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USA March 2013: Nissan Altima finds its groove UPDATED

Nissan Altima USA March 2013Nissan Altima

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 260 All-models ranking! Click on title to see *

The US new car market slows down its growth in March, up just 3% to 1,452,946 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 3,688,662 units, up 6% on 2012. The Ford F-Series continues to impress, delivering its 20th straight month of year-on-year growth, up 16% on March 2012 to 67,513 sales, which is also its 2nd best monthly volume in the last 12 months below just last December. The Chevrolet Silverado is far behind at 39,561 units, while the best-selling Passenger Car this month is a surprise: almost a year after its launch the new generation Nissan Altima seems to finally have found its groove: in spite of sales down 8% year-on-year it is up 3 spots on February to land on the third step of the podium at 37,763 units – only 100 above the Toyota Camry.

Chrysler 200S USA March 2013Chrysler 200S

The Honda Accord keeps on roaring, up 36% year-on-year to 36,504 sales at #5 and still #4 year-to-date with sales up 45% on 2012. The Dodge Ram gets a kick this month, up 3 ranks on February and 25% year-on-year to #6 at 33,831 units. The Ford Fusion is down 3 to #8 but breaks the 30,000 monthly unit milestone for the very first time at a record 30,284 sales while the Ford Escape also reaches its strongest ever monthly volume at 28,934 units, up 28% to #9. The Hyundai Elantra is up 33% to #12, its highest ranking in over a year, the Ford Explorer up 40% to #17 and the Chrysler 200 up 8 spots on February to break into the Top 20 for the very first time at #19.

2013 Chevrolet Traverse CrossoverChevrolet Traverse

Further down, notice the Dodge Avenger up 33% year-on-year to #32, the Chevrolet Traverse up 54% to #41, GMC Acadia up 77% to #45 and the Nissan Pathfinder up 177% to #51. As far as newcomers are concerned, the Dodge Dart is back out of the Top 50, down 8 ranks on last month to #57, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is up 15 spots to #84, the Cadillac XTS up 11 to #118 and Buick Encore up 21 to #120.

Previous month: USA February 2013: Is it the end of the tunnel for US sedans?

One year ago: USA March 2012: Nissan Altima and Honda CR-V deliver record month

Full March 2013 Top 260 All-models Ranking Table below.

USA March 2013:

