks, sport-utilities, crossovers, and minivans in the first five months of 2012, up from 5.3 million in the first five months of 2011.

U.S. May 2012 best-selling vehicles market share chart
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Ford F-Series sales alone have risen by 31,655 units; the most popular vehicle in America produced gains of 12,437 units in May. After last May’s disastrous tsunami-inflicted volume, sales of many Japanese-badged vehicles rose sharply in May 2012. Four of six Acuras, seven of ten Hondas, four of five Subarus, eight of ten Lexus vehicles, 14 of 18 Nissans, and 14 of 15 Toyotas eligible actually achieved year-over-year increases in May 2012.

Three minivans made an appearance on this month’s top 30 best-selling vehicles list, up from one in April. There are also four pickup trucks, seven SUVs/crossovers, and 16 passenger cars in May’s top 30. Combined the 20 leading nameplates accounted for 40.3% of America’s new vehicle market in May, up from 39.7% in April.

All 258 Vehicles Ranked – May 2012 YTD U.S. Sales
Narrowly missing the top 30 this month were vehicles like the fifth-ranked truck, Toyota’s Tacoma, the eighth; ninth; and tenth-best-selling SUVs, the 17th-best-selling car, and America’s top-ranked premium vehicle, Lexus’s RX. The 30 vehicles which did make the cut – only seven of which sold less frequently than they did a year ago – are in the table below. Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for every vehicle currently on sale in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home.

Rank
Vehicle
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford F-Series
54,836 + 29.3% 246,116 + 14.8%
#2
Toyota Camry
39,571 + 110% 181,796 + 44.2%
#3
Chevrolet Silverado
34,555 + 21.6% 160,942 + 7.1%
#4
Honda Civic
33,490 + 82.6% 135,082 + 22.7%
#5
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
31,847 + 87.5% 125,079 + 6.1%
#6
Honda Accord
29,737 + 74.7% 126,254 + 13.3%
#7
Chevrolet Malibu
29,579 + 15.5% 110,035 + 11.1%
#8
Ford Fusion
26,857 + 8.9% 112,416 + 1.4%
#9
Dodge Ram
26,040 + 29.4% 114,630 + 26.6%
#10
Honda CR-V
25,186 + 54.4% 123,400 + 29.3%
#11
Ford Focus
24,769 + 11.1% 110,237 + 43.8%
#12
Ford Escape
23,077 – 0.3% 98,667 – 1.7%
#13
Nissan Altima
22,690 – 11.1% 135,289 + 20.5%
#14
Toyota Prius Family
21,477 + 210% 107,504 + 72.9%
#15
Hyundai Sonata
20,765 – 8.7% 96,481 + 0.1%
#16
Chevrolet Equinox
20,238 + 15.1% 90,097 + 15.7%
#17
Chevrolet Cruze
19,613 – 13.6% 94,901 – 3.2%
#18
Toyota RAV4
19,248 + 123% 74,309 + 16.0%
#19
Hyundai Elantra
18,877 – 5.6% 80,114 – 3.8%
#20
Chevrolet Impala
15,879 – 5.0% 81,221 – 7.0%
#21
Ford Explorer
15,538 + 16.7% 63,269 + 14.2%
#22
Volkswagen Jetta
15,175 – 9.0% 69,599 – 6.8%
#23
Toyota Sienna
14,606 + 69.5% 48,257 + 5.6%
#24
Jeep Wrangler
14,454 + 44.4% 56,410 + 34.5%
#25
Kia Optima
13,364 + 79.8% 29,518 + 103%
#26
Jeep Grand Cherokee
13,274 + 40.0% 62,611 + 37.9%
#27
Chrysler 200
13,250 + 85.3% 58,231 + 111%
#28
GMC Sierra
13,196 + 22.7% 60,466 + 9.5%
#29
Dodge Grand Caravan
12,418 + 31.7% 58,063 + 25.8%
#30
Honda Odyssey
12,348 + 31.0% 50,481 + 10.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
Prius Sales: 13,053 Liftback plus 1086 Plug-In equal 14,139 Prius sales (enough to rank 25th) without the Prius V or Prius C, which sold 3645 and 3693 times, respectively, in May 2012.

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