After taking you on a World roundup last time, I thought this week we would go back home and explore the best-selling cars in our own backyard.
Boring? That’s OK. You can visit 170 additional countries and territories in my blog in the comfort of your own lounge. Simple really.
Back to the backyard.
And the stars of the month are the Ford F-Series (expected), Honda Civic (not expected) and Dodge Dart (or not).
US new car sales are up a very dynamic 15 percent year-on-year in November to 1,143,505 units, with the year-to-date total at 13,135,576 units, up 14 percent on 2011.
US manufacturers mostly fare worse than the market: General Motors is up 3 percent, Ford up 6 percent and Chrysler up 14 percent.
Reversely, Subaru is up a massive 60 percent on November 2011 and achieves 300,000 annual US sales for the first time in its history, BMW is up a huge 45 percent to deliver its best-ever month in the US at 31,213 units, Honda up 39 percent and hitting its best November sales ever, Volkswagen up 29 percent and lodging its best November since 1973, Audi up 24 percent and already beating its annual sales record after just 11 months, Mazda up 18 percent and achieving its best November since 1994 and Toyota up 17 percent.
Kia sold its 500,000th model in the US so far in 2012, a first for the brand.
There are 5 main bullet points to remember as far as the US models ranking for November is concerned.
1. The Ford F-Series is back in fashion, big time (but was it ever not?)
It’s the 16th consecutive month of year-on-year growth for the Ford F-Series at +18 percent in November and with 56,299 sales it delivers its 4th month in a row above 50,000 monthly sales. For comparison, the Chevrolet Silverado ranks #2 for the 4th month in a row thanks to 30,674 units sold, but its sales are down 10 percent year-on-year.
2. The Honda Civic is on fire (but would it be at full price?)
The best performer of the month is by far the Honda Civic, up 5 spots on October to land in third position overall with 30,075 sales, up a mammoth 75 percent year-on-year and a new November record beating the one set in 1990. This is almost 100% probably due to the current model being in runout mode, days before the unveiling of the 2013 update at the LA Motor Show. Note it is the first time the Honda Civic ranks on the US podium since August 2009, and potentially the 2nd time it ever leads the Passenger Cars ranking after May 2008 when it ranked #1 overall. But would it have achieved these figures at full price? Not so.
The Ford Focus is the best-selling US Passenger Car this month
3. The Ford Focus is on its way up
Below the Chevrolet Silverado, the Toyota Camry is down one spot on October to #4 at 28,765 units but is still up 25 percent year-on-year. It stays #2 year-to-date with 373,479 sales (+36 percent) vs. 367,613 (stable) for the Silverado. The Honda Accord is also down one rank on October to #5 but up a massive 83 percent on November 2011 at 26,248 units. Good month for the Ford Focus, up 56 percent year-on-year to #11 and now the best-selling US Passenger Car.
Top 10 best-selling models in the US – November 2012:
4. It helps to have a new generation on sale says the Nissan Pathfinder (doh!)
Further down, the Nissan Rogue is up 14 spots on October to #22, the BMW 3 Series stays robust at #28 vs. #47 year-to-date, the VW Passat is up 10 to a record #29, the Lexus RX is up 11 to #38, the Nissan Pathfinder is up 51 ranks on last month and 249% year-on-year thanks to the new generation and breaks into the monthly US ranking for the first time since 2005 at #47 with 8,097 sales and the Ford C-Max improves again, up 27 spots to #68 and 4,848 units.
5. Dodge Dart: god or dud?
In the absence of automatic transmission, the Dodge Dart seems to have hit a wall already, down 18 percent and 16 ranks on October to #75 with just 4,489 sales. 6 months after launch, the Dart still hasn’t managed to break into the monthly US Top 50. So, Dart: god or dud? The model looks like it might have more luck in China where it sold 4,075 units this month as the Fiat Viaggio…
Apart from the Ford C-Max, 4 additional recent launches break their monthly volume record this month: the Cadillac ATS is up 70 percent and 23 spots on October to #123 at 2,153 sales, the Acura ILX is up 38 percent and 19 to #126 and 2,108 units, now Acura’s best-selling sedan, the BMW X1 is up 9 percent and one spot to #127 and 2,088 sales and the Subaru XV Crosstrek is up 19 percent and 2 ranks to #130 and 2,060 units.
Finally, notice the Chevrolet Volt down almost 50 percent on October to just above 1,500 sales and back below the Nissan Leaf…
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Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.