PosModelMar/12Feb2013/12Pos2012
1Ford F-Series67,51316%1168,84317%11
2Chevrolet Silverado39,5618%2116,64922%22
3Nissan Altima37,763-8%686,952-10%56
4Toyota Camry37,663-11%3100,830-4%33
5Honda Accord36,50436%488,42745%44
6Dodge Ram33,83125%977,59415%87
7Toyota Corolla31,42311%780,24417%78
8Ford Fusion30,2846%580,55826%612
9Ford Escape28,93428%872,98324%910
10Honda Civic27,665-2%1072,259-6%105
11Honda CR-V26,897-13%1265,374-12%119
12Hyundai Elantra26,15333%1654,54623%1518
13Ford Focus24,929-12%1161,898-6%1211
14Chevrolet Cruze23,2608%1455,731-2%1413
15Chevrolet Equinox20,9975%1358,86914%1316
16Ford Explorer18,59940%1548,64945%1722
17Chevrolet Malibu18,539-22%1949,179-16%1617
18Hyundai Sonata18,031-23%1747,285-14%1815
19Chrysler 20016,59311%2736,88517%2732
20Toyota RAV416,474-5%2141,4134%2019
21Nissan Versa15,9172%2339,28712%2342
22Nissan Rogue15,381-9%3434,296-15%2826
23Toyota Tacoma15,20121%2439,46723%2229
24VW Jetta15,0050%2637,495-3%2520
25Chevrolet Impala14,766-22%1844,343-12%1921
26Toyota Prius14,654-22%2537,334-15%2614
27Kia Optima14,366-4%2238,81310%2425
28Nissan Sentra13,965-1%3233,0024%3044
29GMC Sierra13,8170%2040,79618%2123
30Jeep Wrangler12,9013%3131,8467%3227
31Jeep Grand Cherokee12,629-10%3933,133-12%2924
32Dodge Avenger12,43933%3332,04748%3148
33Ford Edge12,237-13%3631,534-4%3330
34Kia Soul12,080-11%3829,013-11%3739
35Toyota Sienna12,06218%4129,05220%3641
36Chrysler Town & Country11,626-7%4426,765-3%4243
37Toyota Highlander11,3873%4029,52813%3435
38Ford Econoline11,316-8%4627,639-5%4034
39Honda Pilot11,20711%3728,22611%3840
40Dodge Caravan11,110-19%2926,490-23%4328
41Chevrolet Traverse10,94454%4326,41222%4450
42Honda Odyssey10,923-2%4526,233-5%4531
43Mazda310,505-21%2829,133-14%3533
44Subaru Outback10,453-4%4228,1014%3937
45GMC Acadia10,00677%5621,82227%5458
46Kia Sorento10,005-3%4725,9550%4736
47VW Passat9,521-5%4925,9096%4838
48Dodge Charger9,386-3%3026,09816%4653
49Toyota Tundra9,2708%5123,58015%4945
50Lexus RX9,07229%5521,40420%5549
51Nissan Pathfinder9,071177%5322,366172%5393
52Subaru Forester9,05046%6421,14425%5660
53BMW 3 Series8,858-10%5420,662-16%5746
54GMC Terrain8,4540%3526,80621%4147
55Mercedes C Class8,39632%5222,91226%5255
56Chevrolet Camaro8,102-13%5919,198-12%6051
57Dodge Dart8,091new4822,965new51125
58Chevrolet Tahoe7,83739%6716,77221%6865
59Ford Mustang7,688-15%6117,320-14%6552
60Jeep Patriot7,4208%5818,99719%6168
61Dodge Journey7,283-5%5022,99227%5057
62Hyundai Santa Fe7,11622%5719,44634%5963
63Mazda CX-57,11696%6617,811347%6390
64Subaru Impreza7,054-28%6218,951-21%6254
65Ford Taurus7,003-1%6916,98414%6666
66Toyota Avalon6,982110%6317,52574%64114
67Chevrolet Sonic6,907-16%6020,109-8%5856
68Nissan Frontier6,81812%11012,178-14%8378
69Lexus ES6,798116%7516,80196%6777
70Ford Fiesta6,7283%7116,0283%7075
71Dodge Challenger6,13242%7414,54038%7491
72Mazda66,102-22%11210,951-39%94110
73Nissan Maxima6,088-12%7314,007-20%7571
74Chevrolet Express6,0653%6515,531-1%7259
75Kia Forte5,931-29%7215,342-17%7361
76Chrysler 3005,686-22%7016,034-20%6964
77Buick Enclave5,67655%6815,81244%7176
78Hyundai Accent5,669-32%7613,914-25%7669
79Infiniti G5,572-7%7812,916-16%8070
80Dodge Durango5,44118%7713,57023%7894
81BMW 5 Series5,306-3%7912,139-4%8474
82Jeep Compass5,11128%8712,00332%8598
83Nissan Murano4,870-21%8311,853-22%8779
84Subaru XV Crosstrek4,688new9910,710new95205
85Toyota 4Runner4,60913%8413,07330%7983
86Honda Fit4,6021%8811,533-9%8881
87Chevrolet Captiva Sport4,57671%8612,37971%82102
88Subaru Legacy4,400-18%9011,329-6%9185
