10 Best-Selling Cars (and Trucks) of June

The strong sales and gains made throughout 2013 continued through the month of June, and the Top 10 best-selling cars and trucks in the U.S. saw a few changes. Since May, the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Corolla and Ford (NYSE:F) Fusion have been bumped off, in favor of two newcomers. Trucks, once again, owned the top two spots, and show little to no signs of slowing down. The incumbent leaders have found it hard to maintain their sales pace, and as a result, the companies have been placing a significant emphasis on incentive spending to help move units.

“The fundamentals for continued industry gains in new-vehicle sales remain intact,” Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland said in a company statement. General Motors (NYSE:GM) head economist Mustafa Mohatarem echoed Bigland’s sentiments. Americans “believe — with good justification — that the economic expansion is going to continue,” he said, separately.

While brands like Cadillac, Subaru, and Jaguar saw huge percentage gains in sales, sales by volume remained fairly consistent in regard to previous months, with the exceptions listed above. Here are the 10 best selling cars from the month of June.

10. Honda CR-V

With 26,502 units sold, Honda’s (NYSE:HMC) crossover model is new on the list since May. The car posted sales gains of 14.1 percent over the same month last year, helping it make the list ahead of the Corolla, Focus, and other high-volume cars that usually find a place in the top 10.

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9. Nissan Altima

Although having fallen four rungs from its number five slot in May, the Nissan Altima continues its healthy sales trends with 26,904 units moved last month. Economic policies in Japan have given a substantial boost to Japanese manufacturers like Nissan, which logged its strongest June in the U.S., ever.

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8. Ford Escape

Returning to the top selling elite is the redesigned Ford Escape, which has been making significant waves throughout the year. A well-timed redesign has allowed Ford to cash in on the growing small-SUV trend, and although it is up just 0.7 percent over last June, the Escape is up 23.2 percent year-to-date over 2012.

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7. Ram Pickup

Although Ford and GM have the pickup market pretty well cornered, Ram’s presence in the top-selling vehicle list shows that the pickup segment as a whole is doing exceptionally well. Though it was shy on volume compared to its Chevy and Ford counterparts, the Ram pickup line made a substantial 23.8 percent gain over its June 2012 sales.

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6. Honda Civic

With the Toyota Corolla off the list, the Honda Civic brought in the slack with an 8.1 percent sales gain over June of 2012. However, as successful as the car is, the year-to-date sales still trail the same figures from last year by a little over 2.4 percent.

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5. Honda Accord

The Accord slid back one spot from its fourth-place finish for May, with sales of 31,677 — still a healthy 9.5 percent gain. The refreshed sedan continues to woo buyers, and will likely do even better when its more efficient, 49 mpg hybrid sibling hits showrooms later this year.

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4. Chevrolet Cruze

Lo and behold, the humble Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan took the market by storm last month, and posted numbers strong enough to make it the number-two best-selling passenger car for the month of June. Autoblog suspects that the impressive figures had something to do with fleet sales, as it did when the Cruze actually overtook the incumbent Camry in June of last year.

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3. Toyota Camry

Toyota has been pulling out all the stops to ensure that it gets as many Camrys on the road as possible. It worked, too — the Camry remained the top-selling car through June. Incentives were hiked 38 percent over last year, with roughly $2,750 in incentive spending per vehicle. Although the incentives are certainly moving vehicles, concerns are rising that the drop in price is taking its toll on the Camry’s renowned resale value.

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2. Chevrolet Silverado

Once again, the Silverado has claimed the number two spot. More impressive is the fact that Chevy has yet to release the 2014 Silverado, which implies that the Silverado’s best sales days are yet to come. The company recently unveiled its emotional new ad campaign, set to be one of the most expensive in the company’s history. With Ford’s next F-150 not due for a couple of years, will it hold on to its crown?

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1. Ford F-150

The F-Series pickups maintained their enormous momentum in June, nearly matching the staggering nimber of units that the company moved in May. Year-to-date, Ford has sold 367,486 units, a staggering 124,900 units more than the second place Silverado. Will Chevy’s latest edition of the Silverado put a dent in Ford’s wild success when it hits showrooms?

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