Best-Selling Cars by Segment: January 2014
Let's face it---January is a rough month. Statistically speaking, the month is full of more winter storms, breakups, and bad movies than most other times of the year. It is only natural that the auto industry is affected by the problems January brings. Major automakers such as General Motors, Toyota, and Honda suffered in sales due to bad weather in many areas of the country. But things moved on, and a lot of models scored huge sales during the month. Check out the best-selling cars by segment in January:Subcompact – Nissan Versa: 8,524 Units The cheapest car in America, the Nissan Versa is also the best seller in its segment. This model comes with limited standard features, including air conditioning, a CD player, a height-adjustable driver seat, and little else. Although sales were down 17 percent for this model in January, Nissan still managed to sell a respectable 8,524 units of this bare-bones vehicle. But other cars in the segment also had a tough time, as the Chevrolet Sonic was also down 8.2 percent while the Ford Fiesta dropped almost 3 percent.Compact – Toyota Corolla: 22,753 Units A perennial favorite in its segment, the Toyota Corolla once again takes the crown among small cars sold in the U.S. But the Honda Civic was a close contender, selling 21,824 units. Both cars have been recently redesigned to include upgraded technology and a more compelling styling. Older models in the segment, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, and Ford Focus, lagged behind, selling between 12,000 and 17,000 units. Although these numbers aren't large, this shows that there is healthy competition in the compact segment that was once monopolized by Toyota and Honda.Midsize – Toyota Camry: 23,332 Units Toyota's midsize sedan sold just a little more than its popular small car offering. The Camry narrowly bested the Nissan Altima to earn the top spot in the midsize sedan segment for the month of January. The Ford Fusion and Honda Accord also made strong showings, selling just under 21,000 units. Although the Camry managed to take top honors, sales were down 26.9 percent from last month. We will see how this car does in months to come.Minivan – Honda Odyssey: 7,879 Units Move over, Chrysler. The minivan game has just gotten a little tougher. Although Chrysler is the inventor of the minivan, and usually scores top sales for its Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models, the award this month goes to Honda. The Odyssey minivan sold 7,879 copies, up 16.6 percent from last month. We recently reviewed the Touring Elite model, and we were impressed with advanced technologies including an in-car vacuum. The Toyota Sienna came in second place among minivans, selling just a few hundred less.Pickup Truck – Ford F-Series: 46,536 Units Considering the Ford F-Series has been America's best-selling vehicle for over three decades running, it is no surprise that the truck dominated again in January. The F-Series outsold every other truck, and by a landslide. Ford moved almost 46,536 units, despite the fact that it will bring out a fresh redesigned version very soon. The Chevrolet Silverado, its primary competitor, sold only 28,926 units, down more than 18 percent.Two Row Crossover – Ford Escape: 19,459 Units Despite a number of recalls, the Ford Escape has remained a popular choice for families looking for a smaller crossover SUV. This versatile SUV beat out another hot utility, the Honda CR-V. Other SUVs that got attention last month include the Toyota RAV4, which sold 16,880 units, an increase of over 45 percent from the previous month. The Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, and Jeep Grand Cherokee were other popular options in the two-row crossover segment.Three Row Crossover – Ford Explorer: 11,696 Units Ford took home the trophy with another one of its utility vehicles. The Ford Explorer sold 11,696 units in January. Although this is down almost 20 percent, the Explorer still beat out the Toyota Highlander, which saw big gains last month. The Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevrolet Traverse saw significantly fewer sales than these two giants in the segment.Luxury Sedan – BMW 3/4 Series: 6,494 Units In the luxury market, it is always a race between BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Although Mercedes-Benz topped its fellow German rival in overall sales for the month, it did not win among sales of sedans. The BMW 3 Series, as well as the new 4 Series coupe and convertible, has been a longtime favorite among consumers. This month, almost 6,500 of them were sold, compared to just 5,748 Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars. In addition, sales for the BMW models were up from last month while the C-Class dipped over 20 percent.Luxury Crossover – Lexus RX: 5,607 Units Lexus is making a comeback in a big way with sales of its luxury crossovers last month. Lexus took the spotlight with 5,607 sales of the vehicle, up almost 4 percent from the previous month. The Acura MDX was another close contender, up almost 65 percent from last month. Surprisingly, the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Audi Q5 all played second fiddle to these two SUVs.Sports Car – Chevrolet Camaro: 4,733 Units No sports car is more classic than the Ford Mustang or the Chevrolet Camaro, but last month the Camaro won out. Chevy sold 652 more Camaros than Ford sold Mustangs. However, the all-new 2015 Mustang is likely to give the Camaro a run for its money in the future, so this list may be a little different after the new model comes out.
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