89Cadillac SRX4,3685%8212,856-3%8172
90Mazda CX-94,281124%1148,99149%109128
91Buick LaCrosse4,157-2%9311,372-16%9073
92VW Beetle4,082107%9210,010114%97117
93Hyundai Tucson4,073-3%9511,0100%9382
94Toyota Prius C4,026new1019,865new98107
95Mercedes E Class4,009-28%8013,689-1%7767
96Kia Rio4,009-11%979,818-8%9997
97Toyota Venza3,96513%8911,08128%9292
98Audi A43,95120%1029,79513%10099
99Mini3,931-8%1139,047-10%10887
100Nissan Juke3,916-6%1069,106-4%107104
101BMW X53,87636%8511,89137%8688
102Acura RDX3,875285%1089,159216%106115
103Fiat 5003,8073%989,6129%10389
104Ford C-Max3,769new1009,677new102164
105Ford Transit Connect3,65523%9410,42640%96106
106Cadillac ATS3,587new969,750new101212
107Buick Verano3,56443%8111,395129%8995
108Chevrolet Spark3,538new1058,782new110169
109Mercedes M Class3,501-14%1119,162-20%105100
110Toyota Prius V3,460-30%1178,525-29%11297
111Chevrolet Suburban3,378-7%919,415-5%10484
112VW Tiguan3,30424%1187,95110%116112
113Acura MDX3,207-15%1048,728-14%11180
114Hyundai Genesis3,124-9%1198,113-1%115109
115Audi Q53,09939%1098,19637%114119
116Acura TL3,0805%1276,793-19%127111
117Ford Expedition3,0702%1227,928-6%117101
118Cadillac XTS3,061new1297,130new124159
119BMW X33,03142%1287,2118%123107
120Buick Encore3,003new1414,953new143 –
121Nissan Xterra2,91373%1714,8906%144154
122VW Golf2,854-21%1038,523-29%11396
123Mercedes GL Class2,80342%1077,61848%119124
124Cadillac CTS2,791-38%1167,862-35%11886
125BMW X12,764new1475,411new137187
126Mercedes GLK2,69411%1207,51025%120116
127Hyundai Veloster2,693-30%1336,357-28%129108
128Kia Sportage2,680-26%1237,436-25%121105
129GMC Yukon2,65535%1156,91713%125122
130Infiniti JX352,633388%1246,9031178%126136
131Mazda52,526101%1266,66669%128160
132Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2,44249%1375,43631%136149
133Toyota Yaris2,393-32%1307,335-28%122113
134Lincoln MKZ2,360-19%1733,758-47%163121
135Lincoln MKX2,354-10%1346,066-6%132126
136GMC Yukon XL2,29264%1425,06539%141131
137Lexus IS2,255-17%1435,173-22%138123
138Nissan LEAF2,236286%1903,539104%164184
139Ford Flex2,167-35%1355,444-20%135120
140Nissan Titan2,08420%1385,11211%139138
141Acura ILX2,059new1325,614new134170
142Chevrolet Avalanche2,057-1%1256,25914%131129
143Volvo S601,957-25%1315,9470%133132
144Cadillac Escalade1,9448%1405,11011%140134
145Lexus GS1,882-26%1664,089-19%155135
146Scion FR-S1,828new1524,640new147172
147Scion xB1,778-13%1454,557-6%148143
148VW CC1,77033%1644,085-2%156137
149Mini Countryman1,76111%1364,83917%145139
150Audi A61,74618%1514,37522%149147
151Honda Ridgeline1,71241%1554,26511%150162
152Volvo XC601,6908%1464,75223%146146
153Mitsubishi Lancer1,651-3%1216,26750%130156
154Scion tC1,631-28%1584,139-21%154133
155Audi A51,628-5%1624,0018%159153
156Buick Regal1,605-38%1484,084-42%157127
157Mercedes Sprinter1,52911%1603,83422%162140
158Honda Crosstour1,52212%1594,02920%158141
159Porsche Cayenne1,50820%1614,18144%152157
160Acura TSX1,492-55%1534,176-54%153118
161Chevrolet Volt1,478-35%1394,2448%151130
162Jeep Liberty1,408-81%1444,972-77%14262
163Range Rover Sport1,3862%1563,8989%161155
164Nissan Quest1,345-48%1633,454-31%166148
165Nissan Armada1,335-27%1503,934-22%160150
166Nissan NV1,2905%1573,28517%170181
167Suzuki SX41,220-11%1892,859-14%179167
168Mercedes S Class1,21624%1743,07720%172171
169Range Rover Evoque1,15747%1703,06741%173188
170Infiniti QX561,143-14%1683,370-4%168158
171Toyota Sequoia1,1401%1673,3845%167166
172Hyundai Azera1,117773%1852,7091604%183193
173Audi Q71,09252%1762,90148%176176
