January Compact Sales: Toyota Corolla Passes Civic for Top Spot, Focus is Third

After winning the crown for best-selling compact car during 2012, the Honda Civic finished second during January, with 21,881 units sold. The Toyota Corolla had a better start to 2013, with 23,822 copies going home to customers, good enough for a first-place finish in its segment.

The Ford Focus didn’t crest the 20,000 mark, but still took third place with 16,161 total sales. Fourth and fifth place went to the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra with 14,524 and 12,174 units sold, respectively. Volkswagen managed to sell 10,522 copies of its Jetta sedan and 2013 Honda Civic EX front end in motion 300x187 imagewagon, though we’re curious to see how the newly launched hybrid variant will affect the four-door’s sales performance through 2013.

Read more about compact sales: 2012 Compact Sales: Honda Civic Leads, Toyota Corolla and Focus on Podium

The new Nissan Sentra sold 8979 units during January and the Mazda3 sedan took eighth place, with 8074 copies sold. Completing our chart are the Dodge Dart (including 13 units of the discontinued Caliber), the Subaru Impreza, and the Kia Forte.

Car January 2013 January 2012
Toyota Corolla 23,822 17,988
Honda Civic 21,881 21,883
Ford Focus 16,161 14,400
Chevrolet Cruze 14,524 15,049
Hyundai Elantra 12,174 10,900
Volkswagen Jetta 10,522 10,962
Nissan Sentra 8979 7066
Mazda3 8074 9200
Dodge Dart/Caliber 7167 1149
Subaru Impreza/WRX 5896 6931
Kia Forte 4408 4417


Source: The automakers

By Erick Ayapana