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We love this list. It comes around once a year (check out the numbers from 2005 for comparison's sake) and offers the raw numbers that simply show what sold well in the U.S. that year. It's a list that seems to change little from year to year, but at the same time always surprises. Take last year's list, for example, which has been compiled by MSN Autos. As usual, the top two spots are occupied by the Ford F-Series (796,039) and Chevy Silverado (636,069). Those two powerhouse platforms, however, were far off the numbers they put up in 2005, and this year the race will be extremely tight with a brand new Silverado facing off against a seasoned F-150. The Toyota Camry is once again the best-selling car in the U.S. and managed to sell about 15,000 more units in 2006 than year prior, which gives a bit of credibility to the claim that cars are back. As usual, the Honda Accord (354,441) and Civic (316,638) occupy the middle ground, while the Nissan Altima (232,457) falls from 7th to 9th. It will likely hold there in 2007 or gain back lost ground if the new Altima finds favor with the public. Though Chevy always seems to have at least a couple models in the top ten, it still amazes us the brand moved that many Impalas (289,868) and Cobalts (211,449) in 2006. We expect to see the Malibu back on this list come 2008 after the new model has had its first full year of sales.

1. Ford F-Series 796,039
2. Chevrolet Silverado 636,069
3. Toyota Camry 448,445
4. Dodge Ram 364,177
5. Honda Accord 354,441
6. Honda Civic 316,638
7. Chevrolet Impala 289,868
8. Toyota Corolla 272,327
9. Nissan Altima 232,457
10. Chevrolet Cobalt 211,449

[Source: MSN Autos via KickingTires]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's about the same as before. Camry always win over Accord or any other car. I guess Toyota should hurry up with that Carolla. It seems to be missing from the list. The Civic has slowly been catching up with the Accord in sales. It doesn't surprise me that Chevy has a few cars on here. They've always managed to have a few best sellers. Besides the F-150, what else does Ford have to offer?
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not sure where they fall on the top 100 list but Saturn sold 226,325 vehicles total in 2006. That was a 6% increase. Top sellers were 102,042 ions and 88,581 VUEs. The Aura was released at the end of 2006 and sold only 19,746 units.

      The Prius sold 106,971 units in 2006 down slightly 0.5%.

      Looks like Ford sold more full sized vans than any model of car at about 180,000.
      GM sold about 210,000 GMC Sierra trucks.
      Toyota sold about 178,000 Tacomas.
      Nissan sold about 232,000 Altimas.
      Honda sold about 177,000 Odyssey vans.

      Those would likely be some in the 11-20 list.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If it's just me I apologize, but Lithous please compose your statements better so I understand your point of view. Currently I find it hard to comprehend what you are writing. For instance the pontiac cobalt thing. Please rephrase."

      Jared, Nice to meet you. What don't you understand?

      Even GM execs admit that the Pontiac G5 is a Chevy Cobalt and were almost apologetic when anouncing the G5's arrival. So I was curious how many G5's to add to the Cobalt number and simply listed it as a Pontiac Cobalt (on purpose).

      Aki, of course, being the Domestic car lover that he is was upset to find that the G5 didn't help the Cobalt beat the Ultima and quickly (because of his disappointment) told me the numbers.

      Anything else I can clarify for you just let me know. Sorry if I am not as clear as I would like to be. I'll try harder. Seriously.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I assume this also includes fleet sales. I'd like to see the number without fleet sales in them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just a question to the blog...how come nobody on here ever mentions leasing, I don't know about the U.S, but leasing is almost 60% of the new car market in Canada, I'd be hard pressed to find 10 people that have 200,000 km's let alone miles, and some of you guys are talking 500,000. I don't care if it's an Accord, Impala,or Bimmer...who the hell wants to drive the same car that long?
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it's just me I apologize, but Lithous please compose your statements better so I understand your point of view. Currently I find it hard to comprehend what you are writing. For instance the pontiac cobalt thing. Please rephrase.
      • 8 Years Ago
      no ryan, it's not a fair comparison. but it is a fair statement to say that gm does build some very great cars. sorry i don't like the honda's, nissan's and toyota's, but my honest opinion is they are'nt anywhere near as good as they are cracked up to be. i happen to like the impala's. everytime we go to florida, we try to rent one when possible, but i just like the sls/sts so much more. my first sls was totaled out at 34k, and between it and my next two, i put well over 500K on them and were completley trouble free. you talk about resale, in the near future i plan to buy my daughter a car for college and if an impala sells for depreciation you talk about, then i'm going th save a bundle on a one year old. so those who don't buy new can by all means get one helluva deal. it's a win win.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Despite the fact that Tuners and foreign makes are steadly climbing in sales, i am glad to see 3trucks in the top 5. There are still a few true Americans supporting the American Companies. Trucks, I myself have a '90 Dodge 250, show true American upbringings and the fact that hard work overshadows the lazy city folk who drive cheap Hondas thinking they're the "BIG Shot".
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't even know why I bother reading the comments section anymore. I can't believe how immature and idiotic some of you are. How can people that go to a car blog every day still be 20 years behind the automotive industry? Is this what only owning Ford products does to your brain?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "4th place is the 3rd loser"

      So Ryan, what are you #1 in the world at again, 'cause I missed that memo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford sales down 20%

      All Explorers aside, Ford needs to try something new. Maybe spinning off its premier auto group with mazda as a seperate stock to raise money.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I fully expect the Altima to rise back up the charts to #7 or even maybe #6. The decrease for 2006 was due to the temporary sales halt in the first half of the year on the 4 cyl. models and then the slow down in sales of the old model leading up to the new 2007 models. I predict sales to be in the 275,000 - 290,000 range.
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