With two fewer selling days in May 2011 than there were in May 2010, an earthquake-ravaged supply of Japanese-branded cars, and decreases in incentivization, we all expected there to be some changes in America’s 20 Best-Selling Cars list. Did you expect to see four midsize cars on top of the heap, none of them named Camry or Accord?
The Chevrolet Malibu was the best-selling car in the United States in May, edging out the Nissan Altima by 75 units. Way back in eighth spot you’ll find the Toyota Camry, down 36% from the same period of 2010. The Honda Accord slid from second to tenth on a 40% spiralling drop. The fuel-efficient Civic and Corolla weren’t exempt from suffering, falling from third and sixth to ninth and eleventh, respectively.
This turmoil didn’t simply benefit super-popular cars like the Malibu, Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. Scroll down the list of America’s best-sellers and you’ll see find appearances by the BMW 3-Series and Dodge Charger, both of which posted declines in May while still managing to climb onto the 20 best-selling cars list anyhow.
So let’s repeat it in unison: the Chevrolet Malibu was America’s best-selling car in May. Year-to-date, however, Honda has sold 120,039 Accords but Toyota is in front with 126,094 Camry sales.