The American big three – Ford, GM, Chrysler – are still dominant, but their position is weakening in the face of an onslaught by Japanese and Korean carmakers. And that’s despite massive discounting and huge incentives offered last year.
Japanese models take four of the top five biggest selling car positions, while two companies – Suzuki and Toyota – are among the five fastest-rising carmakers by sales volume.
Until Ford and GM produce small and mid-sized cars to compete with the Accords and Corollas, they will struggle to hit profit.
Winners and losers by sales volume
On the up
Top selling cars
Toyota Camry 448,445
Honda Accord 354,441
Honda Civic 316,638
Chevy Impala 289,868
Toyota Corolla 272,327