A transitional month for subcompact sales. Most models were up from last month, with the Hyundai Accent leading the pack again with a +13.3% gain from last year at this time.
The most improved last month was the Scion xD, which only lost 2.0% from this time last year. The Kia Rio was the poorest performer compared to last year at this time with a loss of 53.6% compared to July 2008.
Additionally, we have a new best-selling subcompact in the U.S.: The Hyundai Accent took over first place from the Toyota Yaris, which drops to second. The Nissan Versa is the third best seller. The model with the least sales is, again, the Pontiac G3.
Do note the sales of the Kia Soul, which are now at 16,027, surpassing many other vehicles including Nissan Cube, Suzuki SX4, Scion xD, Smart ForTwo, Pontiac G3, and even Kia's own Rio. (I suspect next month we can add the Chevrolet Aveo to the list, too.)
The real anomaly will be next month's results, since the "cash for clunkers" program went into effect. Allegedly, the Honda Fit has been a hot seller under the program. Stay tuned!
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