Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What Cars Americans Bought in 2001
After sharing with you the launch of the Africa Project and a couple of world updates ( Top 150 best-selling models in June 2012 and our monthly World Roundup for July 2012), today I will commemorate the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in my own way: by sharing with you sales data in the US at that time.
Not in the mood? There are 167 other countries and territories in my blog ready for you to explore.
Back to the USA in 2001. That year a volume record was beaten and it was the last time a Honda led the passenger cars ranking…
In 2001, the Ford F-Series passes a historical milestone: 900,000 sales in one year for the first time for Ford’s nameplate. At 911,597 units it is up 4 percent compared to 2000. This annual figure would be beaten in 2004 when the F-Series lodges a record 939,511 sales – still unbeaten to this day. This figure is however not the highest ever in the US, with the Ford Model T and Chevrolet Impala selling upwards of one million annual units at their peak.
The F-Series broke another record in 2001: 102,424 sales in a single month in October. And again this record would be beaten, this time in 2005 at 126,905 units, or one every 21 seconds!
In second place we find the Chevrolet Silverado, up 11% year-on-year to 716,051 sales…
…followed by the Ford Explorer at #3 despite dropping 7 percent to 415,921 sales.
After 4 consecutive years of domination by the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord reclaims the title of US best-selling passenger car for the first time in 10 years and the 4th time overall after 1989, 1990 and 1991. It sells 414,718 units, up 3 percent on 2000.
…while the Toyota Camry, in-between two generations, is down 8 percent in 5th place with 390,449 sales. 2001 would be the only time in 15 years (1997-2011) that the Toyota Camry is not the best-selling passenger car in the US…
The Ford Taurus stays down 7 percent to 353,560 units…
…the Honda Civic is up one spot and 2 percent to
…passing the Ford Ranger down 17 percent to 272,460 sales…
…while the Ford Focus stays #10 in spite of sales down 8 percent to 264,414. The Focus is indeed the 5th Ford in the US Top Ten in 2001, how times have changed since!
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.
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