CARS.COM — So much for the ides of March. Amid still-low gas prices and steady economic strength, overall auto sales picked up 3.2 percent, according to Autodata Corp. Among the seven biggest automakers, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda and Nissan led the gains with big increases from trucks and SUVs. In the non-luxury product segments, subcompact and midsize SUVs boomed.
March’s top 10 bestsellers all are February repeats, and all but two had sales increases. The lone declines came from the Toyota Corolla (down 8.4 percent versus a strong March 2015) and the Camry (down 9.3 percent). Camry shoppers had a lot of new alternatives, from a redesigned Chevrolet Malibu to a refreshed Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. All three rivals saw sales increases in March, while the Camry fell — and that’s despite higher cash rebates versus year-ago levels.
Here are the top 10 best-selling cars: