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As is the tradition on BSCB, after going through May figures for the US we now explore year-to-date data to try and extract longer-term trends. After 5 months the American new light vehicle market is up a healthy 5% year-on-year to 6.7 million units, and there is one significant change in the year-to-date Top 10 models this month: below traditional leaders the Ford F-Series (+2%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-1%) both relatively stable, the Toyota Camry (+6%) passes the Ram Pick-up (+21%) to reclaim the third spot it held over the Full Year 2013 with 181,876 units vs. 170,711.
The Nissan Altima remains the 2nd best-selling passenger car in the country in 5th place overall thanks to sales up 7% to 150,342 units, ahead of the Honda Accord (-5%), Toyota Corolla (+8%) and Ford Fusion (1%) with the Honda Civic (+5%) and CR-V (+8%) rounding up the Top 10. The greatest gainers in the Top 50 also include the Chevrolet Cruze at #12 (+18%), Nissan Rogue at #19 (+33%), Nissan Sentra at #22 (+37%), Subaru Forester at #31 (+51%), Hyundai Santa Fe at #45 (+29%) and Mazda CX-5 at #47 (+36%).
If we broaden the net to the Top 100, the fastest growing models are the Lexus IS at #92 (+122%), Buick Encore at #94 (+96%), Acura MDX at #80 (+79%) and BMW X3 at #90 (+75%). As far as all-new models are concerned, only 13 have entered the US ranking over the past 12 months, including 3 in May alone: the Porsche Macan arrives at #233 with 1,263 sales, the Lincoln MKC ranks 243rd with 677 units and the BMW i3 is #249 with 336 sales. Still at the bottom of the ladder for now, with the only newcomer cracking the Top 100 for now being the Jeep Cherokee at #26 with 67,095 units. It is followed by the Infiniti Q50 at #110, Mercedes CLA at #143 and Mitsubishi Mirage at #164.
Brand-wise, below the traditional podium composed of Ford at 1,006,710 sales (-2%), Chevrolet at 839,341 (+2%) and Toyota at 822,698 (+4%), Nissan edges out Honda to step up to 4th place thanks to sales up a magnificent 14% to 544,067 units vs. 543,668 for Honda, stable year-on-year. Jeep is up an astounding 49% year-on-year to #7 with 275,796 sales, Subaru is up 19% to #10, RAM up 24%, BMW up 12%, Lexus up 19%, Infiniti up 18%, Lincoln up 21%, Mitsubishi up 34% and Maserati up 357%.
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Full January-May 2014 Top 266 models and Top 38 brands Ranking Tables below.