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California (USA) Q1 2013: Honda Accord best-selling unique model

Honda Accord California March 2013. Picture courtesy of autos.sympatico.caHonda Accord

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California is the largest new car market in the USA and over the first Quarter of 2013 it is up a massive 13% year-on-year to 403,658 registrations, to be compared with +7% in the USA overall. Toyota doesn’t separate sales of different Prius models so as a result the Prius family is once again the best-selling ‘model’ in the State with 15,661 sales and 3.9% share. However the Honda Accord can be considered the most popular unique model here thanks to 15,369 units sold and 3.8% share, passing the Toyota Camry (now #5) and Honda Civic (now #3) that were both above it both over the Full Year 2012 and Q4 2012.

2011 Toyota Corolla S, prototypeToyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla also registers a very impressive gain, up to #4 with 14,188 sales and 3.5% vs. 2.2% over Q4. This means the 5 most popular cars in California over the period are all Japanese. In fact, Japanese brands represent 48% of the Californian car market vs. 37% in the US as a whole, while US brands account for 28% of sales vs. 45% and European marques are at 16% vs. 9%… The Ford F-Series remains the best-selling domestic model, up one spot on 2012 to #6 at 8,806 units and 2.2%.

Tesla Model S California March 2013Tesla Model S

In fact Ford brings two additional models in the Californian Top 15 this year: the Focus is up to #10 with 6,637 sales and the Fusion is up to #12 at 6,507 units. With the Chevrolet Silverado at #14 this makes 4 US models in the Top 15 vs. just two last year. Would American brands be starting to reclaim Los Angeles streets? Notice also the Nissan Altima up to #7 and the Tesla Model S selling 2,406 units or roughly half of all its total US sales over the period!

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