||Which Vehicles Will Be the Best-Sellers of 2013?
For decades, a relatively small number of cars and light trucks have dominated U.S. sales, whether American, Japanese or European manufacturers built them. This trend goes all the way back to the Ford Model T.
The dominance of the market by a few vehicles continued this year, and 24/7 Wall St. forecasts it will continue in 2013.
Twelve million cars and light trucks were sold in the U.S. through the first 10 months of 2012. According to sales data provided by Edmunds.com, about 3.7 million of these were from sales of just 16 of the more than 250 models available.
The models have more than one characteristic in common. They tend to be inexpensive sedans that get high gas mileage. Every vehicle on the list has a base price of under $25,000. Fourteen have base models that have four-cylinder engines, which tend to get better mileage than engines with six and eight cylinders.
And of the 16 top-selling models, Japanese manufacturers will continue to dominate the list next year. Of the seven best-selling cars for 2013, six are Japanese. The exception is Ford's F-150 pickup, which has been a staple model line of the No. 2 U.S. car company since the 1940s.
Japanese cars usually do well on consumer quality surveys, and these manufacturers, which include Toyota, Honda and Nissan, have been in the high-mileage end of the market since they became popular in the 1980s.
Using the figures from Edmunds.com, 24/7 Wall St. has forecast the "Sweet 16" cars and light trucks that will sell best in 2013, including projected full-year sales.
1. Toyota Camry, 2013 sales forecast -- 483,977
2. Ford F-150 -- 455,305
3. Honda Accord -- 387,779
4. Nissan Altima -- 358,187
5. Honda Civic -- 357,621
6. Toyota Corolla -- 333,933
7. Honda CR-V -- 327,955
8. Ford Fusion -- 290,424
9. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 -- 282,627
10. Ford Escape -- 273,846
11. Chevrolet Malibu -- 251,403
12. Chevrolet Cruze -- 247,870
13. Chevrolet Equinox -- 247,468
14. Ford Focus -- 243,965
15. Hyundai Sonata -- 235,218
16. Hyundai Elantra -- 215,721
(Source: USA Today, 12/05/12)
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