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From the 24 November 2010 issue of Autocar magazine:

The US’s top 10 list remains festooned [love the Brit’s use of the English language] with cars from the Far East. The number one best-seller Stateside between January and September was the Toyota Camry.  This was closely followed by the Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Nissan Altima, giving a clean sweep to the Japanese car firms for the entire top five.

The highest placed home-grown, so to speak, was the Chevrolet Malibu [6th place], while in seventh was Ford’s Fusion (a Mondeo-sized ‘sedan’ not to be confused with the ungainly Fiesta descendant that wears the same badge over here). Hyundai’s Sonata was eight, the aforementioned Focus was ninth and the Chevrolet Impala rounded off the top 10.

In the UK, the top 10 for the same period of time was:

  1. Ford Fiesta
  2. Ford Focus (not the same as the one sold here, yet)
  3. Vauxhall Astra (GM-Europe)
  4. Vauxhall Corsa (GM Europe)
  5. Volkswagen Golf
  6. Volkswagen Polo
  7. Peugeot 207
  8. Renault Clio
  9. MINI
  10. Audi A3

The only car in common was the Ford Focus and even that isn’t the same unremarkable Focus sold here. It’s the 2nd generation European Focus.  The 3rd generation Focus will be sold worldwide, including in the US, early next year with US MSRP beginning at $16,270 for the sedan.

2012 Ford Focus Hatchback. MSRP for the base SE hatch: $18,065

Also, the UK list is almost exclusively small cars, by US standards, with smaller gasoline or diesel powertrains. The hop over the pond and the different taxing schemes on cars and gasoline/diesel fuel  (not to mention the impossible parking and clogged traffic of London) really makes a big difference.


Art Center College of Design’s main campus is nestled in a secluded residential Pasadena neighborhood in the hills above the Rose Bowl. The black glass and steel buildings are a masterpiece of Modern design by LA Architect Craig Ellwood.

Art Center Campus

Art Center Campus and Car Classic Pavilion

Art Center Campus - Car Show 2010 Registration Building

I first became aware of Art Center more than 35 years ago when a little orange ball decal appeared in the windshield of a friend’s screaming red, always mechanically-challenged, Triumph TR-4A. She was attending Art Center studying package design and her projects always caught both my imagination and my breath.

2010 marks Art Center’s 80th anniversary. Two years after its founding during the depths of the Great Depression, Art Center established its industrial design program that encompasses almost every tangible consumer and industrial product manufactured in our world today, including automotive designs from its world renowned Transportation Design Department.

Art Center Student Illustration - Porsche, I think

The Transportation Design Department’s alumni have been involved some of the most iconic designs of the 20th and 21st Century including the Disneyland Monorail, the ’57 Chevy, the Corvette Sting Ray, the Porsche Boxster, the Enzo Ferrari and hundreds of Hot Wheels toy cars. Graduates have positions at virtually major automotive studio in the world. It also helps that there are more than 23 advanced automotive design studios in Southern California – testament to the global importance of our trend-setting car culture. (more…)