Hyundai Elantra Leads March Compact Sales

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Honda, Hyundai is knocking at your door. March 2013 sales saw a few major changes in the compact segment, with the Hyundai Elantra moving up to third place, right behind the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.

A new model might be just around the corner, but that isn't stopping Toyota from selling Corollas by the bundle; Toyota sold 31,423 Corollas last month, an 11.1-percent sales increase as compared to March of last year (sales include Matrix). Although Honda Civic sales dipped 1.9-percent last month, the 27,665 coupes and sedans sold allowed Honda to retain the number-two slot. Hyundai rocketed up from fifth place to third in March, with 26,153 Elantras sold – the model's best month of all time.

Chevrolet Cruze sales increased 7.7-percent last month, with 23,260 sold. Chevrolet and Hyundai sold plenty of compacts, but so did Ford with the Focus. The Ford’s 24,929 units sold mean the Focus settled in fourth place last month.

There wasn't much action in the rest of the compact segment; Volkswagen continues to hold steady in sixth with 15,005 Jettas sold, and the Nissan Sentra is sitting in seventh with 13,965 sold. The rest of the compact segment is rounded out by the Mazda3 (10,505 sold) the Dodge Dart (8091 sold), Subaru Impreza (7054 sold), and the Kia Forte (5931 sold).

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

March 2013 March 2012 Year-to-Date
Toyota Corolla

31,423

28,289

80,244

Honda Civic

27,665

28,199

72,529

Hyundai Elantra

26,153

19,681

54,546

Ford Focus

24,929

28,293

61,898

Chevrolet Cruze

23,260

21,607

55,731

Volkswagen Jetta/Sportwagen

15,005

14,966

37,495

Nissan Sentra

13,965

14,092

33,002

Mazda3

10,505

13,235

29,133

Dodge Dart

8091

2242 (Dodge Caliber)

22,965

Subaru Impreza/WRX

7054

9742

18,951

Kia Forte

5931

8381

15,342

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