Civic, Elantra Top April 2013 Compact Sales

The Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra together staged an upset in April compact sales. The Civic earned the top spot, while a hot-selling Elantra surged forwards, bumping the Toyota Corolla into third place.

Honda sold 26,453 Civics last month, beating all of its competitors by a wide margin. Those Civic sales represent an 8.3-percent year-over-year increase, though year-to-date sales are down 2.8 percent. The Elantra earned second place with 24,445 sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks sold. That puts Hyundai's compact sales up 45.2 percent year-over-year, and boosts Elantra year-to-date sales above the Chevrolet Cruze. The Toyota Corolla, which was last month's best-selling compact, fell to third place with 24,273 sold. Corolla sales are only down 2.1 percent for the month, but are up 12.1 percent overall for the year.

Read about March compact sales: Hyundai Elantra Jumps to Third Place

Sitting in fourth place with its crosstown rival hot on its tail was the Ford Focus, with 22,557 units sold last month – that's a 16.1-percent year-over-year gain and a 1.2-percent dip for the year. The Chevrolet Cruze was just a couple hundred units shy of trumping the Ford, with 22,032 Cruzes sold last month, a 21-percent year-over-year increase.

In a distant sixth place was the Volkswagen Jetta sedan and wagon. Combined Jetta sales fell 16.5 percent to 13,078 units. While Jetta sales fell, sales of the seventh-place Nissan Sentra continue to grow, with 10,734 of the newly redesigned compact sedan finding homes in April. The Dodge Dart and Mazda3 followed the Sentra in eighth and ninth place.

Rounding out April's compact sales is the Subaru Impreza/WRX, with 6200 sold, the 2014 Kia Forte, with 5212 sold, and the Volkswagen Golf lineup, with 2607 units sold.

Check out the full sales breakdown in the chart below. Source: The Automakers

April 2013 April 2012 Year-to-Date
Honda Civic 26,453 24,423 98,712
Hyundai Elantra 24,445 16,836 78,991
Toyota Corolla/Matrix 24,273 24,804 104,517
Ford Focus 22,557 19,425 84,455
Chevrolet Cruze 22,032 18,205 77,763
Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen 13,078 15,658 50,573
Nissan Sentra 10,734 7410 43,736
Dodge Dart 8099 1408 (Dodge Caliber) 31,064
Mazda3 7067 8508 36,200
Subaru Impreza/WRX 6200 8143 25,151
Kia Forte 5212 7053 20,554
Volkswagen Golf/GTI 2607 3876 11,130
Johnny.5sp
Well year to date figures still show Toyota in the lead. However, April may be that infamous turning point Toyota I am sure was expecting. The Corolla is getting old and people are looking for fresh new designs. Rest assured Toyota has something in the works. For their sake I hope they don't screw up as Honda did with the Civic or Chevy with the Malibu.

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