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As predicted 2 weeks ago, the US new car market is up 9% year-on-year in December to 1,355,998 registrations, bringing the Full Year 2012 total to 14,491,873 units, up a fantastic 14% on 2011 and the best year in the country since 2007. Ford and GM did go hard on incentives for their pick-up truck range as anticipated. The Ford F-Series lodges its highest monthly volume in over 5 years (since August 2007!) at 68,787 units and finishes the year at 645,316 sales, up 10% on 2011 and here too its best year since 2007.
For the Chevrolet Silverado the impact is greater, with sales up 6% year-on-year to a huge 50,699 units, its first time above 50,000 monthly sales since August 2008 and enabling it to return to #2 overall above the Toyota Camry while it spent most of the year at #3… The Honda Civic delivers another outstanding month and is the best-selling Passenger Car in the country for the 2nd month running (and only the 3rd time ever after May 2008) with 33,118 sales, up a massive 61% on December 2011. The Toyota Camry stays #4 at 31,407 units (-6%) and is the most popular Passenger Car over the Full Year for the 11th consecutive time at 404,886 units, up a very healthy 31% on 2011.
The Dodge Ram is up 16% to #5 while the Honda Accord also shines, up 67% year-on-year to #6. A slightly disappointing performance for the Nissan Altima down 8% to #9, however the Ford Focus continues to be very strong, breaking into the overall US Top 10 for the first time in a while at #10 with 22,604 sales, up 58% year-on-year and once again the best-selling US Passenger Car this month. Notice also the Chevrolet Cruze up 27% to #11, the Hyundai Elantra up 46% to #17 and the GMC Sierra up 7 spots on November to #18.
Further down, the VW Passat is up to a best-ever #22 with a record 14,462 sales, now just below the VW Jetta at #21, the Lexus RX is up 12 ranks to #12, the Subaru Forester up 14 to #47, Nissan Pathfinder solid at #51 vs. #93 in the Full Year, Dodge Dart back up 9 spots to #66 vs. #33 in Canada and the Toyota Avalon up a whopping 84 ranks to #79. Among recent launches, notice the Ford C-Max down 17 to #85, the Subaru XV Crosstrek up 25 to #105, Cadillac ATS up 10 to #113, Cadillac XTS up 2 to #115 and the BMW X1 up 7 to #120.
December prediction: USA December 2012: Predicted at +9%, best year since 2007
Full December 2012 Top 263 All-models Ranking Table below.