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.