2012 Chrysler 200 Front End Silver

The Toyota Camry retained its title of America’s favourite car in August 2011 as no rival came within 7000 sales of the leader. Toyota’s 2012 Camry recently debuted, but it doesn’t appear as though many buyers considered waiting. The Toyota brand was down 13.6% but Camry sales fell just 1.9%. 

Only six of August’s Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America wore domestic badges. Their leader? The Chevrolet Cruze – there are four Cobalt sales built in to the August total – was far and away America’s best-selling American car last month while also standing out as America’s most popular compact car. Chevrolet compact sales nearly quadrupled compared with August of last year.

Speaking of American cars, enter the Chrysler 200. Its year-to-date total includes some Sebrings, too, and compared with the Sebring’s output last August, sales of Chrysler’s midsize sedan and convertible jumped 141.5%.

The Honda Accord no longer includes the awful Crosstour crossover. The Crosstour lives on, just without the Accord nomenclature. While this doesn’t affect the Accord’s year-over-year change, it will make it that much harder for the Accord to be America’s best-selling car. The Crosstour found 1422 buyers in August. On that note, 1897 of the Volkswagen Jetta’s 14,500 sales are actually Jetta SportWagens, Golf Wagons by any other name.

America’s best-selling car trailed America’s best-selling truck by 18,790 sales in August. That’s nothing unusual. But to Toyota’s credit, just under 3% of America’s new vehicle purchases went the Camry’s way in August. 

Rank
Car
Status
August 2011
August 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Toyota Camry
30,185 30,764 204,670
#2
Nissan Altima
23,016 18,491 176,198
#3
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
21,811 5643 170,266
#4
Hyundai Sonata
20,682 21,399 149,729
#5
Honda Accord
18,439 22,506 162,375
#6
Ford Fusion
17,925 17,082 168,929
#7
Chevrolet Malibu
17,840 18,182 160,152
#8
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
16,420 20,280 170,744
#9
Hyundai Elantra
15,054 15,181 122,092
#10
Volkswagen Jetta
14,500 10,667 121,965
#11
Ford Focus
14,093 15,466 127,006
#12
Chevrolet Impala
13,329 17,343 124,300
#13
Honda Civic
12,083 22,803 153,660
#14
Chrysler 200
10,861 4498 52,221
#15
Toyota Prius
9491 11,799 83,918
#16
Mazda 3
9424 9063 70,256
#17
BMW 3-Series
8775 8339 61,277
#18
Nissan Versa
8566 7453 59,811
#19
Nissan Sentra
8061 8206 81,921
#20
Subaru Outback
7572 8053 67,184
Source: Manufacturers
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