Domestic automakers are making gains in sales at the expense of Japanese car companies as a result of lingering effects of the March earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan. Among the top selling sedans June 2011, three of the top five are domestic makes – two from Chevrolet and one from Ford.

We’ll cover the five top selling sedans, June 2011, in some detail and mention numbers six through ten at the end.

1. 2011 Chevrolet CruzeIt’s a big leap for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, a compact that boasts the interior roominess of a midsize, from fifth place in May sales to the number one spot for June. The Chevy Cruze sold a total of 24,896 units in June and for the year to date totals 122,972 sales. In a review of the highly fuel-efficient Cruze Eco, AutoWeek says, “This is a pretty darn good little car that’s suitable for most of the occasions of everyday life. It’s decent-looking, has a nice interior, generally sips fuel yet still has a hint of punch from the turbo and is a significant step forward for Chevrolet.”

2. 2011 Chevrolet MalibuThe five-passenger midsize 2011 Chevrolet Malibu slips one place from number one in May to second top selling sedans June 2011. During June, the Chevy Malibu sold 23,797 units, while year-to-date sales are 122,783. This is up 13.4 percent from year-ago levels. Consumer Guide hails the Malibu as a Recommended choice among midsize cars saying “It stands out for its refined powertrains, smart interior design and value pricing. We especially like the smooth, quiet 4-cylinder engine. Considering a Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, or Toyota Camry? Be sure to add Malibu to your test-drive list.”

3. 2011 Toyota Camry – June sales of the midsize 2011 Toyota Camry are up considerably from its seventh-place position in May. During the month of June, the Camry racked up 21,375 sales, good enough for third place in the top selling sedans June 2011. Through June 2011, calendar year sales of 147,469 are off 5.0 percent from the same period last year. Car and Driver comments, “The Camry became one of the bestselling cars in America [for eight years] by excelling in quality and refinement, but unintended-acceleration woes and declining levels of fit and finish have dinged its reputation. The Accord and the Mazda 6 drive better, but the Camry remains spacious and comfortable.”

4. 2011 Ford Fusion – Off one position from third place in May, the 20,808 June sales of the 2011 Ford Fusion are enough to put the midsize sedan in solid fourth place for the month. Also, through June the Fusion’s sales of 131,685 are up 18 percent over year-ago levels. Ford says that 80 percent of Fusion models sold are with four-cylinder engines, up from 50 percent when the car first came out five years ago. Kelley Blue Book notes the 2011 Ford Fusion appeals to buyers who “need the practicality of a well-appointed, well-engineered and crisp-handling family-sized four-door.”

5. 2011 Nissan AltimaSlipping three spots from its May second-place finish, the 2011 Nissan Altima midsize sedan is in fifth place for the month of June with sales of 19,534 units. The Altima still leads the Ford Fusion in year-to-date sales, though, racking up 131,842 sales through June, up 17.6 percent over the same period in 2010. Kelley Blue Book calls the 2011 Nissan Altima remains “a strong – albeit aging – contender in the lucrative family sedan segment.”

Ranking in spots six through ten top selling sedans June 2011 are the compact Toyota Corolla (18,872), midsize Hyundai Sonata (18,644), compact Honda Civic (17,485), midsize Honda Accord (17,107) and large Chevrolet Impala (16,325).

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