The Toyota Camry has just about wrapped up the midsize sedan sales race, leading another month and keeping its commanding yearly lead.
Toyota sold 30,945 Camrys in November, a 7.3 percent increase over November 2014. For the year, sales are down slightly, but the Camry holds a commanding lead over the second-place Honda Accord. Toyota could stop selling the Camry altogether in December and still win the sales crown, although the chances of that happening are just about none.
The aforementioned Accord had another steady sales month, increasing 1.2 percent over November 2014, although yearly sales are still 10 percent lower than last year.
The only other car to have a sales increase over November 2014 is the Kia Optima, which increased 2.7 percent.
Two cars fell precipitously from October. The Chevrolet Malibu, after riding a surprisingly strong October to come in third place, dropped to seventh, selling less than half of the amount it did in October. Year-over-year sales are down, but not as much.
Volkswagen’s woes may be finally starting to affect sales, as the Passat drops to the bottom of the list, with a 60-plus-percent drop from November 2014. VW can’t sell any more TDI versions of their cars and the brand’s tattered reputation might just be spilling over into gasoline-powered cars, too.
Overall, though, most cars saw a decrease in sales over last year. Four of them – the Passat, the Mazda 6, the Subaru Legacy and the Chrysler 200 – experience double-digit-percent drops, with the Malibu, the Hyundai Sonata, and the Nissan Altima close behind.
Interestingly, though, only the Sonata had a month-over-month increase from October.
November 2015 Midsize Sedan Sales
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