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Family Car Sales 2011: And The Winner Is…


2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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The perennial one-two family sedan sales leaders used to be the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, and not always in that order. But as of 2011, things have changed a bit in the top-selling family sedan lineup. Here are the family sedans that finished the year in the top six sales positions.

Leading the pack is the Toyota Camry. Since Toyota introduced the all-new 2012 Camry, on sale since October, sales of the mid-size family sedan have continued to climb. Even before selling 33,506 Camrys in December, Toyota looked to cinch the number one spot, not only in family cars but also in passenger cars. But the full calendar year sales are now in and, at 308,510 units sold, the Camry is the undisputed best-selling family sedan for 2011.

2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Nissan Altima

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The big surprise has to be the Nissan Altima, which ended 2011 in the number two sales spot, selling a total of 268,981 units during the year, up 17.3 percent over the same period in 2010. The Altima was also the second best-selling family sedan for the month of December, with 25,976 units sold.

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Ford Fusion

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Although it’s been nipping at the heels of the monthly sales leaders all year, the Ford Fusion pulled off a major victory by coming in at number three for the year with 2011 sales of 248,067. December sales of 21,622 also helped secure third-place finish. But an all-new 2013 Fusion isn’t far off, and we’ll get a peek at the new product soon.

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Honda Accord

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The Honda Accord ends 2011 in fourth place with sales of 235,625 units for the year. That’s off 16.9 percent year-over-year, due largely to supply problems as a result of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. For the month of December, the Accord tallied 17,667 sales. Honda is set to unveil an Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next week, which presages the production 2013 Accord sedan out this fall.

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Hyundai Sonata

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The Hyundai Sonata, meanwhile, finished the calendar year in the number five spot with sales of 225,961, up 15 percent over year-ago levels. The Sonata recorded 17,340 sales in December.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Rounding out the list of the six best-selling family sedans in 2011 is the Chevrolet Malibu which sold 204,808 vehicles through December, up 3.0 percent compared with the same period in 2010. For the month of December, the Malibu recorded 13,034 sales.

Of importance to family car buyers, the 2012 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, the 2012 Honda Accord, and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid each earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Also among the IIHS Top Safety Pick winners are the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2012 Ford Fusion.

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