Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Puerto Rico No Compre Americano

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

After travelling to Iran, Japan, and what cars the wealthiest Americans buy, let’s cross the Caribbean see to land in Puerto Rico today.

Don’t feel like white sandy beaches and impossibly warm waters? No worries. You can discover the best-selling models in 168 additional countries and territories in my blog. Or look at a more general view of the US market with the Top 277 best-selling models in the USA over the first 9 months 2012

Back to Puerto Rico.

The first striking thing about the Puerto Rican car market is how well the Japanese manufacturers are doing and how, well not so well the Americans are faring…

* You can check out the See the Top 200 best-selling models in Puerto Rico here *

But before I go any further, I can hear a few of you in the back asking whether Puerto Rico is actually a country. In fact Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the Caribbean Sea and home to 3.7 million inhabitants. The Puerto Rican new car market is very dynamic with 93,687 registrations over the Full Year 2011 (+1 percent), 8,300 in September 2012 alone (+9 percent) and 72,781 over the first 9 months of 2012, (+13 percent). One of the particularities of the car landscape in Puerto Rico is the weakness of most American manufacturers (Chrysler, Dodge, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Lincoln) with the exception of Ford and Jeep, and the strength of Japanese and Korean carmakers.

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is the most popular car in Puerto Rico by far, both in September with 698 sales and 8.4 percent share and year-to-date at 6,592 units and 9.1 percent. It is followed also in both rankings by the Toyota Corolla with 491 sales and 5.9 percent this month and 4,500 and 6.2 percent year-to-date.

Mitsubishi Lancer

Contrary to mainland USA where it is stuck around , the Mitsubishi Lancer is extremely strong in Puerto Rico, ranking #3 in September at 423 units and 5.1 percent share, ahead of the Hyundai Accent (vs. #78 in the USA) and Jeep Wrangler (vs.

Suzuki SX4

Another model selling poorly in the States ( in September) but amazingly well here is the Suzuki SX4, mainly in its sedan version, at #6 this month with 192 sales and 2.3 percent. The Toyota Prius C is also much more popular here than in the US, up to a fantastic 8th position in September at 186 units and 2.2 percent. The Kia Rio and Nissan Rogue round up this month’s Top 10.

Toyota Prius c

Other great performers on the island include the Ford Fiesta at #15 (vs. Kia Sportage at #18 (vs. Suzuki Grand Vitara at #24 (vs. Hyundai Veloster at #25 (vs. Mitsubishi Outlander at #30 (vs. Ford Ranger at #48 (vs. and Scion iQ at #53 (vs.

Mitsubishi ASX

Notice also the Mitsubishi ASX (sold as Outlander Sport on the mainland), ranking #12 with 1,494 sales and 1.2% year-to-date, which would seem to indicate that Puerto Rican sales are counted separately and not included in the monthly US sales data…

Conversely, some strong sellers in the US don’t hit the mark here: the Honda Accord is #23 (vs. Toyota Camry #27 (vs. Ford F-Series #33 (vs. and Chevrolet Silverado (vs. Finally, notice the Dodge Dart enjoying its very first month of sales on the island in September at 13 units, and available sales figures for prestige brands such as Maserati (8 sales year-to-date), Lotus (7) and Ferrari (6).

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Top 10 best-selling models in Puerto Rico – 9 months 2012:

PosModelSep%USA1Toyota Yaris6988.4%1632Toyota Corolla4915.9%93Mitsubishi Lancer4235.1%1444Hyundai Accent3464.2%785Jeep Wrangler2032.4%296Suzuki SX41922.3%1697Nissan Versa1872.3%468Toyota Prius C1862.2%n/a9Kia Rio1722.1%10010Nissan Rogue1712.1%28

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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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  • Volt 230 Volt 230 on Oct 22, 2012

    no need for highway cruisers there, just solid, reliable, not gas hogging small cars.

  • Iz Iz on Jul 26, 2014

    Can you supply some analysis as to why the Mitsubishi Lancer, Suzuki SX4, Mitsubishi ASX sell so well relative to the states?

  • Jon This does not seem like anything new for Oxford. In my one visit to England 10 years ago I received a random bill from the rental car agency for a ticket long after I had come home. I was driving in Oxford, made a wrong turn, and needed to turn around. The street ended at a cross street so the only way to do so was to cross over a "bus gate" which was just some lettering painted on the street. I think it was a weekend and there was no traffic, no busses around, etc. I drove over it made my u-turn and drove back down the road I was on. I did not continue on in a bus lane or cause harm or danger to anyone. One of their cameras caught my error and sent a hefty fine. After I received it I did some research and found many folks complaining of the same thing after visits to Oxford.
  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.