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 »

Mitsubishi Fuso Buses with Active Mitigation Brake

Fuso Introduces Active Mitigation Brake in Buses to Prevent Collisions

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation, Japan, has unveiled their new tourist buses which will sense a potential crash.  Mitsubishi, one of the top bus and truck maker from Japan, will launch Aero Ace and Aero Queen tourist buses which will have latest safety technology, that uses its new Active Mitigation Brake system to ward off collisions.  Mitsubishi Fuso’s 2013 model will be incorporated with autonomous technology in braking system giving more safety to vehicle and driver.  Now, we are heading towards the era where vehicle will drive itself.  Fuso has proved by introducing these technologies in their vehicles that they are committed to enhance overall safety to protect drivers, on-board passengers and surrounded traffic.

mitsubishi fuso aero bus

Aero Ace and Aero Queen tourist buses will incorporate Active Mitigation Brake, Brake Override System, MDAS-III system and Anti-Spin Regulator. The latest braking system and the existing MDAS-III will sense and learn driving habits of driver in the initial 15 minutes and will send alerts to the driver if it suspects that the driver is not attentive to the road. The Active Mitigation Brake is a dynamic technology which slows down the bus by automatically applying the brake when it senses a possible collision.

Active Mitigation Brake in Fuso Buses

The AMB or Active Mitigation Brake is safety technologies which slow downs the bus with automatic breaks in case of likely collision. Read more »

Toyota Regains Title of Biggest Automaker

Toyoya is World’s Biggest Automaker Again

Last year Toyota had lost the number one position to General Motors.  But now it is set to reclaim the crown as the world’s largest automaker for 2012.  Volkswagen and GM will be competing for second place.

Having sold 80 million trucks and cars for the first time, the auto industry is projected to pull off record global sales for 2012. The creditable performance by Japan and the US has offset the economic downturn in Europe. After rebounding from the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, Toyota is ready to grab the top rank from GM. With their sales figures differing by below one percent, the fight for the second place between GM and Volkswagen will be a tough one.

Currently, in the really close three-horse race, the leading players are swirling around and inter-changing places rapidly. All three of them have gained from the strong US light-vehicle market that is moving towards a third consecutive profit-making year after the collapse of 2009 and the industry bailout. But next year, American sales are expected to increase again, matching the lengthiest string ever since the close of World War II.  Due to the large size of the American market, when the US reaches double-digit growth, this drives the rest of the world. Read more »

Why Buy Japanese Used Cars?

Why Buy Used Japanese Cars?

A downturn in global economy has encouraged many buyers to look for out used cars from Japan. Japanese cars are very popular worldwide as they are reliable due to quality in manufacturing, have stylish designs and offer high fuel efficiency. Moreover these used vehicles of Japanese origin tend to retain more resale value compared to American and European used vehicles simply because these cars are made well and have low breakdown rate. So thinking of buying a used car, Japanese car is worth consideration.

Reliability of Used Cars from Japan

Japanese car makers like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Isuzu , Mazda are famous names in the global auto industry renowned for making the most trusted used cars. Among the Japanese cars, models like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry remain in top ten in preference list by consumers worldwide. In spite of lots of efforts by American and European car makers, even the American buyers believe that cars from Japan are of superior quality and they can rely on them. Read more »

What can cause damage to your car engine?

What can damage a Car Engine?

If you don’t pay attention to signals this could damage your car engine. Special warning bulbs in your car help you understand what is happening inside the engine. So make sure you give due attention to these lights. The tiny warning lights flash a message when they blink, or come on when you’re driving. Almost all cars have such engine warning signs to alert you about any problem likely to confront you well in advance.

The following are some mistakes usually made by people which could impact their car engine negatively and even cause permanent damages:

Not Going in for Service

You need to service your car every few months. Servicing is very important even if no evident signs of damage or wear and tear are visible. Since the engine is not visible it is not possible to actually see what’s happening inside it. The engine doesn’t always give warning signals and its condition could sometimes start worsening deep inside. Therefore you need to take your vehicle to a mechanic regularly every few months and get it checked for any defects or potential problems. It is wiser to be prepared to tackle problems in advance and prevent them even before they take place, rather than wait till they occur. Read more »

How to protect your car from theft?

Tips for protecting your car from theft

Car theft is a well organized racket and lot of auto thefts are going on in almost all countries in the world.   If you own a car which is popular in the automobile market, the chances that your car may get stolen are very high.  So, you should be wise and take precautions to protect your car from getting stolen.  Here are some useful tips for protecting your car from theft.

car theft prevention

Be mentally alert

The ideal way to defend your automobile from robbery definitely involves a great deal of caution on the owner’s part.  The caution and protective gadgets will prove to be of no use if the user himself forgets the elementary precautionary steps he needs to undertake.  For example, occasionally driver’s tending to leave the key in the ignition since they are just out for a couple of seconds.  They do not figure out that a burglar may require merely just as many moments to get into the vehicle and drive away with it.

Make sure to keep the doors locked even while driving.  Automobiles are robbed by thieves but they can even be robbed by carjackers or persons who manage to get in through the unlatched door, stick a gun at hour head and order you to descend from the driver’s seat so they can escape with it.  Many instances of carjackers crop up in remote residential locations where people remain in their automobiles with doors left unlocked.  A handful of cases of carjacking occur in open roadways.  In this respect, be mindful of hitchhikers.

Do not exhibit valuable items in your vehicle

Occasionally,  burglars are lured to rob you automobile after they find items of worth inside it.  Hence never ever abandon your digicams, mobile phones and laptops resting in clear visibility of passersby. Lock them up within the glove drawer or carry them along with you.  For similar reasons, it may be advisable to have dark-colored tints on your car windows that folks cannot watch through.  Yet regarding exactly how dissuasive this can be will all rely on the mindset of the burglars.  Many robbers lose fascination with dark tinted cars, while some may simply take this to imply that there are actually valuable items in the vehicle. Read more »

Import Japanese Used Cars from Japan to Kenya

How to import Japanese Used Vehicles from Japan to Kenya?

Kenya imports a lot of used cars, trucks and other vehicles and auto spares from Japan each year.  Kenya is a great market for the Japanese Used Cars.  Japanese used cars are preferred in Kenya because they are reliable and cost-effective. There is a great demand for low fuel consuming models by Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Honda and Suzuki.  Japanese Used vehicles are sold every year in Kenya to users as well as dealers.  A few Japanese used car exporters have their agents in Kenya too. The agents help to sell the automobiles directly to the users.

The Kenyan Government has now started putting some restrictions on the Japanese Used Car import. This is to ensure that no faulty vehicles enter the Kenyan auto markets. There are certain fixed rules which the importer needs to follow if he wishes to import any vehicle from Japan. The importing regulations have been set up by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

Importing rules and regulations by Kenya Bureau of Standards

  • The vehicle you import should not be more than 8 years old calculating from the first year of its registration.
  • The vehicle you import to Kenya must compulsorily be a right hand drive vehicle (RHD). Exceptions are made only in the case of fire engines and ambulance.
  • Before being shipped to Kenya, the vehicle must be inspected by Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre (JEVIC).
  • You cannot ship any cargo inside the car you are importing. If you wish to import spare parts for the vehicle you are importing, you will have to make separate arrangement for the same.
  • When the vehicle reaches the Kenyan port you will have to present documents like the Bill of Landing, Invoice, Insurance Policy and Vehicles Export Certificate.

How to avoid rejection of Imports Upon inspection For Quality?

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