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

Chevrolet Malibu

* NOW UPDATED with the All models Top 262! Click on title to see *

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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Full June 2012 Top 262 Ranking Table below.

USA June 2012:

1Ford F-Series55,02511%1301,14114%11
2Chevrolet Silverado33,5663%3194,5086%32
3Toyota Camry32,10750%2213,90345%23
4Chevrolet Malibu31,40232%7141,43715%910
5Honda Accord28,92484%6155,17822%68
6Ford Escape28,50028%12127,1674%1311
7Honda Civic27,50057%4162,58227%47
8Toyota Corolla26,64741%5151,72611%74
9Ford Fusion24,43317%8136,8494%116
10Dodge Ram23,95112%9138,85124%1013
11Honda CR-V23,28250%10146,68232%814
12Nissan Altima21,81212%13157,10119%55
13Ford Focus21,186-1%11131,41234%1217
14Hyundai Sonata20,93112%15117,4122%1512
15Chevrolet Equinox20,79316%16110,89016%1718
16Toyota Prius19,150341%14126,65490%1422
17Chevrolet Cruze18,983-24%17113,884-7%169
18Hyundai Elantra17,655-12%1997,769-5%1916
19Chevrolet Impala17,2746%2098,495-5%1815
20Toyota RAV415,12966%1889,43822%2020
21Jeep Wrangler14,46128%2470,87133%2733
22Ford Explorer14,02234%2177,89418%2223
23VW Jetta13,604-20%2283,203-9%2119
24Kia Optima13,39389%2573,158100%2454
25Jeep Grand Cherokee12,50639%2675,11738%2332
26GMC Sierra12,4791%2872,9458%2521
27Ford Econoline12,10114%3967,26514%3027
28Toyota Tacoma11,86446%3167,15327%3135
29Honda Odyssey11,27556%3061,75617%3434
30Nissan Rogue10,99947%3271,83824%2628
31Dodge Caravan10,9011%2968,96421%2929
32Chrysler 20010,87151%2769,102113%2860
33Kia Sorento10,8268%3557,524-7%3925
34Toyota Sienna10,72816%2358,9857%3731
35Toyota Highlander10,37942%3457,44420%4041
36Ford Mustang10,26316%4048,62425%4851
37Ford Edge10,2596%3365,4369%3226
38VW Passat10,252n/a4255,065n/a42247
39Kia Soul10,199-10%4363,63516%3330
40Honda Pilot9,95910%3654,8766%4336
41GMC Acadia9,79656%4642,1606%5750
42Chevrolet Traverse9,57041%4448,866-2%4739
43Dodge Avenger9,40468%3752,86273%4563
44Subaru Outback9,25417%4554,0545%4438
45Nissan Sentra9,21114%5455,984-14%4124
46Chevrolet Camaro9,1237%4749,6972%4640
47Chrysler Town & Country9,02132%4157,85125%3842
48Nissan Versa8,746101%5060,91933%3543
49Toyota Tundra8,69331%4945,11113%5348
50Lexus RX8,64168%3844,01710%5449
51Dodge Charger8,53218%6245,76321%5252
53Chevrolet Express8,10440%5537,81740%6172
54Jeep Liberty7,89250%6042,33935%5562
55GMC Terrain7,79511%4846,60213%5147
56Kia Forte7,461-9%5340,800-5%5945
57Subaru Forester7,23332%5637,0960%6353
58Buick LaCrosse7,20621%7230,8925%7067
59Ford Taurus6,9865%6138,22113%6059
60Chrysler 3006,971179%6840,801198%58116
61Dodge Journey6,89649%7136,75136%6471
62Chevrolet Sonic6,785new5742,240new56 –
63BMW 3 Series6,740-26%6546,7627%4944
64Hyundai Santa Fe6,703-16%5934,440-1%6656
65Mercedes C Class6,50641%6437,68626%6266
66Chevrolet Tahoe6,42717%5833,274-2%6758
67Subaru Impreza6,319129%5246,702121%5090
68Hyundai Accent5,66057%6636,47052%6579
69Nissan Frontier5,65128%7429,38525%7382
70Jeep Patriot5,590-4%7032,70712%6868
71Mercedes E Class5,589-4%7330,366-5%7161
72BMW 5 Series5,37423%6727,75110%7677
73Infiniti G5,27639%9628,7492%7469
74Buick Enclave5,20730%6327,8660%7570
75Chevrolet Suburban5,13653%7823,06824%8696
76Acura MDX5,12552%7524,1179%8383
77Cadillac CTS5,04620%8425,483-6%7873
78Nissan Maxima4,6051%7930,10414%7274
79Ford Fiesta4,589-17%6931,326-26%6946
80Honda Fit4,584-7%9024,290-29%8157
81Nissan Murano4,47730%8027,17910%7778
82Cadillac SRX4,2608%8925,450-3%7975
83Hyundai Tucson4,231-4%7723,8331%8481
84Toyota 4Runner4,23056%8222,4883%8885
85Toyota Venza4,21024%10219,5039%9997
