Toyota Camry Passes Ford F-150 as Numero Uno in All U.S. Vehicles in 2012

By Joel Arellano | September 12, 2012
You know the phrase, "what doesn't kill me makes me stronger?" Well, the Japanese automakers continue to hammer that point across the highly competitive U.S. auto market. Not long ago, the press prepared to write obituaries for various Japanese brands. Toyota, especially, received a lot of attention, as both print and Internet news sources wondered how the second largest automaker in the world would handle the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami on top of its massive "sudden acceleration" recall.
Very well, apparently.
According to a report by Experian Automotive, Toyota's Camry sedan is currently the number one selling vehicle in the U.S. so far in 2012. Usually the Ford F-150 is in the top spot. But according to the auto data service company, new vehicle registrations of the Camry number 209,000, while F-150 registrations number 202,000 units. Note these figures don't include other F-Series models like the F-250 and F-350, which Ford generally groups under the single banner "F-Series," even though the heavy-duty F-250 and F-350 are significantly different vehicles. CNBC attributes these figures to the Toyota Camry's redesign and the automaker's marketing efforts. We've driven the Camry and found it solid against the competition, but maybe not class-leading as in earlier years.
Third place in registrations so far in 2012 is the Honda Civic. Ford made it to ninth place with its Fusion sedan, while GM placed eighth and tenth with the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and Chevy Malibu sedan respectively:
  1. Toyota Camry (209,000)
  2. Ford F-150 (202,000)
  3. Honda Civic (158,000)
  4. Nissan Altima (154,000)
  5. Honda Accord (150,000)
  6. Toyota Corolla (148,000)
  7. Honda CR-V (144,000)
  8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (140,000)
  9. Ford Fusion (140,000)
  10. Chevrolet Malibu (135,000)
Source: CNBC