Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2013
The auto industry came off a June that saw the best sales rate since 2007, and the momentum appears to have run through July. Toyota had its best July since 2008; GM had its best July since 2007. Chrysler and Ford had their best July since 2006. Honda sales, up 20.9%, represented the best July since 2006. And Nissan and Hyundai-Kia had their best July ever. With the top seven automakers reporting numbers, sales are up 13.6%.
A gallon of regular unleaded gained 15 cents in July, according to AAA, but small, fuel-efficient cars had a mixed month. The outgoing Corolla stayed flat, but rival Honda Civic gained nearly 30%. The Toyota Prius hybrid — ever the indicator of shoppers’ flight to fuel efficiency — gained a stunning 40% over an already-strong July 2012, mostly on the strength of the original Prius, which had a slight incentives uptick versus a year ago. The Chevrolet Cruze, meanwhile, piled on 70.2% in sales versus a slow July 2012 (sales were down 39.3% that month) thanks to higher year-over-year incentives on the compact sedan — and despite much lower dealer supply. The Ford Focus, meanwhile, stayed flat despite bigger incentives this year.
What about pickup trucks? A June report from CNW says contractors — tradespeople, builders and the like — accounted for the majority of pickup sales for the first time since the 1980s. But housing starts, which broke an annualized rate of 1 million units in March (the highest since mid-2008) have fallen below the mark since then. Truck buyers seem to care little, however. Sales for full-size pickups increased 29% in July, outpacing year-to-date gains of 22.6%. A big chunk of that comes from GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, which combined for a 46.4% July gain. Light-duty redesigns for both trucks are in good supply, accounting for some 35% of all Cars.com new inventory for both trucks’ 1500 models.
That means the Ford F-Series, up 22.6%, continues to hold a commanding lead among July’s top 10. See all of them below: