Compacts, Crossovers Make Headway in 2011; Pickups in Demand

Three large pickups*, four midsize sedans and three compact models, including two compact conventional cars and one compact crossover (CUV), made up the 10 best-sellers in the US auto market in 2011. Three of the models, including the Ford F-Series, which was the top-volume model in the U.S. for the 30th straight year, were Ford products, while General Motors and Toyota Group each produced two of the 10 models with the highest sales volumes in the US market last year. Renault-Nissan Group and Fiat-Chrysler’s Ram brand each built one of the best-sellers, according to data collected by J.D. Power’s Power Information Network® (PIN) and LMC Automotive.

Some highlights for the 20 best-sellers in the US auto market in 2011:

• Half of the 20 best-sellers were domestic-brand models.

• Half of the 20 best-sellers also were compact models.

• Four compact CUVs made the list in 2011.

• Since it was a new model in December 2010, the Chevrolet Cruze compact conventional car was in the top 10 for the first time.

Ford Escape became the best-selling CUV in the US market, moving from No. 12 to No. 5 in sales rank.

Toyota and Honda still had six models that ranked among the 20 highest-volume models in the US market in 2011, despite inventory shortages following production setbacks in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

• Despite difficulties in Japan, the Toyota Camry remained the best-selling car in America followed by the Nissan Altima. The third-best-selling midsize sedan in 2011 was the Ford Fusion.

• Setbacks didn’t stop the Toyota Corolla from taking the sales crown in the compact conventional car segment, followed by the new Chevrolet Cruze. Both were among the 10 best-sellers in the US auto market.


Model and Rank Segment 2011 Sales 2010 Sales
1. Ford F-Series* Large Pickup 561,521 507,215
2. Chevrolet Silverado* Large Pickup 415,130 370,135
3.Toyota Camry Midsize Conventional 306,156 327,684
4. Nissan Altima Midsize Conventional 268,981 229,263
5. Ford Escape Compact CUV 254,293 191,026
6. Ford Fusion Midsize Conventional 248,067 219,219
7. Ram Pickup* Large Pickup 244,763 196,342
8. Honda Accord Midsize Conventional 235,625 282,530
9.Toyota Corolla Compact Conventional 234,868 196,342
10.Chevrolet Cruze Compact Conventional 231,732   24,495
11.Hyundai Sonata Midsize Conventional 225,961 196,623
12.Honda Civic Compact Conventional 221,235 260,218
13.Honda CR-V Compact CUV 218,373 203,714
14.Chevrolet Malibu Midsize Conventional 204,808 198,770
15.Chevrolet Equinox Compact CUV 193,274 149,979
16.Hyundai Elantra Compact Conventional 186,631 132,246
17.Volkswagen Jetta Compact Conventional 177,358 123,213
18.Ford Focus Compact Conventional 175,717 172,421
19.Chevrolet Impala Large Conventional 171,434 172,078
20.Toyota RAV Compact CUV 132,237 170,877

 Source: J.D. Power’s Power Information Network® (PIN) and LMC Automotive

Note: Total sales include transplant and import production.

*Large pickups include LD and HD model sales totals.



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