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Now that we have explored in detail the May 2012 US models ranking let’s pause on the year-to-date ranking to see what longer-term trends can be extracted. Even if the American car market seem pretty stable month after month the entire Top 10 apart from the #1 spot has already been completely reshuffled in 2012 compared to 2011. If the Ford F-Series seem certain to lodge yet another year in pole position (it will be its 31st in a row) with sales up 15%, the #2 spot is now in the hands of the Toyota Camry thanks to the new generation and sales up 44% year-on-year to 181,796. It passes the Chevrolet Silverado down to #3 with 160,942 units. If the Camry holds onto its 2nd place up until the end of the year it will be the first time it ranks that high since 2009.
The Toyota Camry is #2 overall for the first time since 2009.
The Nissan Altima stays at a very solid 4th position with sales up 20% and could potentially aim even higher once the new generation is on sale across the country later this year. The 3 Hondas in the Top 10 all lodge significant increases: the Civic is up 7 spots on its FY 2011 ranking to #5 with 135,082 sales, the Accord is up 3 to #6 and 126,254 and the CR-V is up 5 to #8 and 123,400. Notice also the Ford Fusion down 4 ranks to #10, the Ford Focus up 7 and 57% to #11, the Toyota Prius up 8 and 73% to #13 and the Chevrolet Cruze down 9 spots to #14.
Other great performers in the Top 100 include the Kia Optima up 20 ranks and 103% to #26, the Chrysler 200 up 18 and 131% to #27, the VW Passat up 86 and 218% to #43, the Dodge Avenger up 17 and 75% to #45, the Subaru Impreza up 36 and 105% to #51, the Chevrolet Sonic landing directly at #54 with 34,455 sales, the Chrysler 300 up 39 spots and 203% to #57, the Mazda6 up 27 and 76% to #72, the Kia Rio up 48 and 88% to #85, the Toyota Yaris up 18 and 75% to #89 and the Fiat 500 up 39 and 432% to #96.
Further down, the VW Beetle is up 837% to #128 thanks to its new generation, the Lexus GS is up 404% to #135, the Lexus CT up 128% to #141, the Chevrolet Volt up 223% to #148, the Audi A6 up 125% to #152, the Audi A7 up 195% to #186, the Mercedes CLS up 433% to #194, the BMW 6 series up 267% to #201 and the Hyundai Azera up 148% to #211.
There are 15 all-new models in the 5 months 2012 US ranking, among them the Hyundai Veloster at #102, the Chevrolet Captiva Sport at #110, the Buick Verano at #118, the Mazda CX-5 at #119 and already ahead of the CX-7 (#125) and CX-9 (#132), the Infiniti JX at #165, the Scion iQ at #173, the Range Rover Evoque at #185 and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at #249. The arrival of the Subaru BRZ, Acura ILX and Scion FR-S is covered in the May 2012 US article.
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Full 5 months 2012 Top 268 Ranking Table below.