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Japanese manufacturers are continuing to feel the sting of the March tsunami and earthquake disasters. Last month, the Toyota Camry was the only vehicle from a Japanese automaker to make the list of top ten best-selling cars and trucks. The four-door typically holds onto the top slot among passenger cars, but June saw the Chevrolet Cruze take that honor. The Camry fell to the fourth-best-selling car and eighth most popular model overall. General Motors managed to move 24,896 Cruze models off of dealer lots compared to 21,375 Camry vehicles.

Not surprisingly, the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado continued to be the most popular vehicles in the land of the free. GM walked away with the second, third and fourth top-spots with the Silverado, Cruze and Malibu.

Toyota says that Camry production is ramping back up to pre-disaster levels, so it won't be long before the Japanese sedan gives the new Chevrolet compact a run for its money. Head over to USA Today for a full breakdown on the top-10 best-selling models in America last month.


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proof that Idiocracy is becoming reality.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ha pay up suckers, I called this two years ago. My call was that the Cruze would maul the Focus in sales, the Camry is just a bonus.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        Yep, my post was downrated then too. Didn't change the reality though.
        Chase
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        I own a Cruze and downrated you.
          Solider 95B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chase
          I don't own a Cruze and downrated you.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chase
          Don't really give a crap. I called this two years ago, everyone who posted here were all up in arms, You see, the euro-centric Focus was supposed to butt-rape the "Snooze". Well it didn't happen, they actually sold more in May. I said it then, GM got the formula right. The Focus is nice, but lacks the level of content in the Cruze. Everyone that was going to buy a Ford because of the Sync system, already did.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        What's your point? It was 24k to 21k. Hardly a stomping.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, you actually believe that people are standing in line waiting to buy Camrys and Accords? You go to any HondYota lot, they actually have cars sitting on their lots. Both Honda and Toyota were already trending downwards prior to the Tsunami. Hyundai, Kia and Chevrolet had something to do with that. Five years from now, you'll still be blaming the Tsunami.
          Ralph Williams
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          You can't find an accord at some Honda dealers.
          Dan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          Most people do not order cars. They go and buy what is at the dealer.
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait a minute, what happened to all the claims that Camry and Accord had more American content than cars from American mfrs. If that's true, then why are the Camrys and Accords not produced after a Japanese calamity, but the Cruze is still being pumped out?
          Mondrell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          "So if the steering wheel is sourced from japan, are you going to buy the car without the steering wheel!" - adam512 Basically. . .though the last time I extensively read up of parts origin, critical drivetrain components, if not entire units, were still being forged/assembled in Japan. Given the degree of engineering involved in some of these parts, I don't think it's in a given manufacturer's best interest to just seek out another supplier in the instance of a shortage. Even if they can or do, the alternative supplier needs time to commence production and isn't likely to be as readily equipped to meet demand.
          sysadm1n
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          If you have even 1 part that is sourced from Japan, then the entire manufacturing stream is affected.
          adam512
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          So if the steering wheel is sourced from japan, are you going to buy the car without the steering wheel!
          Mondrell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          Don't know for certain, but I'm guessing that even some of the high American content cars from otherwise foreign manufacturers have crucial components that come by way of the 'homeland.'
        mhgoblue
        • 3 Years Ago
        This number could be even bigger - I work at a good sized Chevrolet dealer and we haven't been able to keep a Cruze in stock for more than a day or two for a month and a half.
          YouLikeItOrWhat?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mhgoblue
          I recently drove a cruze eco. as a auto enthusiast, i was impressed by the solidness of the car, and frankly how fun it was to drive and still get stellar gas mileage. Chevy has finally figured out that if you make something enjoyable to drive that looks good and feels solid, people will open their wallets for you
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mhgoblue
          [blocked]
        Healthy Chap
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh sure, blame it on the Tsunami all you want, but the fact is these two cars have more American sourced content than the Cruze. As a matter of fact, the majority of the parts come from the US and if not, Canada. The Cruze would be just about as affected.
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Further proof the average American car buyer doesn't know squat about styling, performance or reliability.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the auto recycling industry will be very busy in 6 months. The Cruze is not a car. Its a trash heap.
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        so you have graphs and charts, detailed reports and scientific data to back this claim up? Well, lets see it..... oh right, nevermind, you're just an idiot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        [blocked]
        Martin Edmonds
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You mean the same one you were found in as a baby?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Thank you for proving me right. I shall continue to make you look stupid in the very near future.
      mjzalucki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Americans are realising just how dull Toyotas and Hondas are compared to their new and much more interesting competion from Chevy, Ford and Hyundai/Kia. Please Chevy, bring the Cruze hatch here.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just hope the steering wheel doesn't fall off next time I rent one from Hertz. Is that too much to ask?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        So do you have any pictures of this incident? You portray yourself as someone smart, so smart people would actually have pictures of this to show their lawyers and actually have a successful case against the rental company. It's hilarious. Whenever you're shut up in one comment, you move on and try to troll more in the same article.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Your comments are not considered serious discussion here on the AB boards. Come back when you have something intelligent to say.
      David Spillman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy there sure are a lot of pissed off Toyota and Honda fanboys on here...go ahead, rate me down. Yes, there might have been supply shortages due to Mother Nature being uncooperative, but the fact of the matter is Toyota's reputation in particular has slid a long way from where it was in terms of quality and reliability as evidenced by the slew of recalls and service bulletins posted over the past few years. Perhaps after seeing that Toyota hasn't been living up to it's (well deserved for a while, I'll admit) reputation, Honda loyalists are also calling into question the wisdom of buying a brand based on myths from the past. But yall don't want to hear that. But hey, time will bring forward the true nature of the situation so just sit tight and let's see what happens. In the meantime I hope GM will forgo the usual back-patting and self-congratulating and focus on keeping up the momentum they've gained.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Spillman
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          • 3 Years Ago
          [blocked]
          Tagbert
          • 3 Years Ago
          Just out of curiosity, which is your original account, "tantareanujellob" or "invisibleblog"? It would more more believable if you used one for normal trolling and kept the other one for batt-**** crazy trolls. these two are too much alike.
          TBN27
          • 3 Years Ago
          Mine never did. As a matter of fact none did.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fleet sales?
        K Gav
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        If anything, fleet (rental) sales are keeping Camry/Corolla numbers inflated.
        Solider 95B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        They all have fleet sales, so that isn't it.
        HaterSlayer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        According to the press release GM only sold 20K cars(total) to fleets. It's mostly a result of Toyota not having any cars to sell.
      K Gav
      • 3 Years Ago
      The one thing that makes no sense, if the Toyota inventory on the dealer lots is so low, then why have they been advertising 0% financing deals on tv and radio the last couple of weeks? Usually, manufacturers are sweetening the deal when they are having a hard time moving inventory.
      KCyclone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somehow lost in the comments so far... how about the fact the Chevy has the best selling sedan in a month? When is the last time that happened? Whether you like the car or not, the Cruz appears to be an appealing car to many and is selling well. As for the reasons for whether or not the Camry is hurt by the tsunami... I don't know, nor do I really care. It's still a good feat for GM to be selling cars at a good clip. Could you ever imagine the Cobalt nabbing the top spot? (I believe a "hell no" would be in order there).
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay for Avis
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