Dart was best-selling all-new car of 2012


Despite all the concerns about supplies, lack of automatic transmissions and general criticisms of the launch, the new Dodge Dart can claim an important December achievement: It was the best-selling of any of the all-new passenger cars introduced in 2012.

For the calendar year, the Dart beat every new vehicle, car or truck, except the Mazda CX-5, which debuted earlier than the Dart. Total year statistics are of lesser importance as new vehicles are introduced throughout the year, which has a significant impact on the volume they can accumulate.

DECEMBER 2012 12 MONTHS 2012
Rank Make & Model Sales Rank Make & Model Sales
1 Dodge Dart 6,105 1 Mazda CX-5 43,319
2 Mazda CX-5 5,956 2 Dodge Dart 25,303
3 Ford C-Max 4,310 3 Infiniti JX 21,674
4 Subaru XV Crosstrek 3,409 4 Cadillac XTS 15,049
5 Cadillac ATS 2,979 5 Ford C-Max 13,309
6 Cadillac XTS 2,939 6 Chevrolet Spark 12,385
7 BMW X1 2,806 7 Acura ILX 12,251
8 Infiniti JX 2,708 8 Scion FR-S 11,417
9 Acura ILX 2,485 9 BMW X1 8,947
10 Chevrolet Spark 2,229 10 Subaru XV Crosstrek 7,396
11 Scion FR-S 1,495 11 Cadillac ATS 7,008
13 Audi Allroad 872 13 Subaru BRZ 4,144
14 Subaru BRZ 497 14 Audi Allroad 3,115
15 MINI Roadster 273 15 MINI Roadster 2,371

Source: Allpar data

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Ram leading in van growth

With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

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What’s behind the 2017 diesel delays?

2017 Ram and Jeep diesels are reportedly being delayed — but the same is true of diesel engines from nearly all automakers, as the EPA rushes to crack down on diesel emissions cheats.

So far, according to Automotive News’ groundbreaking report, only Jaguar and BMW have been given permission to sell diesels in the US. Others have to wait, pending testing clearance, thanks to Audi-Volkswagen cheats.

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Canadians get cheaper Pacificas

2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans

Chrysler Canada is now selling a complete line of Pacifica minivans in Canada, with the base LX and Touring models added to Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

All 2017 Chrysler Pacificas are made in Canada at the award-winning Windsor Assembly Plant; the plant built 70% of all full-size minivans sold in Canada last year (including Caravan and Town & Country).

The LX lists for C$37,995,

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Ram Commercial’s relaunch

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Ram’s “Ram Commercial” division made its full public debut yesterday with a multidimensional ad campaign, four years after being established.

The campaign covers television, print, digital, video and social media. The first ad, “Time,” showed up on yesterday’s NFL game, showing the “surprise and delight” of small businesses with Ram vans. Print ads will appear in magazines including Forbes, Professional Builder, and Remodeling.

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What do you think of the “Chief” blue? (updated)

Jeep is set to launch a new color, “Chief,” according to James Mooney — who backed up his assertion with an image from the Jeep brochure available on-line.

The color hasn’t hit the Build & Price system yet. It seems to hearken back to the popular bright blues of the 1970s and 1990s; we have also  seen a 1920s Chrysler in a slightly more aquamarine, but still factory,

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