September 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America


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A Likely Winner: Ford’s 2013 Fusion

In what amounted to a very good month for Japan’s two American-built midsize sedans, Detroit’s two leading midsize sedans struggled under the weight of poor availability. In the Chevrolet Malibu’s case, the fact that many reviewers haven’t exactly taken a shine to the car didn’t help matters.

As the 2012 Fusion departs, availability dissipates. But the 2013 Fusion isn’t readily available, either. Fusion sales dropped 37%, and August’s eighth-best-selling car fell to 15th in September 2012. The Malibu slid from 14th last month to 16th in September.

Up at the top of the heap sit America’s two long-time favourites. Toyota Camry sales shot up 38% in September and are up 37% through the first three quarters of 2012. As Honda began its switchover and incentivized the outgoing Accord, sales jumped 57%.

Where Detroit did fare well was in the compact sector, not its traditional base by any means. The Chevrolet Cruze was America’s best-sellign American car, third-best-selling car overall, and the leading small car. Ford’s Focus was back in seventh as the fourth-best-selling small car.

The U.S. auto industry posted gains of 13% in September 2012. The majority of the cars on this top 20 list outpaced the industry.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Toyota Camry
34,252 + 37.8% 314,788 + 37.1%
#2
Honda Accord
29,182 + 56.6% 247,847 + 36.9%
#3
Chevrolet Cruze
25,787 + 42.5% 180,600 – 3.7%
#4
Nissan Altima
24,448 + 0.4% 234,040 + 16.7%
#5
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
23,026 + 42.6% 222,703 + 19.2%
#6
Honda Civic
21,546 + 57.0% 234,029 + 39.8%
#7
Ford Focus
19,736 + 91.4% 186,686 + 36.0%
#8
Toyota Prius
18,932 + 103% 183,340 + 96.6%

Prius C
3386 —– 26,130 —–

Prius V
3088 —– n/a —–

Prius Plug-In
1652 —– 7720 —–
#9
Hyundai Elantra
18,305 + 27.2% 152,575 + 3.1%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
17,332 – 5.0% 175,346 + 0.3%
#11
Chevrolet Impala
15,259 + 10.4% 140,179 + 1.5%
#12
Volkswagen Jetta
14,750 – 1.8% 127,028 – 7.3%
#13
Kia Optima
14,304 + 131% 114,728 + 106%
#14
Mazda 3
14,031
#15
Ford Fusion
12,300 – 37.0% 194,165 + 3.0%
#16
Chevrolet Malibu
11,188 + 0.7% 179,465 + 4.8%
#17
Subaru Outback
10,583 + 39.1% 85,204 + 13.9%
#18
Chrysler 200
9881 + 13.5% 100,267 + 64.6%
#19
Volkswagen Passat
9500 + 199% 83,662 + 1610%
#20
Kia Soul
9467 + 42.0% 93,356 + 18.7%

Source: Manufacturers
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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