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USA June 2012: Chevrolet Malibu at highest in 32 years!

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The US car market continues on its excellent run this year and is up 22% year-on-year in June to 1,285,555 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,272,160 units, up a comforting 15% on 2011. Passenger cars are up 25% while light duty trucks including SUVs are up 19%, so extremely solid growth all round. After a serious scare during the GFC, General Motors goes from strength to strength and with 248,750 sales in June it delivers its highest monthly volume since September 2008.

The last time the Malibu nameplate sold over 30,000 monthly units was in 1979-1980.

The Ford F-Series enjoys its 34th consecutive month atop the models ranking with 55,025 sales and for the first time in 2012 the Chevrolet Silverado is up to #2 at 33,566 units, however still #3 year-to-date with 194,508 sales below the Toyota Camry, #3 this month at 32,107 units, up 50% year-on-year. The big event in June is the performance of the Chevrolet Malibu, #4 and missing out on the title of best-selling passenger car in the country for just 705 units thanks to 31,402 sales, its first time above the 30,000 monthly mark potentially since...1980! I don't have monthly figures that go back that far but the Malibu finished 1979 with 344,233 sales and 1980 with 267,732 units, and must have sold over 30,000 monthly units at some stage during those 2 years, before falling below 250,000 annual sales ever since.

Ford Escape

The Honda Accord continues to handle 2012 much better than 2011, up 84% year-on-year to #5 with 28,914 sales, as does the Honda Civic up 57% to #7 and now #4 year-to-date vs. #12 in 2011... Notice also the Ford Escape up 6 spots on May to #6 with a best-ever 28,500 units thanks to the new generation now on sale, the Toyota Prius at #16 up 341% on a month of June 2011 still disrupted by the Japanese tsunami and the Toyota RAV4 up 66% to #20.

Scion FR-S

In other news, Audi manages to sell more cars than in any month since it entered the US market 42 years ago at 12,664 vehicles sold, beating the December 2011 record of 12,655. The Buick Verano breaks into the monthly US Top 100 for the first time at #89 while the Scion FR-S (aka Toyota GT86) is up a whopping 123 spots for its 2nd month of sales in the country to #117 with 2,680 sales. The Cadillac XTS lands at #186 and the Dodge Dart at #234.

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  1. July 18th, 2012 at 17:55 | #1

    Quite attractive the new Escape!

  2. jjj
    July 9th, 2012 at 07:07 | #2

    Do you have any data about slae of Dodge Dart?

  3. Pedro
    July 8th, 2012 at 21:45 | #3

    The all new us built VW Passat is doing well, too.
    10,252 units in june should represent # 31 or 32.

  4. matgasnier
    July 8th, 2012 at 03:55 | #4


    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for your praise I really appreciate it!
    Yes you are guessing right, over the last couple of months the Nissan Altima has seen the transition between the 2012 and the all-new 2013 model and this disrupted its sales somewhat. I predict the Altima to get back within the Top 8 by September at the latest.
    Hope this helps

  5. JimC
    July 6th, 2012 at 16:40 | #5

    Hi Matt,

    Just wondering why the Nissan Altima has dropped massively since around May or April.
    Are the consumers holding back and waiting for the new 2013 model?

    By the way, keep up with the great work!

  6. Nick
    July 6th, 2012 at 00:42 | #6

    Malibu sales should be viewed with a grain of salt…GM reported large fleet sales for June, and the 2013 Malibu lineup now contains only the eco model, so supply and choice is very limited. I’m sure the vast majority of the sales are from a massive fleet dump on the 2012 Malibu leftovers.

  7. busang
    July 5th, 2012 at 09:51 | #7

    I think the new Altima has some supply issues like most new cars, 21000 cars is nothing to sniff at though.

  8. July 5th, 2012 at 04:28 | #8

    The Ford F-150 is not a car, is an institution. The Americans just love it! It´s the only pick up able to tow 500kg in a hill without effort.

  9. July 5th, 2012 at 04:27 | #9

    The Ford F-150 is not a car, is an institution. The American just love it! It´s the only pick up able to tow 500kg in a hill without effort.

  10. Rick
    July 4th, 2012 at 19:30 | #10

    Holy crap – +22%, Crisis, …..?
    55000 F150 buyers in just one month. Massive.

    Strange the new Nissan Altima ’13 doesn’t seems to get on steam.
    Recently it was a regular Top 5 guest.

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