Geocentric vehicles—cars with a location in their name—are not always popular in the city or state of their namesake, according to a recent report by Edmunds.com. In fact, if the names were to reflect the areas where the cars are most popular, they’d look a little something like:
– Only 0.2 percent of new cars purchased this year in La Crosse, Wis., were a Buick LaCrosse. The largest concentration of Buick LaCrosse sales are actually located about 400 miles south toward Kincaid, Ill., where the sedan made up 8.9 percent of all new car registrations this year.
– The Chevrolet Colorado is a top choice for Coloradoans navigating the rugged Rocky Mountain terrain—right? Wrong. Colorado is actually the 34th most popular state for the compact pickup, which makes up just 0.5 percent of the state's new vehicle registrations so far this year. Head two states north to Montana instead, where the truck has made up 2 percent of all new vehicle purchases this year.
– As it turns out, there isn't a whole lot of Southern California love for the Chevrolet Malibu—only 0.1 percent of new car registrations in its namesake community carried the Malibu nameplate this year, ranking the beachside city as the 10,789th most popular locale for the vehicle. If you want to find the top town, you'll have to travel 1,600 miles to Garciasville, Texas, where more than 15 percent of all new car registrations this year were Chevy Malibus.
Dodge Castle Dale
– The folks in Durango, Colo., aren't responding to the Dodge Durango—in fact, only 0.5 percent of car buyers in this picturesque mountain town opted for the Dodge SUV. One place where this vehicle is most appreciated is less than one gas tank away in Castle Dale, Utah, where 7.7 percent of all new car purchases this year were Durangos.
– Santa Fe might be the capital of New Mexico, but it's far from being the capital of its eponymous SUV. Only one-tenth of 1 percent of all new car purchases in this city were Hyundai Santa Fes year-to-date. One place where the Santa Fe SUV is truly appreciated, though, is Clements, Md.—5.6 percent of all new car sales in this unincorporated town were Santa Fes.
or Hyundai Fort Garland
– There’s not much enthusiasm for the Hyundai Tucson in Tucson, Ariz. Only four-tenths of 1 percent of all new cars registered there this year were Hyundai Tucsons. Both Wilmington, N.Y., and Fort Garland, Colo., boast the largest share of Tucsons—6.7 percent of all new sales.
Kia Cedar Grove
– Where's the "Sedona Spirit" in Sedona, Ariz.? Not a single new Kia Sedona has been registered in its namesake town this year. In Cedar Grove, W.V., however, nearly 13 percent of all new car purchases registered were Kia Sedonas.
– Almost 2 percent of vehicles registered this year in Tacoma, Wash., were Toyota Tacomas, which is relatively impressive—except when you consider that 5,492 other cities and towns have a better showing. The town with the highest rate of Toyota Tacoma purchases this year is 2,600 miles of ocean away in Kilauea, Hawaii, with one out of every four new cars registered this year being a Toyota Tacoma.
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