2011’s list of the year’s 10 best-selling cars didn’t see much movement at the top since last year, but Ford (NYSE:F) came out the clear winner after a shake-up in the middle.
The top three looked just like they did in 2010. Trucks took gold and silver, with the Ford F-Series at 584,917 and the Chevrolet Silverado at 415,130 — both up in double digits from last year. The Toyota (NYSE:TM) Camry remained on the podium with 308,510, but that represented a 6% drop from 2010, affected mostly by the March earthquake and tsunami that wreaked havoc for Japanese automakers.
Particularly hard-hit were the two Japanese majors, Toyota and Honda (NYSE:HMC), who watched their respective Corolla and Accord slide down the list, and Honda’s Civic and CR-V dropped out of the top 10 altogether. Toyota also had the dubious distinction of putting out one of the five worst-selling cars of 2011.
Reaping the benefits was Ford, with its Escape SUV — which was on the outside looking in for 2010 — finishing fifth and its Fusion jumping to sixth. Japanese also-ran Nissan (PINK:NSANY) gained ground, with its Altima jumping from seventh to fourth.
In addition to the Silverado, General Motors (NYSE:GM) landed a new vehicle on the list, with its Cruze compact car bottoming out the top 10.
The North American Car of the Year, the Hyundai Elantra, was unable to crack the list but saw sales spike 41% to 186,361 in 2011.
The complete top 10 list is as follows:
|Rank||Model||2011 Sales||Change from 2010||2010 Rank|
|* First full year of production in U.S.|
As of this writing, Kyle Woodley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks.