March was a record sales month for many automakers. Some companies, including Nissan, Kia, Subaru and Audi, had their best month of sales ever and the Top 10 best-selling models show big totals.
Some credit unseasonably warm weather for strong March sales; others say tax refunds, annual bonuses or more companies hiring.
Whatever the reason, sales were good in March, and the Top 10 has both familiar names and some surprises.
Ford’s F-Series continues to stay at the top with sales of the EcoBoost F-150 accounting for a whopping 41% of the 58,061-unit count.
The big surprise has to be the aging Nissan Altima at No. 3, with sales of more than 40,000, given that the all-new 2013 model, unveiled this week at the New York auto show, goes on sale in July. Generous incentives likely helped, but it still came in only about 1,500 behind Toyota’s recently revamped Camry.
The aging Honda Accord dropped off the list altogether, making it to No. 11 with 26,771 units sold in March, but not all is doom and gloom for Honda despite seeing sales dip 7.7% compared with last March. The redesigned CR-V crossover had an all-time record month all-time and ranks No. 5. Honda’s new Civic rounds out the top 10 at 28,199 units, though down 12% from last March.
We’d also be negligent not to mention that the huge number attached to the Toyota Prius is a combined figure that includes the standard Prius liftback, the larger Prius v and the all-new Prius c subcompact that was on a torrid sales pace from its first day of sales midmonth.
I found it interesting that the bottom five were all very fuel-efficient cars, and just over 500 sales separated them.
Here is the March Top 10:
Ford F-Series Truck: 58,061
Toyota Camry: 42,567
Nissan Altima: 41,050
Chevy Silverado: 36,491
Honda CR-V: 30,868
Toyota Prius: 28,711
Ford Fusion: 28,562
Ford Focus: 28,293
Toyota Corolla: 28,289
Honda Civic: 28,199