Honda Civic Takes Top Spot in November Compact Car Sales, Toyota Corolla Second

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The Honda Civic has won the November sales battle in the compact car segment by posting 30,075 units. In second place was the Toyota Corolla, which was about 8000 units behind the Honda. Despite criticism that the ninth-generation Civic was bland and not new enough, it has continued to post strong sales numbers, including a record-shattering November (Honda says it’s the Civic’s best November since 1990). It will be interesting to see how consumers respond to the revamped 2013 Honda Civic and, with only one month left for 2012 sales, the Civic will likely take the year-to-date sales crown with November boosting the total to 284,791, more than 18,000 above the Corolla’s total. The Chevrolet Cruze missed out on the podium last month, posting 16,807 sales for a fourth-place finish. General Motors pegged the drop on the relief efforts occurring in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, stating that its competitors usually have better sales in those regions. That said, the Ford Focus jumps into the number three spot with 18,312 sold for the month of November. In fifth and sixth are the Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Jetta with 15,923 and 14,259 units, respectively. The Jetta continues to be the brand’s volume leader and VW expects the upcoming hybrid model to improve those numbers. The Mazda3 experienced its best November ever with 9841 and the Sentra lands in the eighth spot with 7176 units.

Car November 2012 November 2011 Year-to-Date
Honda Civic 30,075 17,133 284,791
Toyota Corolla 22,616 16,115 266,268
Ford Focus 18,312 11,735 223,318
Chevrolet Cruze 16,807 13,238 216,528
Hyundai Elantra 15,923 12,414 183,010
Volkswagen Jetta 14,259 12,891 154,763
Mazda3 9841 6873 113,064
Nissan Sentra 7176 7871 98,640
Subaru Impreza 5905 1412 74,294
Dodge Dart 4489 N/A 19,198
Kia Forte 4266 4135 71,405
  Source: Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Dodge, Kia

Car November 2012 November 2011 Year-to-Date
Honda Civic 30,075 17,133 284,791
Toyota Corolla 22,616 16,115 266,268
Ford Focus 18,312 11,735 223,318
Chevrolet Cruze 16,807 13,238 216,528
Hyundai Elantra 15,923 12,414 183,010
Volkswagen Jetta 14,259 12,891 154,763
Mazda3 9841 6873 113,064
Nissan Sentra 7176 7871 98,640
Subaru Impreza 5905 1412 74,294
Dodge Dart 4489 N/A 19,198
Kia Forte 4266 4135 71,405

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