174Ford Police Interceptor Utility1,0903937%1832,5489337%184217
175Lexus CT1,062-52%1653,245-34%171151
176Chevrolet Corvette1,053-23%1722,9410%175161
177BMW 7 Series1,046-18%1882,338-31%187174
178Porsche 911990113%1782,72236%182192
179Lexus LS98071%1842,86072%178195
180Infiniti FX968-2%1952,155-29%190180
181GMC Savana955-54%1772,885-43%177142
182Smart Fortwo929-7%1862,193-3%189183
183Ford Police Interceptor Sedan9263207%1812,4588679%186196
184Mazda2925-40%1693,496-52%165145
185Lincoln MKS924-45%1752,755-16%181168
186Mitsubishi Outlander91730%1492,95344%174201
187Subaru BRZ905new2081,788new198230
188BMW 6 Series87715%1872,07122%193198
189Suzuki Kizashi87056%2271,60212%204219
190Scion xD812-25%1942,032-20%194177
191Range Rover809-14%1822,79030%180200
192Jaguar XF80030%1971,89922%196220
193Audi A77970%1962,0833%192191
194Nissan Cube793-15%1931,951-6%195203
195Lexus GX770-18%1912,131-15%191175
196Toyota FJ Cruiser764-42%1543,3519%169163
197VW Touareg726-3%1792,52410%185178
198Dodge Cargo Van7091%2001,7606%200211
199Nissan 370Z669-39%2171,378-33%210206
200Mercedes SL Class659791%2061,484450%207224
201Land Rover LR4649-24%1991,778-10%199207
202Volvo XC90641-32%2041,651-36%203185
203Infiniti M641-34%2011,568-44%205186
204Lincoln Navigator616-4%1921,827-14%197194
205BMW 1 Series594-44%2111,291-38%212202
206Porsche Boxster5783111%2131,3611248%211238
207Mazda MX-5573-20%2201,235-15%215214
208Lincoln MKT571-27%2031,4930%206210
209Mercedes CLS Class563-22%1981,695-3%201199
210Audi A856335%2101,46237%208216
211Chevrolet Colorado560-85%1802,210-78%188103
212Ford Heavy Trucks517-3%2021,66717%202209
213Honda Insight454-56%2141,161-49%217218
214Mercedes SLK453-20%2181,1344%218226
215Honda CR-Z451-16%2161,190-13%216229
216Jaguar XJ440-15%2091,2452%214225
217Volvo XC70431-5%2191,120-17%219221
218Porsche Panamera411-37%2151,384-26%209204
219BMW X641065%2051,26422%213213
220Suzuki Grand Vitara407-26%231838-24%224223
221VW Eos403-39%224977-32%222215
222Scion iQ383-70%2221,009-60%221189
223Lexus LX366-45%2231,026-23%220222
224Acura RLX336new251352new244 –
225BMW Z431621%2376242%233240
226Land Rover LR231316%22588615%223236
227Hyundai Equus291-17%226814-12%225231
228Volvo C70259-55%235600-47%235227
229Mercedes G Class250184%233612134%234246
230Toyota Land Cruiser24723%228740-68%227237
231Chevrolet Caprice PPV24199%23067984%229232
232Mitsubishi Galant216-92%229649-88%230165
233Volvo C301999%236522-25%237239
234Suzuki Equator19927%2434578%242243
235Audi TT189-14%241463-15%241241
236Volvo S80188-46%239515-35%238234
237Mini Paceman169new –169new246 –
238Jaguar XK168-12%238441-20%243244
239GMC Canyon154-84%234636-88%231190
240Subaru Tribeca151-17%232504-14%239242
241Infiniti EX146-61%240464-54%240233
242Nissan GT-R122-12%24426819%245247
243Audi A3120-81%212743-56%226208
244Audi R868-24%246167-31%247251
245Kia Sedona54-97%242555-89%236152
246Mercedes CL Class53-17%247155-26%248254
247Nissan NV20047new –47new252 –
248Mercedes SLS AMG44-64%248119-58%250252
249Acura ZDX43-51%25099-50%251253
250VW Routan39-93%207704-68%228179
251Hyundai Veracruz39-94%245136-92%249197
252Mitsubishi i-MiEV31-45%221625360%232256
253Mitsubishi Eclipse15-93%25242-91%254248
254Mitsubishi Endeavor14-82%25524-91%256258
255Acura RL8-79%25332-68%255262
256Mercedes R Class5-96%25420-95%257245
257Lexus LFA40%2569-36%258267
258Dodge Viper3n/a2604-80%259270
259Buick Lucerne2-98% –4-99%260250
260Lexus HS1-100%2592-100%262255

Source: online.wsj.com, www.goodcarbadcar.net

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