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June 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles


2013 Ford F-150

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History, it’s said, is doomed to repeat itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in June's new car sales, particularly the monthly list of best (and worst) selling vehicles in the U.S. market. As with May’s numbers, the big winners seemed to be trucks and fuel-efficient sedans, while the big losers were leftovers, the automotive equivalent of a diner’s blue-plate special.

Just like last month, no one pushed more metal than Ford did with its F-Series pickups, selling 55,025 copies in June and beating May’s sales by a few hundred units. Proving that pickup sales are back in a big way, Chevrolet grabbed the number 2 spot with sales of 33,566 Silverado pickups.

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

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The Toyota Camry sedan grabbed the last podium spot, selling 32,107 copies last month, followed by the Chevy Malibu sedan, which tallied sales of 31,402 units. Keeping the midsize sedan trend going, Honda’s Accord grabbed fifth place, with sales of 28,924 units.

Ford’s outgoing Escape crossover continues to be popular, attracting 28,500 buyers in June. Seventh place went to the Honda Civic, which sold 27,500 copies, while eighth place went to the Toyota Corolla and Matrix (counted as one by Toyota), which saw sales of 26,647 units.

2012 Ford Fusion

2012 Ford Fusion

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Rounding out the top 10 was the outgoing Ford Fusion, which sold 24,433 units in June, followed by the full-size Ram pickups, which found 23,951 buyers last month.

 As for the month’s least popular vehicles (exotics excluded), there was a three-way tie for the worst selling vehicle, with each example only selling one copy during the month. There are no real surprises here, since the Volvo S40, the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda RX-8 have all been discontinued.

2010 Mazda RX-8

2010 Mazda RX-8

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Coming in at number four for the month was the uber-expensive Lexus LFA supercar, which sold just two copies, a decline of 33-percent from the month of May. The Chevy Aveo repeats this month as well, selling only three copies.

The sixth worst-seller was the discontinued Chevy Cobalt, of which dealers depleted their inventory by only seven units. The least-loved hybrid sedan, Lexus’ HS 250h, was next with sales of just 10 units, followed by the retro-tired Chevy HHR, which found 11 buyers.

2011 Chevrolet HHR LT

2011 Chevrolet HHR LT

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Completing June’s list of worst-sellers was the Ram Dakota pickup, which moved 18 copies, followed by the also-discontinued Buick Lucerne, which found homes with 21 luxury sedan buyers.
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  1. Where are the Hyundai's? I thought the Elantra and Sonata were hot sellers.
     
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  2. @johnny, very good question. In June, Hyundai sold 20,931 Sonatas, which would have put the car at around 13th place on the best sellers list. It also sold 17,655 Elantras, which would have put the car in the top 20.
     
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  3. This would have been a more interesting article if worst selling vehicles had been restricted to those NOT discontinued.
     
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  4. @MA, thanks for the suggestion, and I'll begin doing so with July's numbers.
     
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  5. MIA is Nissan & Toyota trucks. I think they are losing ground to Ford and GM and not to mention losing interest in the truck sector especially the larger trucks.
     
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  6. @Matt, I don't currently have the detailed breakout handy, but seem to remember that both were mid- pack. Ford even sold around 900 Rangers, IIRC, which isn't bad for a truck that's been discontinued.
     
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