2012 Honda Accord Sedan

Two-thirds of America’s 30 best-selling nameplates recorded greater sales numbers this April than last in spite of America’s shortened April 2012 buying season. With three fewer days to sell cars, Ford F-Series sales still rose 4%, the Toyota Camry was still up 21%, and the Honda Accord managed to jump 26%.

There’s a note on the Prius Family conundrum at the bottom of this post. Volkswagen Jetta sedan sales were down just 1.1%. A lack of availability dragged Jetta SportWagen volume down 37.6% to 1904 sales from 3050 in April 2011. Ford still didn’t sell any Focus Electrics. The Ram, 200, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Grand Caravan, and Avenger – the six Auburn Hills/Torino vehicles in the top 30 – combined to deliver 19,640 more sales to the Chrysler Group. America’s new vehicle market was up by 26,644 vehicles according to the Automotive News Data Center.

Ford and Toyota, meanwhile, landed five vehicles in the top 30. GM tied Chrysler with six. Honda and Hyundai-Kia both had three. Volkswagen and Nissan supplied the other two nameplates. Monthly and yearly sales figures for these models and every other nameplate on sale in North America can be accessed through the dropdown menu on GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home. There are important best seller links at the bottom of this post. The full list of the top 30 best-selling vehicles in America from April 2012, along with a market share chart showing the impact of America’s 20 best-selling vehicles, can be viewed after the jump.

Rank
Vehicle
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford F-Series
47,453 + 4.4% 191,280 + 11.2%
#2
Toyota Camry
36,820 + 20.9% 142,225 + 32.6%
#3
Honda Accord
35,385 + 25.6% 96,517 + 2.3%
#4
Chevrolet Silverado
30,749 + 4.8% 126,387 + 3.8%
#5
Toyota Prius Family
25,168 + 102% 86,027 + 55.7%
#6
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
24,804 + 2.4% 93,232 – 7.6%
#7
Honda Civic
24,423 – 8.8% 101,592 + 10.7%
#8
Honda CR-V
23,627 + 9.0% 98,214 + 24.1%
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
21,906 – 11.3% 80,456 + 9.5%
#10
Ford Fusion
21,610 + 2.0% 85,559 – 0.8%
#11
Dodge Ram
21,126 + 19.5% 88,590 + 25.8%
#12
Hyundai Sonata
20,521 – 5.6% 75,716 + 2.9%
#13
Ford Focus
19,425 + 12.5% 85,468 + 57.3%
#14
Chevrolet Equinox
18,282 + 7.1% 69,859 + 15.9%
#15
Chevrolet Cruze
18,205 – 27.6% 75,288 – 0.1%
#16
Ford Escape
16,986 – 20.0% 75,590 – 2.1%
#17
Hyundai Elantra
16,836 – 23.8% 61,237 – 3.3%
#18
Nissan Altima
16,239 – 5.8% 112,599 + 29.7%
#19
Volkswagen Jetta
15,658 – 7.6% 54,424 – 6.1%
#20
Toyota RAV4
15,196 – 2.5% 55,061 – 0.7%
#21
Chevrolet Impala
14,965 – 29.0% 65,342 – 7.5%
#22
Ford Explorer
14,086 + 11.9% 47,731 + 13.4%
#23
Chrysler 200
13,343 + 61.3% 44,981 + 120%
#24
GMC Sierra
12,598 + 19.7% 47,270 + 6.3%
#25
Jeep Wrangler
12,184 + 34.6% 41,956 + 31.4%
#26
Jeep Grand Cherokee
11,834 + 20.7% 49,337 + 37.4%
#27
Dodge Grand Caravan
11,183 + 27.2% 45,645 + 24.3%
#28
Dodge Avenger
11,147 + 47.1% 32,776 + 69.6%
#29
Kia Optima
11,021 + 68.7% 46,401 + 110%
#30
Toyota Tacoma
10,901 + 3.7% 43,020 + 20.6%

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

U.S. April 2012 best selling vehicles market share chart
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Even without the assistance from the Prius V, Prius C, and Prius Plug-In, the Toyota Prius would still be one of America’s 20 best-selling vehicles. 15,661 Prius liftbacks were sold in April. It only makes sense to include the 1654 Volt-beating Prius Plug-Ins in the Prius’s total – it’s just a powertrain option like the majority of other vehicles on this list offer. Toyota clearly wants to make the case  that the Prius V is just another Prius bodystyle and the Prius C a junior version of the same car. That’s a bit of a stretch, but the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is certainly very different from the regular Wrangler. One could say the same about the Jetta SportWagen (it’s a Golf) or Ford’s F-250 or the Nissan Altima Coupe. If all we altered the Prius’s total to reflect nothing more than liftback and Plug-In volume, it would have been America’s 16th-best-selling vehicle in April 2012. Every vehicle from the Corolla to the Cruze would be entitled to move up one slot. Toyota releases Prius sales totals as though it’s one car and only happened to leak model-by-model Prius info for March and April.

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