By on May 29, 2013

Last time I opened my mouth we went on an exhausting worldwide roundup that crowned the new generation Toyota RAV4 as the most impressive performer. So this time I thought we should just relax and enjoy the sights of California.

Sales by state is a rare luxury so please indulge…

…but don’t expect too many pick-up trucks or Fords or Chevrolets though…

See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here

California is the largest state in the USA in terms of new car sales, 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 in sales statistics by state, so as a result the Prius family is once again the best-selling ‘model’ in California 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. So a very satisfying performance for the Accord really benefiting from the ‘new’ generation of the model…

Toyota Corolla. Picture courtesy of www.autowp.ruToyota Corolla

See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here

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% in the US overall 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. Picture courtesy of NetcarshowTesla Model S

See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here

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?

Finally, notice the Tesla Model S selling 2,406 units or roughly half of all its total US sales over the period!

Check out also:

California (USA) Full Year 2012: Toyota Prius new leader

California (USA) Q4 2012: BMW 3 Series and Mercedes E-Class up

That’s all for today!

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars Blog, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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5 Comments on “Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Who Is Really The Winner In California?...”


  • avatar
    Some Guy

    See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here
    See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here
    See the Top 15 best-selling models in California here

    What’s the deal with this article? Is it some sort of click-through ad revenue scheme?

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Probnably goofy coding. The extra links should be alt text for the photo links.

      I wonder how many of those F-150s and Silverados are fleet buys?

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    It is interesting that the Tesla Model S outsells the Chevy Volt. Looking at the buyer demographics of the Volt, they may be competing for the same customers in many cases. This might not bode well for the Cadillac version of the Volt.

  • avatar
    chicagoland

    “…the 5 most popular cars in California over the period are all Japanese!”

    Um, not a surprise at all, an ‘!’ as if it’s something never heard before?

    Biggest surprise is ‘only’ 48% market share, I expected higher, with all the talk about CA being nearly all Asian makes on freeways.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    No Leaf sales in Q1? Something’s missing from the data.


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