When it comes to subcompact and minicar sales, the Nissan Versa has no competition. In 2012, the Versa again took first place in the subcompact and minicar sales race. Only the Versa, currently offered as a redesigned sedan and an outgoing four-door hatchback, broke the 100,000-unit sales barrier in 2012, and was followed by the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent.
The Fiat 500 may attract a subcompact consumer willing to pay a little more for style, but it had a relatively strong year, with 43,772 units sold. With a base price in line with mid-level trims of other subcompacts, the Fiat 500 outsold cars like the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris in 2012.
As for the Chevrolet Spark, the ultra-small four-door hatchback had a late start in 2012 but may prove to be more of a threat in 2013. The same is true for the Ford Fiesta — the refreshed 2014 model goes on sale later this year and could help give it a boost to pass the Hyundai Accent for third place. Solidly in second place behind the segment-leading Nissan Versa is the Chevrolet Sonic.
Even when combining Chevrolet Spark and Sonic sales, the two GM cars fall short of the Versa’s dominance. Will the same be true for the 2013 calendar year? We’ll be watching the subcompact and minicar sales race to find out.
Source: The automakers
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By Zach Gale