87Chevrolet Colorado4,12437%9521,45733%90102
88VW Golf4,09224%9120,88318%9298
89Buick Verano4,091new10115,669new114 –
90Jeep Compass4,070-15%9820,513-1%9691
91BMW X54,01527%9719,98126%97103
92Dodge Challenger4,00918%7623,45116%8592
93Fiat 5004,004122%8620,706319%93177
94Mazda CX-53,973new8716,031new113 –
95Kia Sportage3,950-10%10520,582-19%9576
96Subaru Legacy3,89412%8124,27214%8288
97Lexus ES3,78075%11218,26510%106100
98Audi A43,7073%11018,559-1%10494
99Kia Rio3,66888%8522,39688%89123
100Chevrolet Captiva Sport3,511new9917,921new108 –
101Acura TL3,37747%10818,05317%107108
102Hyundai Genesis3,3747%9318,98223%100107
103Ford Expedition3,3619%10418,6130%10395
104Dodge Durango3,295-43%9221,446-9%9180
105Hyundai Veloster3,232new10018,829new101 –
106Ford Flex3,14034%9416,48919%112115
107Lincoln MKZ3,13733%12114,5394%118114
108Nissan Juke3,10153%10718,7287%10299
109Acura RDX3,090189%10611,27359%130155
110VW Beetle2,914new11112,6541116%123232
111Mercedes M Class2,891-6%10920,62645%94112
112VW Tiguan2,88517%11914,9406%116113
113BMW X32,82518%12014,41713%119120
114Audi Q52,78061%12313,54422%121130
115Nissan Pathfinder2,70628%12215,35025%115121
116Ford Transit Connect2,693-10%8816,954-10%11093
117Scion FR-S2,684new2402,770new211 –
118Volvo S602,6499%12912,44913%124131
119Acura TSX2,60244%11317,61424%109111
120Lexus IS2,57258%11514,1949%120118
121Infiniti JX352,428new1147,725new157 –
122GMC Yukon XL2,34352%1398,975-2%147139
123Nissan Titan2,33242%12710,67920%135140
124Buick Regal2,326-34%11714,828-33%11784
126GMC Yukon2,279-24%11812,662-16%122109
127Mercedes Sprinter2,14012%1319,27612%144145
128Scion tC2,1284%12611,559-10%129119
129GMC Savana2,10515%11612,05615%127135
130Mercedes GLK2,0526%12812,2807%126127
131Lexus GS2,020606%13311,070432%132214
132Toyota Yaris2,00743%10319,97171%98125
133Nissan Quest1,997103%13810,743107%134171
134Cadillac Escalade1,96417%17310,555-9%139126
135Mercedes GL Class1,938-25%14311,5825%128132
136Lincoln MKX1,9228%12512,42815%125134
137Scion xB1,869126%13710,20619%140144
138VW CC1,859-41%1478,757-46%150101
139Kia Sedona1,829-12%13510,612-4%138133
140Honda Crosstour1,82631%1328,963-11%148138
141Mini Countryman1,81928%1409,26014%145147
142Toyota Avalon1,768-19%13416,65124%111117
143Nissan Armada1,76327%1489,4749%142142
144Chevrolet Volt1,760214%1458,817221%149204
145Audi A61,745227%1448,584140%152192
146Mazda CX-91,724-4%14211,108-29%131106
147Chevrolet Avalanche1,7193%13011,00226%133143
148Volvo XC601,62621%1418,51114%153153
149Audi A51,60718%1568,0022%156151
150Nissan Xterra1,5809%1528,6869%151149
151Mitsubishi Galant1,534116%13610,6263%137137
152Mitsubishi Lancer1,529-21%1518,495-18%154136
153Chevrolet Corvette1,47513%1587,0222%160157
154Mitsubishi Outlander Sport1,46113%1558,0503%155150
155Lexus CT1,387478%1499,446151%143189
156Ford Police Interceptor Sedan1,342new1712,856new209 –
157Mazda CX-71,320-33%15410,659-32%136104
158Range Rover Sport1,2350%1607,2073%159156
159Honda Ridgeline1,185102%1597,26940%158172
160Suzuki SX41,1615%1646,4577%165161
161Dodge Cargo Van1,141newn/a3,443new200 –
162Toyota Sequoia1,09318%1676,2496%167162
163Lincoln MKS1,091-10%1636,80431%162173
164Acura ILX1,081new2311,249new229 –
165Toyota FJ Cruiser1,0747%1576,378-7%166159
166VW Routan1,0570%1815,022-19%173160
168Infiniti QX561,04425%1706,46915%164165
169Porsche Cayenne1,0322%1616,487-6%163158
170Scion xD1,01777%1695,5027%171174
171Smart Fortwo1,017n/a1984,74886%179206
172Hyundai Azera1,001351%1653,166189%202229
173Dodge Caliber995-75%1538,982-58%14687
174Mercedes S Class981-16%1685,510-1%170166
175Ford Ranger916-86%14618,442-39%10565
