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Sales details: November 2011

by Bill Cawthon on

The Toyota Sienna took an 882-unit lead in the minivan race through the end of November. Slow sales of the Town & Country and the Caravan in the past two months opened the door and Toyota, with inventory returning close to normal levels, waltzed right through.

The Jeep Wrangler remained the best-selling traditional SUV in both monthly and year-to-date (YTD) sales. The Jeep Grand Cherokee made it to November’s Top 20 list. For the first eleven months of this year, Chrysler crossovers and SUVs are averaging more sales per model than those from General Motors.

Chrysler Group reached Sergio Marchionne’s 2011 goal of 1.2 million U.S. sales a month ahead of schedule. As of the end of November Chrysler had sold 1.45 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and Canada. The worldwide goal for Chrysler Group is two million sales in 2011.

Chrysler finished November solidly in fourth place. At the end of the first eleven months of 2010, Chrysler was ranked fifth and and had fallen as low as sixth. Industry analysts were figuring Nissan and possibly Hyundai-Kia would overtake Chrysler. Chrysler is now 289,488 YTD sales ahead of Nissan and 194,067 sales ahead of Hyundai-Kia and both Korean brands have been setting sales records for much of 2011.

For those who tout GM’s financial performance, it’s worth noting that Chrysler repaid its loans, in full, in cash, to the U.S. and Canadian governments. As of this morning, American taxpayers have lost over $16 billion on the stock GM used to meet its obligations.

Rank Make & Model Nov-11 Rank Make & Model CYTD 2011
1 Ford F-Series 47,740 1 Ford F-Series 516,639
2 Chevrolet Silverado 34,251 2 Chevrolet Silverado 367,343
3 Toyota Camry 23,440 3 Toyota Camry 275,004
4 Ford Escape 21,823 4 Nissan Altima 243,005
5 Nissan Altima 20,613 5 Honda Accord 234,637
6 Ford Fusion 19,912 6 Ford Escape 228,719
7 Ram Pickup 19,739 7 Ford Fusion 226,445
8 Honda Civic 17,133 8 Toyota Corolla 219,250
9 Honda CR-V 16,426 9 Ram Pickup 218,750
10 Toyota Corolla 16,115 10 Chevrolet Cruze 215,057
11 Hyundai Sonata 15,668 11 Hyundai Sonata 208,621
12 Honda Accord 15,468 12 Honda Civic 200,690
13 Toyota Prius 15,208 13 Honda CR-V 196,787
14 Chevrolet Equinox 14,936 14 Chevrolet Malibu 191,774
15 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13,545 15 Chevrolet Equinox 175,079
16 Chevrolet Cruze 13,238 16 Hyundai Elantra 173,336
17 Volkswagen Jetta 12,891 17 Volkswagen Jetta 162,937
18 Ford Explorer 12,888 18 Ford Focus 161,436
19 Hyundai Elantra 12,414 19 Chevrolet Impala 160,955
20 GMC Sierra 11,971 20 GMC Sierra 132,675
Next Highest-Ranking Chrysler Group Vehicles
32 Jeep Wrangler 9,225 26 Jeep Wrangler 111,045
37 Chrysler 200 8,065 45 Chrysler 200 77,820

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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