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US car sales are up 17% at 1,246,668 registrations this month, and a few manufacturers break their monthly sales record, among them Nissan, Hyundai and Kia.
Behind the usual Ford F-Series (53,272 sales) and Chevrolet Silverado (32,555), the Nissan Altima climbs onto the podium this month and is the best-selling passenger car in the US for the first time ever at 32,289 units.
The Honda Accord (31,533 sales), Toyota Camry (31,464) and Honda Civic (31,213) follow. At #8, the Ford Fusion sets a new monthly sales record with 27,566 units, and the Ford Escape has its second best month ever at 23,975 sales (#9).
Hyundai places the Sonata at #10 with 22,894 sales (+21%) and the new Elantra at #13 with 19,255 units (+134%). Perhaps Hyundai will manage to place two models in the Top 10 within the next few months… The Nissan Rogue sets a new monthly record at 14,174 sales (#23).
The Ford Explorer continues its progression at #24 and has its best month since June 2007 at 12,482 units (+111%). Kia has two models over 10,000 sales (Sorento & Soul) for the first time ever. The Ford Fiesta breaks into the Top 40 for the first time (#38 at 9,787 sales), its #1 market being Los Angeles.
Full Top 60 Ranking Table below.
USA February 2011: market up 27%, Ford F-Series #1, Fusion #5 Discover the Top 50 best selling models
“Buyers are back” is the cry we have been hearing all over the USA this month, with sales up 27% year-on-year at just under 1 million. The Top 2 best selling vehicles are still trucks: the Ford F-Series is #1 at 37,549 sales and the Chevrolet Silverado is #2 at 31,728 units.
As for passenger cars, the Toyota Camry reclaims the lead over the Toyota Corolla, and the Ford Fusion lands 3rd (or 5th overall), the first time in many years an American passenger car is on the podium. It sells 23,111 units (+40%) and is also 5th in 2011 at 37,457 sales (+31%).
Other great performances include the Chevrolet Cruze stable in 12th with best-ever 18,556 sales, the Ford Explorer back in the Top 30 (29th) with 9,657 sales and +139% and the Ford Fiesta breaking into the Top 50 at #49 with 6,270 sales.
Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Ford Explorer pic.
The Taiwanese car market is simply euphoric this month: at 53,310 registrations it is the best monthly figure in 4 years! The Toyota Corolla holds onto its #1 spot with an even increased market share (10%) and the Nissan Tiida stays 2nd at a strong 5.6% share and just under 3,000 sales.
The Toyota Camry, #4 in 2010, jumps onto the 3rd place, ahead of a solid Nissan Livina at 4.4%. The local Luxgen 7 SUV delivers its best ever month in 6th with 2,244 sales and 4.2% of the Taiwanese market, more than double its 2010 share…
Full Top 25 Ranking Table below.
The Vietnamese car market is down 26% in December at 11,198 registrations, bringing the 2010 figure to 112,224, down 6%. The Toyota Innova keeps the title of best selling car in Vietnam in 2010 with 7,419 sales and 6.6%. The Toyota Fortuner, #2 at 6,551 sales and 5.8%, is getting closer every month: only 19 sales separated the two models in December.
Two more Toyotas follow: the Corolla at 5.4% (6.3% in December thanks to the restyled version) and the Vios at 5.2%. The Daewoo Lacetti (aka Chevrolet Cruze) reaches #5 in 2010 with 3.8% of the market, ahead of the Kia Morning (Picanto) at 2.9% and the Daewoo Matiz (aka Chevrolet Spark) at 2.6%. The new Kia Forte is also very successful in Vietnam: #14 in 2010, it is already #8 in December with a very solid 3.3% share.
Full Photo Report, Top10 in pictures, Dec & Full Year 2010 Top 20: click on ‘Read more’ below.
** For the Top 100 best selling cars in the USA in 2010 click on ‘Read more’ below**
In a slowly rebounding US market, the Ford F-Series finishes the year at 528,349 sales, up 28% on a dismal 2009 and 2% on 2008. It is the 24th year in a row the F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in the USA, even though its 2010 sales are still a far cry from its 2004 peak of 939,511.
The Chevrolet Silverado reclaims the 2nd spot in 2010 with 370,135 sales (+17%), and the Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the USA for the 9th year in a row despite a 9% drop at 327,804 sales. The Ford Fusion is 8th overall and the best-selling US passenger car again with 219,219 sales (+21%), its best figure ever.
December highlights include the Chevrolet Equinox breaking into the Top 10 for the first time in 9th, the very good hold of the Dodge Ram (6th) and Honda CR-V (7th), the Hyundai Elantra jumping back into the Top 20 thanks to 4,724 sales of the 2011 model, and the Chevrolet Cruze breaking into the Top 30.
More commentaries, December Top 30 and Full Year 2010 Top 100 below.
Best Selling Cars now covers 154 countries around the world, so we can rank models by the number of times they appear #1 in any given country (more on the methodology below). This is exclusive to Best Selling Cars, you won’t find it anywhere else! Toyota places 4 models in the Top 5, showing how established the brand is all over the world.
The Toyota Hilux is the model that appears most often in #1: in 28 countries, including 21 in Africa. The Toyota Corolla follows: #1 in 18 countries, and the only one across the 5 continents: Europe (1 country), Asia (6), Africa (9), America (1) and Oceania (1).
Then come the Toyota Camry, VW Golf (both 8 countries) and Toyota Yaris/Vios (7). For the list of all 57 models that appear #1 and in which countries they do so, see below.
Tajikistan is at a crossroads of various civilisations and its car market reflect this, with Chinese, Russian, Iranian, Kazak and Uzbek influences.
Up to mid-2010, almost half of the cars in circulation in the capital city Dushanbe were Hafei and ChangAn Chinese minivans, introduced in 2006 when authorities prohibited larger microbuses from the city centre. However, these minivans were abruptly banned over safety concerns in April 2010 (for more details on this ban click here) and as a result must have dropped from the best-selling list.
The Toyota Camry could therefore be the best-selling vehicle in Tajikistan in 2010 (similarly to Kazakstan). Other very successful cars in the country are the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Optra, with the Honda CR-V and Russian-built Chevrolet Niva a notch lower.
Contrary to Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Lada 2105 has not managed to stay on top of the sales ranking after the independence from the Soviet Union. Some Iran Khodro Samands and Peugeot 405 Pars from Iran can also be seen, as well as a lot of old gen UzDaewoo Nexia from Uzbekistan.
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