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USA April 2012: Toyota Prius up to record 5th place UPDATED

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The US new car market slows down its growth in April at +2% year-on-year with 1,184,447 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 4,651,943 units, up 10% on 2011. The volumes are much lower than last month, but records are still being broken in April! The Top 2 best-selling models don't change: the Ford F-Series holds the top spot for the 32nd consecutive time with 47,453 sales, up 4% while the Toyota Camry is #2 for the 5th month in a row at 36,820 units, up 21%. Down to #11 last month, the Honda Accord claws its way back into the podium for only the 2nd time in the last 2 years (with October 2011) at #3 with 35,385 sales, up 26% year-on-year.

Honda Accord

Not content with annihilating its US volume and ranking records last month at #6 and 28,711 units, the Toyota Prius family, including the Prius MPV and c (aka Aqua) versions, progresses again to a record 5th place thanks to 25,168 sales, up a huge 101% on April 2011. Honda is in good shape, placing the Civic at #7, up 3 spots on last month but down 9% year-on-year while the Chevrolet Malibu is up 4 ranks to #9 but down 11%.

VW Passat

Further down, the Chrysler 200 reaches its highest position yet at #23 with 13,343 units, the Jeep Wrangler is up 9 spots to #25, the Dodge Avenger is up 19 to #28, the VW Passat is up 8 to #36 and above 10,000 monthly sales for the 2nd time running and the Subaru Impreza breaks into the Top 50 at #47 with sales up 86% year-on-year. The Toyota Yaris is up 28 ranks to #73, the Fiat 500 continues to progress, up to a record #83 with 3,849 sales, the Mazda CX-5 is up 9 spots to #91 and the Chevrolet Captiva Sport is up 23 to #93.

Beyond the Top 100, notice the Buick Verano up 15 ranks to #108, the Infiniti JX up 111 (!) to #121, the Acura RDX up 39 to #128 (is this because it is the official vehicle of the Avengers movie?), the Chevrolet Volt down 20 to #145 and the Hyundai Azera up 86 spots and 399% year-on-year to #165 thanks to the new generation now in dealerships.

Most recent US post: USA Q1 2012: Now available with Top 265 best-selling models!

Previous month: USA March 2012: Nissan Altima, Honda CR-V, Toyota Prius & Ford Fusion all deliver record month

One year ago: USA April 2011: Chevrolet Cruze in Top 10 for the first time

Full April 2012 Top 180 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Steam
    May 13th, 2012 at 07:25 | #1

    BMW 3-series seems to be very successful (9.003 sales in april).

  2. Steam
    May 9th, 2012 at 20:45 | #2

    LadyBoy :@Anthony
    Thats a very boring car.

    May be there are some people left who like the Jetta.

  3. LadyBoy
    May 9th, 2012 at 04:05 | #3


    Thats a very boring car.

  4. Anthony
    May 8th, 2012 at 08:00 | #4


    Americans have always LOVED the Jetta,one of the most common cars on the roads,sonce its launch in 1980.

  5. Steam
    May 7th, 2012 at 19:44 | #5

    LadyBoy :Damn, who buys all these mexican Jettas ??


  6. MFabio83
    May 4th, 2012 at 00:29 | #6

    i think so too, but TheK is right when he say easy change position every months, there isn’t great different of numbers between the #5 to the nexts

  7. Paul
    May 3rd, 2012 at 21:57 | #7

    I wonder if Honda had a big discount promotion effort that month.

  8. May 3rd, 2012 at 20:28 | #8

    Significantly stronger market progress of United States sales of the Chrysler Group in the first 4 months of 2012: +33% growth in the Chrysler brand as much as 76%. Slight increase in the share market goes above 11% and will benefit in the next few months also of the launching of the Dodge Dart.


  9. TheK
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:35 | #9

    These top 20 or 22 models are about always the same (Chevy Impala and Nissan Rogue in addition). But between them the places change massively every month. So it’s absolutely no surprise to see some models moving 10 places up or down from one month to the next.

  10. LadyBoy
    May 3rd, 2012 at 02:48 | #10

    Damn, who buys all these mexican Jettas ??

  11. MFabio83
    May 3rd, 2012 at 00:55 | #11

    i agree too.
    It’s strange the sell of the Honda Accord. In the last months the Accord was out of Top 10 and now is just 1,500 cars less than Camry.
    I thought a better position for the Hyundai Elantra. then -24% is not a good result.

  12. Rick
    May 2nd, 2012 at 22:59 | #12

    The great Nissan Altima down from #3 to #18??
    Model change to blame?

    • matgasnier
      May 2nd, 2012 at 23:52 | #13

      I think so Rick – let see the next few months, I’m sure the Altima will be back up quickly.

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