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Dodge Charger Leads All RWD Sedans in Q1 Sales

Through the first three months of 2017, the Dodge Charger leads all rear wheel drive sedans in sales and in terms of every rear wheel drive car sold in America – only the Ford Mustang has sold more units, and that is by a narrow margin.

The Dodge Charger is often credited as being the quickest, fastest and most powerful gasoline-powered 4-door sedan in the world, but the automotive world seems to lose track of the fact that it is also one of the best-selling sedans in the US market. The Charger is the bestselling sedan and the bestselling car for both Dodge and FCA as a whole, but it is also the bestselling sedan with rear wheel drive in the US market. There are sedans sold in the US which outsell the Charger, but they are all either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive with a front-drive chassis – and they are all smaller.

In fact, the Dodge Charger is ranks second in sales among all rear wheel drive-based cars sold in America, with only the Ford Mustang - the world’s bestselling sports car – edging it out by a narrow margin.

Dodge Charger VS the American Rivals
During the first three months of 2017, FCA has sold 22,319 examples of the Dodge Charger in the United States. Ford has better selling sedans with the Focus and Fusion, but those are both FWD-based vehicles, as are the hottest selling sedans from Chevrolet (Malibu, Cruze). The Ford Taurus (FWD/AWD) has only moved 10,852 units this year while Chevy’s Impala (FWD) has sent out 22,022 units, so among the large American sedans, the Charger is the top dog.

Cadillac sells an array of rear wheel drive sedans including the ATS, CTS and CT6, but those three RWD 4-door models have only accounted for 8,236 units sold this year, combined.

So among the US automakers, the Dodge Charger is the bestselling large sedan, the bestselling rear wheel drive sedan and the second-bestselling rear wheel drive car. However, the strongest competition when it comes to rear wheel drive sedans comes from across the pond.

Dodge Charger VS The World
Again, the Dodge Charger has moved 22,319 units during the first three months of 2017 without any real competition from Ford or General Motors. Next to the Charger, the two bestselling rear wheel drive sedans in the US market are the Mercedes Benz C-Class and the BMW 3-Series – both of which fall short of the Charger’s Q1 sales. Daimler has sold 20,619 C-Class sedans and BMW has sold 14,637 3-Series sedans.

Lexus sells a handful of rear wheel drive sedans including the IS, the GS and the LS, but when you add up the Q1 sales for all three of those models, the total comes to just 8,343, so the Charger outsells all of the RWD sedans offered by Toyota Motors in the US, combined.

Finally, while Audi sells far more AWD cars than anything else, they do make some great, popular sedans, so the brand does pose a challenge to the Dodge Charger. However, when you add up all of their 4-door cars sold in the US, the total comes to 19,976, so the Charger outsells all of Audi’s sedans combined.

To summarize, the Dodge Charger is the second-bestselling rear wheel drive car in the US, trailing only the Ford Mustang, along with being the bestselling rear wheel drive sedan sold in the US and the bestselling large sedan sold in the US – while also being the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful sedan in the world.


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