Top 7 Best Selling Cars in 2012

Top Selling Cars in 2012 in the US

Various automakers surveys show that there is an improvement in auto sales figures. It also shows that the economy is improving and people are buying cars again. We have listed the top 7 models which were top selling in the US in the year 2012. And, you can see that 5 Japanese cars feature in this list of top 7 best selling cars in the United States.

7. Toyota Corolla

The compact Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in the history of automobile even in its fourth generation of production. Toyota Corolla is in seventh position of top selling car in US as it is more economical, reliable, fuel-efficient yet small & compact. It is preferred by everyone in US right from high school students to retirees as it provides more dependable transportation. The tree trim levels of Corolla include S, L and LE. The base Toyota Corolla-L features with keyless entry full power accessories, air-conditioning and 15” steel wheels. Toyota Corolla-LE features with 16” alloy wheels, cruise control and with Bluetooth as well as iPod connectivity. Toyota Corolla-S comes with metallic interior and sporty body elements. Toyota Corolla cars were on the seventh position of top selling cars in US with total sales of 290,947 in the year 2012.

6. Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V introduced in the late 90s offering a distinctive option to conventional mid- size &full-size large SUVs. In the initial stages it was popular because it was competitively priced and offered more cargo capacity. Its fourth generation model was redesigned in 2012 with minimal hardware changes but adding style and few new features. Honda CR-V features include comfortable & sensible interior, swift handling, improved passenger protection and top crash test scores. Honda CR-V offers base LX and uplevel EX trim. Nearly 281,652 Honda CR-V vehicles were sold in the year 2012.

5. Honda Accord

Honda Accord is not popular for its sporty or sexy look but for its comfort driving in US. Honda Accord has offered reliability, strong resale value and comfort for daily transportation in America for last three decades. Its three trim levels are DX, EX and LX. Honda Accord EX is available in luxury EX, EX-L (leather-lined), EX-L with Navi (leather & navigation-equipped). Honda Accord’s new trims consist of LX (only sedan), Sedan (enthusiast-oriented Sport), loaded Touring Sedan and LX-S. 331,872 units of Honda Accord were sold in the year 2012.

4. Honda Civic

Honda Civic compact cars are popular in US for their high fuel economy and environmental awareness. Mainstream trim levels of Honda civic consist of EX, EX-L, DX and LX. It is also available in Natural Gas sedan, Si coupe and Hybrid sedan. Buyers are attracted towards its munificent selection of engines and configurations. This cute capable small car is on the forth place of the list. All Honda Civic trims are featured with side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags and antilock brakes. Even with the major drawback of controversial dash layout and elevated road noise, around 317,909 units were sold in the year 2012. Read more »

Toyota Aqua Best Selling car in Japan

Toyota Aqua remains top selling car in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation sold around 22,466 units of its hybrid sedan Aqua also called Prius C in January 2013 in Japan and thereby, maintaining Toyota Aqua as the best selling car in Japan for four consecutive months. The sales has gone up by 66.6 % compared to the previous year. The rankings of the cars are based on the data obtained by the Japan Mini Vehicles Association and the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

The sales of Honda N Box mini car have jumped up by 2.1 times to 20,552 units and it was ranked the second best selling car in Japan. Another Toyota Hybrid Sedan, ‘the Prius’ ranked 3rd and sold at 17,735 units, sales going down by 39.1 % compared to the previous year. Daihatsu’s Move mini-car ranked at the 4th position in the month of January, with sales going up by 22.5 % after launching an improved version of the car in December.  Nissan Note ranked at the 5th position with sales boosting by 3 times after a full changeover done in September last year.

It is interesting to note that among the top ten best selling cars, six were mini-cars with engines no larger than 660cc.  These cars are popular because of their affordable price and high fuel efficiency. customers are very much interested in buying these Mini-vehicles as the small cars have low maintenance costs and have a cheaper price tag. Even though the overall sales of new vehicle were down since September last year, because of the withdrawal of subsidies offered by government for buying environment friendly vehicles, mini cars sold well. The expiry of the subsidy program affected the sales of Japan’s new passenger cars down by 13.6 % in the month of January.

History of Toyota Aqua

Toyota Aqua is assembled at ’Kanto Auto Works in Iwate Prefecture in north Japan. Toyota initially targeted production of around 12,000 units per month though it has a manufacturing capacity of 30,000 units every month. But because of the high demand for the Aqua or Prius c (city) in the Japanese market, the car is expected to be in short supply unless Toyota augments the production capacity.

The Toyota Prius c (City) is named as Toyota Aqua in Japan. Read more »