2012 Ford Fusion Blue

Invisible, but way down in 21st spot on this list of America’s 20 best-selling cars sits the Chevrolet Camaro, 129 sales ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But don’t consider the Camaro and the 20th-ranked Subaru Outback (742 sales ahead of the C-Class) to be the reason Mercedes-Benz couldn’t land its car on September 2011’s list of America’s best-selling cars. Take note of the 16th-ranked car, the BMW 3-Series, sales of which rose 4% in September. The C-Class’s nemesis found 2424 more buyers in September.

Far more popular than any of those four cars is the Toyota Camry, the most popular car in America. Camry sales slid 19.2% in September. That story should change once the dealer lots across the United States are filled with 2012 Camrys. Four of the Camry’s rivals slotted in behind the Toyota in September 2011. America’s favourite American car is now the Mexico-built Ford Fusion, 72 sales ahead of the Chevrolet Cruze. And that’s including 843 Cobalt sales in the Cruze’s mix. The Cruze is America’s most popular compact car, however, 1476 sales ahead of the Toyota Corolla and its Matrix sibling. 

The best-selling European car in America last month was another Mexican-built machine, the Volkswagen Jetta. 1895 of the Jetta’s total can actually be traced to the Golf-based Jetta SportWagen. Sales of the wagon were down 18% in September.

Six of the Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America from September 2011 wear Detroit badges. There are two Koreans and two Germans. This leaves ten Japanese cars, none of which are the Nissan LEAF. Not that any of the American cars are named Chevrolet Volt. But if you were curious, the LEAF beat the Volt by 308 sales in September and leads the Volt by 3304 sales through the first three quarters of 2011. 

Rank
Car
September 2011
September 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Toyota Camry
24,851 30,769 229,521
#2
Nissan Altima
24,356 20,016 200,554
#3
Honda Accord
19,787 24,127 195,102
#4
Ford Fusion
19,510 15,918 188,439
#5
Hyundai Sonata
18,191 20,639 174,761
#6
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
18,101 3462 188,367
#7
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
16,147 21,060 186,891
#8
Volkswagen Jetta
15,023 10,769 136,988
#9
Hyundai Elantra
14,386 10,062 147,922
#10
Chevrolet Impala
13,822 12,186 138,122
#11
Honda Civic
13,724 18,637 167,384
#12
Nissan Versa
11,800 7021 71,611
#13
Chevrolet Malibu
11,114 16,289 171,266
#14
Ford Focus
10,309 13,587 137,315
#15
Toyota Prius
9325 11,394 93,243
#16
BMW 3-Series
9289 8945 70,566
#17
Mazda 3
8929 7995 79,185
#18
Chrysler 200
8709 4651 60,930
#19
Nissan Sentra
8105 7876 90,026
#20
Subaru Outback
7607 8154 74,791

Source: Manufacturers
Accord sales include the Crosstour. GCBC will continue this through December for comparative purposes.
Chrysler 200 year-to-date sales include 2380 Sebrings. The 200’s September 2010 refers to the Sebring.

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