June's best (and worst) selling cars

A pickup truck snagged to top-selling spot for June's new car sales, while the worst-selling models only sold one model each. Can you guess which car came out on top?

John Gress/Reuters/File
A Toyota Camry is seen at the Chicago Auto Show in this 2010 file photo. The 2012 Camry was one of the top-selling car models in the US in June, but couldn't top pickup truck models from Chevrolet and Ford.

History, it’s said, is doomed to repeat itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in June's new car sales, particularly the monthly list of best (and worst) selling vehicles in the U.S. market. As with May’s numbers, the big winners seemed to be trucks and fuel-efficient sedans, while the big losers were leftovers, the automotive equivalent of a diner’s blue-plate special.
 Just like last month, no one pushed more metal than Ford did with its F-Series pickups, selling 55,025 copies in June and beating May’s sales by a few hundred units. Proving that pickup sales are back in a big way, Chevrolet grabbed the number 2 spot with sales of 33,566 Silverado pickups.

The Toyota Camry sedan grabbed the last podium spot, selling 32,107 copies last month, followed by the Chevy Malibu sedan, which tallied sales of 31,402 units. Keeping the midsize sedan trend going, Honda’s Accord grabbed fifth place, with sales of 28,924 units.

Ford’s outgoing Escape crossover continues to be popular, attracting 28,500 buyers in June. Seventh place went to the Honda Civic, which sold 27,500 copies, while eighth place went to the Toyota Corolla and Matrix (counted as one by Toyota), which saw sales of 26,647 units.

Rounding out the top 10 was the outgoing Ford Fusion, which sold 24,433 units in June, followed by the full-size Ram pickups, which found 23,951 buyers last month.

  As for the month’s least popular vehicles (exotics excluded), there was a three-way tie for the worst selling vehicle, with each example only selling one copy during the month. There are no real surprises here, since the Volvo S40, the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda RX-8 have all been discontinued.

Coming in at number four for the month was the uber-expensive Lexus LFA supercar, which sold just two copies, a decline of 33-percent from the month of May. The Chevy Aveo repeats this month as well, selling only three copies.
 The sixth worst-seller was the discontinued Chevy Cobalt, of which dealers depleted their inventory by only seven units. The least-loved hybrid sedan, Lexus’ HS 250h, was next with sales of just 10 units, followed by the retro-tired Chevy HHR, which found 11 buyers.

Completing June’s list of worst-sellers was the Ram Dakota pickup, which moved 18 copies, followed by the also-discontinued Buick Lucerne, which found homes with 21 luxury sedan buyers.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to June's best (and worst) selling cars
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today