Chart Of The Day: Compact Cars In January 2011

chart of the day compact cars in january 2011

The outgoing Ford Focus fell several spots in the C-Segment last month, and the Kia Forte bumped the Mazda3 down a bit… but as new products like the 2011 Elantra and Corolla, and the 2012 Focus hit the market, this crucial segment will see yet more turmoil.

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  • Slavuta Slavuta on Feb 05, 2011

    You can say anything about Corolla but it is still a nice car in some trims. Yes, the LE is terrible but in S it is nice inside. Drives uninspired - true. But it has as many Pros as Cons. One thing I don't understand is Mazda3. BTW, I bought it 3 months ago. Excellent car. Chevy Cruze raise and Civic decline - there is possibility that many people were holding on to buy the Cruze and now they finally can get it. So, as inventory will built it my drop sales. And Civic is in the process of waiting for the new model, so the people may waiting and not buying current. Same with Focus. Jetta is real surprize. I guess, the price was the issue all this time. Now that it is compatitive by price, plus it drives well and has some room to it, it does well. Some people still believe in German engineering.

  • Steven Lang Steven Lang on Feb 05, 2011

    The Chevy and VW numbers were high because the flight buying for this past month was extremely strong.

    A lot of the rental firms are now trying to dump the big bulk of their inventory during the first few months of the year. Tax season (which takes place from mid-February through May) is the prime used car buying season. Selling their vehicles at and right before this time yields higher sales prices.

    Chevy and VW are also attempting to get their vehicles in as many hands as possible. The Cruze is not near to the point of becoming a 'known' car. That usually takes a couple of years.

    As for the Jetta, VW is trying to become a high value brand in the United States. To make that work they have to put their vehicles in as many hands as possible. Which is why their numbers to fleet will likely be at least 50% of their volume this month.

  • MattfromOz MattfromOz on Feb 05, 2011

    Hey guys I have compiled the Top 50 best selling models in the USA in January, if you are interested in seeing how these compact cars compare with the rest of the market. The Chevrolet Cruze is 12th in the general ranking, the first time it ranks within the Top 20. The Chevrolet Impala and Ford Explorer are also doing really well this month. The Top 50 models in January are here: http://bestsellingcars.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/usa-january-2011-chevrolet-cruze-12/#more-2918 cheers Matt

  • MattfromOz MattfromOz on Feb 05, 2011

    Hey guys I have compiled the Top 50 best selling models in the USA in January, if you are interested in seeing how these compact cars compare with the rest of the market. The Chevrolet Cruze is 12th in the general ranking, the first time it ranks within the Top 20. The Chevrolet Impala and Ford Explorer are also doing really well this month. The Top 50 models in January are here: http://bestsellingcars.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/usa-january-2011-chevrolet-cruze-12/#more-2918 cheers Matt

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