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Being Driven in Droves: The 10 Most Popular New Cars

Oct. 1, 2008

Daniel Soussa--HispanicBusiness.com

The Most Popular Cars

What are the most popular cars out there on the road today? With so many different models available on the open market, picking out a new car can be a challenging decision. It may help to know which cars that are peeling away from dealerships all over the nation. Here is a list of the top 10 cars sold by unit volume purchased from Jan. 1, 2008 to Aug. 31, 2008.

The number one selling automobile on the U.S. market is the Honda Accord. The company redesigned the Accord for 2008 with upgraded technologies such as the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) feature, found on the six-cylinder model, that controls the number of cylinders used during different driving conditions. Honda's redesign was well worth it, resulting in 290,671 Accord's sold.

"Toyota. Moving Forward" is a recent slogans of the Toyota motor corporation. The Toyota Camry has been zooming forward, with 268,211 units sold nationwide. The Camry has four trim levels: the CE, LE, SE and XLE. All come standard with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The LE, SE and XLE trims have the option of either the four-cylinder engine or, if you want to pack a little more punch, a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-six is available.

Honda's Civic coupe and sedan -- Si coupe and Si sedan -- both get at least 29 MPG. The Civic was born in 1972 and is the second longest continuously produced nameplate behind Toyota's Corolla, which is four years older than the Civic. There have been 244,711 eighth-generation Civics sold this year.

Increasing gasoline prices haven't stopped people from trucking. Chevrolet sold 233,588 Silverado 1500 trucks with power plants available with six or eight cylinder engines in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive systems. The Silverado with its different trims, bed size and cab room combined with safety, reliability, a stylish look, and gas mileage that is among the best in its class make the Silverado one of the best selling trucks of '08.

The Ford F-series trucks have been the number one most-sought-after truck the past 31 years, but this year the F-150 fell to second place behind the Silverado. The Ford F-150 has found its way to homes and construction sites all over the nation with 230,539 being purchased.

The Toyota Corolla is the most popular car to ever roll off the production line and the best-selling nameplate in automotive history. Now in its tenth generation, the Corolla has a reputation of being reliable, fuel efficient, and affordable, which is probably why 222,080 people have taken one off the lot.

Nissan's Altima has also proven to be popular amongst the public with 200,993 units sold in '08. A 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine propels the Altima. For 2008, Nissan added a coupe model of the Altima, with a more stylish design.

Chevrolet Impala's are available with three engine options, a 3.5-liter, 211 horsepower V-six; a 3.9-liter, 233 horsepower V-six; and a 5.3-liter, 303 horsepower V-eight. Both the 3.9-liter and the 5.3-liter engines come standard with Chevy's Active Fuel Management technology, which deactivates half the cylinders while at cruising speeds to conserve fuel. In total 182,591 Impala's have found their way from the assembly line to the tarmac.

In 2000, Ford introduced the Focus as an economy car that is affordable, with some styling, and is reliable. The Focus can be found as a coupe or sedan, with both models available in three trims, the S, SE, and SES. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder motor powers all. Ford successfully sold 155,036 Focus's.

In 2004, Chevrolet swapped out their Cavalier and introduced a new compact car to the market dubbed the Cobalt. Chevy has sold 145,941Cobalts, which are available as both sedans and coupes and come in four trim levels. The sedan trims include the LS, LT, LTZ and SS and the coupe: LS, LT, SS and the performance-oriented SS Supercharged. Unfortunately, the SS versions were canceled for the '08 year. The Cobalts are equipped with a standard 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Rankings supplied by Edmunds.com .


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