177GMC Canyon88019%1745,64136%168185
178Porsche 91186144%1784,83346%178195
179Volvo C7083653%2112,864-3%208199
180Subaru BRZ818new2251,089new234 –
181Infiniti M81525%1804,941-10%174167
182Lexus GX80845%1864,888-13%175164
183VW Touareg79475%1994,51446%181196
184Mercedes CLS Class7826%1913,928196%192224
185Volvo XC90758-27%1844,838-5%177175
186Cadillac XTS753new –753new239 –
187Nissan NV75170%1834,88570%176201
188Range Rover734-22%1944,160-18%187176
189Nissan 370Z72012%1754,473-2%182182
190VW Eos713-19%1883,688-1%196191
191Nissan Cube711-46%1934,085-64%189128
192Scion iQ702new1775,084new172 –
193BMW 1 Series70117%2014,164-9%186181
194Lincoln MKT69776%1853,64846%197210
195Land Rover LR4689-9%2033,764-8%195186
196Audi Q7688-18%1724,449-6%183180
197Mitsubishi Outlander687-16%1964,067-15%190179
198Hyundai Veracruz671-31%1823,783-9%194184
199Range Rover Evoque663new1974,355new184 –
200Audi A7652-15%1874,249113%185216
201Mercedes R Class651768%2351,370-25%227217
202BMW X66495%1902,8363%210203
203BMW 6 Series642106%1923,577222%199227
204Mazda MX-56213%2023,42611%201197
205Audi A362045%2003,5786%198194
206Porsche Panamera6192%1894,10517%188193
207Lincoln Navigator617-4%2053,8562%193188
208Infiniti FX6117%2064,697-5%180178
209Ford Police Interceptor Utility603new1792,173new220 –
210Audi A859724%2072,548-11%217202
211BMW 7 Series539-1%1625,6043%169168
212Nissan LEAF535-69%2093,148-19%203187
213Suzuki Kizashi524-5%2043,018-19%206190
214Volvo S804961%2181,917-24%222208
215Honda Insight494-52%2084,041-64%191129
216Jaguar XF4893%2122,97324%207212
217Lexus LS4764%2153,036-28%205183
218Volvo XC70465-10%2142,6222%213205
219Porsche Boxster464117%252624-44%241228
220Jaguar XJ449-31%2102,668-12%212198
221Suzuki Grand Vitara4192%2132,5620%216207
222Honda CR-Z409-58%2222,404-70%218148
223Hyundai Equus35561%2191,98543%221220
224Mercedes SL Class346217%1951,57566%224236
225Lexus LX326147%2172,56874%215219
226Chevrolet Caprice PPV325674%2201,1801715%231250
227Mercedes SLK301-11%2162,264107%219230
228Toyota Land Cruiser294345%2261,18938%230237
229Land Rover LR228124%2281,50525%225226
230Volvo C30276-18%2271,367-16%228218
231Infiniti EX262-39%2211,796-38%223200
232Ford Crown Victoria241-95%2232,577-91%21464
233BMW Z4240-52%2241,412-31%226215
234Dodge Dart202new –202new256 –
235Suzuki Equator195-6%230948-7%235233
236Audi TT1902%2291,1429%232231
237Subaru Tribeca1842%2321,091-14%233225
238Mitsubishi Eclipse126-94%234884-83%237170
239Nissan GT-R1045%236583-30%243238
240Jaguar XK92-65%237865-10%238235
241Mercedes SLS AMG86378%24355961%244246
242Dodge Nitro81-96%2333,137-74%204122
243Lincoln Town Car80-92%238687-88%240163
244Cadillac DTS79-91%244429-95%249141
245Audi R878-28%239503-16%245243
246Acura ZDX63-39%242416-56%251234
247Mercedes CL Class589%247387-24%253244
248Mercedes G Class50-66%245461-27%247242
249Mitsubishi Endeavour41-98%246418-92%250169
250Mitsubishi i-MiEV33new241333new254 –
251Acura RL32-46%248214-74%255239
252Porsche Cayman26-78%251401-45%252241
253Cadillac STS22-85%254142-94%257209
254Buick Lucerne21-98%249943-93%236110
255Dodge Dakota18-98%250459-94%248146
256Chevrolet HHR11-99% –20-100%26255
257Lexus HS10-94%253622-54%242221
258Chevrolet Cobalt7-93% –11-99%264240
259Chevrolet Aveo3-100%25556-100%25989
260Lexus LFA2-71%25624-17%261253
261Mazda Tribute1-99%257501-63%246223
262Volvo S401-100% –50-98%260211

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This Post Has 10 Comments
  1. @JimC

    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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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