The Top 10 Of June
July 3rd, 2011 7:30 AM Share
Each month, we follow the ups and downs of the car business.
Cars.com has a different hit-parade: Which models sell best? Here are the American Top 10 of June. Uncommented. The numbers speak for themselves.
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- Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
- GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/
- Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
- Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
- Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.
I miss the TTAC of old. Somehow the discussions had more depth and less vitriol. The term "best and brightest" has always been a bit tongue in cheek, but seems to be more firmly so as the months go by. It seems that all of the politics around bailouts and such have moved TTAC more into the realm of a typical auto blog and less out of the realm of being something really special. Hopefully I'm wrong. If anyone wants to comment on a particular vehicle, it is much better when done from a point of personal experiences (as some here have done), rather than the "Oh yeah, well Car and Driver hates it" or "But, Consumer Reports are all idiots" lines of discussion which are fruitless, pointless and annoying. As to the top ten list, there are some actual interesting facts in there. Honda not having any vehicle in the top ten is a huge wake up call. Perhaps some of that is tsunami related, but that is clearly not the whole story. Likewise, Hyundai making an appearance in the top 10 is big news. Chevy having the best selling car is big news. Ram trucks being really back in the game is noteworthy. That both the Fusion and the Malibu are outselling the Camry and Accord is a sea change. Surely some of these ranking may change in the months ahead as the effects of the tsunami subside, but for industry observers these are all unusual data points which make the ears perk up a bit.
Gotta say, every time I see a new Focus, the paint job and general finish impresses me mightily. Plus, I now have seen two cases where people have parked their new Focuses obviously a long way from other cars in the parking lots at malls. To avoid door dings, I bet. Reminds me of the old days when we car nuts used to try to put our Volvos and BMWs far away from the madding crowd, only to watch in disbelief when some doink driving an old Dodge pickup would contrarily park next to one's treasured wheels and throw open the door. Krang!! Nice to see Detroit building such well-finished vehicles that inspire owner devotion. The Cruze is well-made too. The obvious increase in quality is there for all to see, and I think it's working. The game is on.