As far as the automotive industry is concerned, the best thing we can say about 2009 is that it's over. Automakers sold just 10.4 million units last year, making it the worst sales year on record since 1970. 2009's sales numbers represent a staggering 21 percent decline from 2008, when 13.2 million units were sold.
Top 10 Best-Selling Vehicles of 2009
Still, there is some good news. December's sales figures showed an uptick, with a seasonally adjusted sales rate of 11.3 million units. This is promising, and suggests a more prosperous road ahead for 2010.
As far as the best-selling models are concerned, the lineup looks pretty similar to 2008's. The Toyota Camry — which ranked No. 2 in 2008 — has overtaken the previous champion, the Honda Accord, to secure the top spot. The only new face in the top 10 is the Ford Fusion, which enters at No. 10.
As you pore over this list, bear in mind that our sales figures are more granular than those reported elsewhere. For example, we don't lump all Ford F-Series sales into a single number; instead, we report separate numbers for the F-150, F-250, F-350 and F-450. Because of this, our rankings may differ slightly from those published in other sources.
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