Surprise: The Ford F-150 Was America’s
Best-Selling Vehicle In 2012
This table is sortable. Be ye excited.
The Ford F-Series was the best-selling vehicle line in the United States in 2012. Fortunately, you can now click the percentage change column on the far right to see that F-Series volume hasn’t grown as fast as, say, the Lexus GS, Chevrolet Volt, or Kia Rio, as compared to the previous year’s performance of the same vehicle. What you don’t see, but can calculate, is that F-Series volume increased by 60,399 units in 2012. Growth of 60,399 units by one model? Mitsubishi didn’t even sell that many vehicles in total in 2012.
Toyota Camry Sales Shot Up 31% In 2012
Enough about the F-Series. We can succinctly mention that the third-ranked Toyota Camry was the best-selling car in America in 2012, the ninth-ranked Honda CR-V was the best-selling utility vehicle, the 45th-ranked BMW 3-Series was the best-selling premium brand vehicle, and the 48th-ranked Lexus RX was the top-selling premium utility vehicle. The Camry’s ranking didn’t change from last year, although sales jumped 31%. Honda’s CR-V moved up to 13th. The 3-Series slid three spots; the Lexus RX moved up one.
These vehicles certainly weren’t the only dominant nameplates. Not for the first time, Dodge and Chrysler ruled the minivan class. Ford posted a 40% improvement in Focus sales, enough to make it America’s 11th-best-selling vehicle and the best-selling American-badged car in America.
And then there’s the Honda Civic, a car that in 2012 was, if not derided by the automotive media then harshly criticized, growing at a 44% clip. Civic sales had been dealt a blow in 2011, the knowledge of which puts a damper on 2012’s improvement. But at 317,909 units in 2012, Honda has returned Civic volume to near-2008 levels. Perhaps consumers didn’t agree with the automotive critics. In November and December, the Civic was America’s best-selling car. Now that Honda has improved its compact car for 2013, we can assume Civic volume isn’t about to decline.
The Chevrolet Volt Outsold The Majority
Of Nameplates In America In 2012
The problem with most of the cars already mentioned is that they’re not very interesting. Pleasant, but not necessarily interesting.
Moving on, 65% of the Mini Coopers sold were traditional hardtops – the five Cooper variants combine to be America’s 85th-best-selling vehicle, two spots ahead of the Fiat 500. 17% of the Subaru Imprezas sold were WRX derivatives. Volkswagen’s pretty nice Golf was nearly outsold by the Golf GTI and Golf R. Audi sold more than 1200 copies of the now defunct A4 Avant.
The Chevrolet Volt ranked 127th out of 266 vehicles, thereby outselling the majority of vehicles on sale in America. Having only been on sale in the final four months of the year, the 203rd-ranked Cadillac ATS sold more copies in 2012 than the Jaguar XF, which had twelve months to find more than 7008 buyers but only found 5526. Booming Ford C-Max sales meant 2012 ended with the hybrid/electric Prius V rival in 159th spot, a stunning achievement for a niche car that was only on sale for one-third of the year.
Audi’s A7 ended 2012 seven spots ahead of the more costly Mercedes-Benz CLS. Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class ended 2012 ten positions ahead of the Cadillac Escalade trio. With a scant 1396-unit advantage, the Chevrolet Camaro finished 2012 as the 50th-best-selling vehicle, one spot ahead of the Ford Mustang. Mustang sales rose significantly in 2012; Camaro sales fell significantly.
The Honda Civic Was America’s
12th-Best-Selling Vehicle In 2011
But The 5th-Best-Selling
Vehicle In America In 2012
Much could be said about every vehicle in the table below, but space and time do not allow. The table is now sortable, so you can rank vehicles by their 2011 rank or 2011 volume or by year-over-year change at the far right. Or you can click the Vehicle column header to sort vehicles alphabetically. Keep in mind, italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total – they’ll often be separated from their overarching vehicle line (the non-hybrid Civic and Civic Hybrid from the overall Civic, for example) when you sort certain columns. Refresh the page in order to return to the original or sort the 2012 Rank at the far left.
More instructions: you can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any model that’s still marketed by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home. Select specific monthly or yearly best seller lists at the aptly named Best Sellers page. Come back to GoodCarBadCar.net tomorrow to see segment-by-segment breakdowns for December and 2012 as a whole.
All 266 nameplates sold in the United States in 2012 are ranked by 2012 U.S. sales totals in the table below. It’s a long list, so pace yourself.
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC Prius/Liftback/V/C/Plug-In Sales Figures Source: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. * With Accord ^ Prius C number had previously incorrectly said 35,773. Apologies. Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maybach, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands in 2012 were 816, 1800, 480, 242, 50, and 384, respectively. HybridCars.com estimates that Tesla Model S sales totalled 2400 units. Total Maserati and Bentley volume is reported, but not by specific models.