Chart Of The Day: Compact Cars In September

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Thought the Midsized segment was heating up in September? A mere 633 units separate the Cruze and Corolla in their battle to become the best-selling Compact in America for 2011. And the way Elantra and Jetta are moving up the chart, this segment could could get a lot more interesting by the end of the year. In fact, the Focus’s weak performance this month makes it vulnerable to the Jetta in the Year-to-Date sweepstakes, despite appearing to be a strong entry in the segment. Back in July it was reported that Focus production was being slowed due to problems with a supplier of dashboard skins. At the time, a Ford dealer told the Associated Press

I know they’re working 24/7 trying to address whatever component issues they have. It’s a high-visibility issue with Ford Motor Co., and senior management is very concerned and very involved.

So, is there still a supply problem, or is the Focus just not selling? A quick look at inventory data shows that Focus started September with a 33 days supply and ended with a 74-day supply, which implies that any supply problems were solved last month. Going forward, the Focus should find its sales stride… or it will become another scalp on the Jetta’s belt.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Oct 10, 2011

    I can't believe the Jetta's that high and the Impreza's that low.

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    • 30-mile fetch 30-mile fetch on Oct 13, 2011

      "I can’t believe the Jetta’s that high and the Impreza’s that low" Well, let's see. A cheapo interior that falls shy of the Jetta despite it's decontenting, and has less interior space. Mandatory AWD that both drives up the MSRP and helps keep fuel economy in the basement, well below most midsizers. I can see why the Jetta has greater appeal for more people.

  • Kevin Kluttz Kevin Kluttz on Oct 10, 2011

    I just can't understand why anyone still would buy a GM car. Reputation, anyone? Short memories? "Buy 'Murrican" parents erroneously telling their children that they must buy GM? Bunch of crazy idiots out there.

    • Eldard Eldard on Oct 13, 2011

      GM folks are still quite okay, though. As for Chrysler folks, now that's a group that really needs help.

  • Alan This outcome was certain.The US, Australia and Canada need to approach this differently. A policy towards plug in hybrids should of been a first step. As in CAFE gradually tighten FE from there.There's no reason why you can't have a 2 litre F-150 with electric motors putting out 400-500hp. A 2 litre turbo is good for 200hp more than enough to move a pickup.Also increase fuel tax/excise every year to fill the void in loss of revenue.
  • Doug brockman hardly. Their goals remain to punish us by mandating unsafe unreliable unaffordable battery powered cars
  • Lorenzo It looks like the curves are out and the boxy look is back. There's an upright windscreen, a decided lack of view obstructing swoop in the rear side panels, and you can even see out of the back window. Is Lexus borrowing from the G-Class Mercedes, or the Range Rover?
  • Lorenzo Didn't those guys actually test drive cars? I was told that one drove like an old lady, another like a maniac, and the third like a nervous middle aged commuter who needs to get to work on time and can't afford big repair bills, and they got together to pass judgement within their individual expertise. No?
  • Lorenzo Aw, I don't care what they call the models, as long as they don't use those dots over the O's.