Through the first six months of 2013, the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500 are America’s 51st, 52nd, and 53rd-best-selling vehicles. Together, they account for 0.8% of the American new vehicle market, same as last year. Only 116 sales separate the 51st-ranked Beetle from the 53rd-ranked Fiat.
Few cars are more directly competitive with one another while also being uniquely capable of appealing to such disparate buyers. For avid auto sales watchers, it’s more than a little interesting to see that these three lineups are selling at exactly the same rate.
They sell at a similar pace, but that is not a fast pace, and it’s not a consistent pace. Toyota USA has sold more than 30,000 Camrys in each of the last seven months. American Honda has sold more than 30,000 Accords in each of the last four months. Nissan USA has sold more than 20,000 Altimas in each of the last 14 months.
Those three nameplates, the Camry, Accord, and Altima, normally America’s three top-selling passenger cars, account for 7.1% of America’s new vehicle sales volume, down from 7.2% a year ago. America’s three top-selling compact cars, the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus, are responsible for 5.8% of the new vehicle market, down from 6.1% a year ago. Meanwhile, America’s three best-selling pickup trucks are now responsible for 10% of the overall market, up from 8.7% in the first six months of 2012.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by June volume by clicking the June 2013 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.