U.S. automakers closed out 2013 with weak sales figures, reporting a seasonally-adjusted sales rate of 15.6 million units in December when analysts called for 16.0 million.
“An expected post-Christmas surge in [light vehicle] sales fell somewhat short of industry expectations,” according to Wards Auto.
“Renewed upside was expected in the second half of the month, but overall December sales may show a 5% pullback after jumping 8% in November,” Morgan Stanley’s Ted Wieseman wrote clients.
Still, some cars were hotter than others. We picked out the 21 best-selling cars in December.
21. Chevy Malibu
December sales: 15,493
Percent change from a year ago: 33.2%
Sticker Price: $22,140
20. Ford Focus
December sales: 15,569
Percent change from a year ago: -31.1%
Sticker Price: $16,810
19. Ford Explorer
December sales: 15,660
Percent change from a year ago: -6.2%
Sticker Price: $30,015