Despite significant headwinds caused by last spring’s tragedies in Japan, Toyota quality and value helped five of the automaker’s products become the best-selling vehicles in their class in 2011, including the Toyota Camry, which was both the No. 1 mid-size sedan last year and—once again—America’s most popular car of any kind.
The Camry also was the only car in the U.S. to sell over 300,000 units in 2011, thanks in part to the introduction of the all-new, completely redesigned model this past fall. With the 2012 Camry earning a strong reception, along with 33,506 December sales, the Camry nameplate as a whole tallied 308,510 deliveries for the year; that was almost 40,000 units more than its next closest rival.
Among compact cars, even with the launch of competitors like the Chevy Cruze and next-gen versions of the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, it was still the Toyota Corolla that set the pace. According to Boston Toyota, the Corolla notched 240,259 sales last year to also become the third-best-selling car in America.
The country’s best-selling minivan? That title went to the automaker’s “Swagger Wagon,” as the Toyota Sienna leveraged its unique set of available features to garner 111,429 sales in 2011, representing a robust 12.9 percent increase over its performance in 2010. Toyota ABQ said the Sienna is the only minivan in America to offer all-wheel-drive, a sport model and a thrifty four-cylinder engine.
The U.S. compact pickup segment was won by the Toyota Tacoma, as a significant refresh of the truck, introduced late last year, propelled the Tacoma to 110,705 total sales in 2011. The 2012 Tacoma now presents a bolder, more aggressive front-end design along with a comprehensively upgraded interior that offers Toyota’s Entune connectivity and infotainment system.
Finally, the Toyota Prius was the best-selling hybrid in this country last year, a position it’s held ever since the car was first launched in America some 10 years ago. Toyota sold 136,463 Prii in 2011, and that’s a total that should be far surpassed this year, since the automaker is adding the Toyota Prius v and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the fold.
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