* See the Top 60 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *
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.
* Thanks to Rutger (DC) at AutoWeek NL for the data! *
The Hyundai Avante is back into pole position in March, a place it has held 7 out of the last 8 months, this time with 12,173 sales and 9.1% share. The Kia Morning new generation falls back to #2 at 8.6%, just above the Hyundai Grandeur, still very strong at 8.3% share and keeping the Hyundai Sonata at bay (#4 at 7.1%).
This month Chevrolet started in South Korea, all Daewoo models will henceforth be sold under the Chevrolet brand. The Daewoo Matiz Creative becomes the Chevrolet Spark and grabs 3.6% and the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere becomes the Chevrolet Cruze and holds 2.3%.
First month of sales for the Ssang Yong Korando C, #21 at 2,073 sales, and the Chevrolet Orlando, #23 at 1,526 sales.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Korando pic.
The new generation Kia Morning (aka Picanto), launched in South Korea in late January, puts an end to 6 consecutive months of Hyundai Avante domination with 12,294 sales and 11.2% of the market. It is followed closely by the Hyundai Grandeur at an amazing 11,755 sales (11%), up 4 spots from last month.
Behind the Hyundai Porter at a solid 7.1%, the Hyundai Sonata stays relatively weak at 7%, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) drops to 5th with 6.9% and the Kia K5 (aka Optima) has stabilised just under 6% market share at 5.8%.
Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.
The Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) keeps the lead in South Korea for the 6th consecutive month with a comfortable margin at 11.2% share. The Hyundai Sonata drops to 4th at 6.7%, perhaps impacted by the arrival of the new generation Hyundai Grandeur, up 15 spots in 6th with 6,632 sales and 5.5% of the market.
Notice the Kia K5 back up in 5th with 5.6% share. The Kia Sportage R and Samsung SM3 (aka Renault Fluence) are solid at 4% both at #9 and 10 respectively, and the new Hyundai Accent enters the Top 20 at #19. Full Top 30 Ranking Table below.
For its last month before the arrival of the FL restyled version, the Proton Saga reclaims the #1 spot with an impressive 13.6% market share. However it is still #2 year-to-date with 67,779 sales (12.8%) vs. 69,368 (13.1%) for the Perodua Myvi, #2 in November at 12.2%.
The Top 5 is 100% Malaysian again with the Perodua Viva, Proton Persona and Perodua Alza following. The Nissan Grand Livina is solid at #9 with 3.3%, the new Hyundai Sonata gains 9 spots at #24 and the Proton Inspira, a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer, has its very first month of sales at #35 with 143 units, already ahead of the ‘original’ Mitsubishi (#46 with 89 sales).
More photos and link to the November Top 50 Ranking Table below.
The Hyundai Avante (Elantra) has now been at the top of the South Korean sales for 5 months in a row, with 12.7% in December. The Hyundai Sonata, #2 this month, should however still be the best selling car in the country over the full year 2010.
The Daewoo Matiz Creative (aka Chevrolet Spark) delivers an excellent 5.3% share and is up to 5th, ahead of a Kia K5 slipping down further, now under the 5% mark at 4.7%. The Kia Soul is at its best this year in 16th at 2.2% and the new Hyundai Accent is #22 and nearly doubles its market share for its 2nd month of sales at 1.5%.
Click on ‘Read more’ below the picture for the Full Top 30 Ranking Table.
Best Selling Cars wishes you all a Happy New Year 2011!
Check out above my little New Year video filmed in Hanoi, Vietnam where I’m spending my holidays. The trick for crossing the city’s busy streets is to walk at a steady pace. This way the traffic can anticipate where you will be next and evolve all around you… (Thanks to my dear Mum & Dad for filming me).
As for 2011, these are some of my most anticipated questions:
Will Toyota crack India with the Etios?
Will the Chevrolet Cruze or VW Lavida replace the BYD F3 on top of Chinese sales?
Will the new Ford Focus take the lead in the UK and threaten the VW Golf in Europe?
For more, see below.