DETROIT ( TheStreet) -- This time, when fuel prices rose dramatically and demand rose for compact cars, Detroit automakers were ready.
In May, for the first time in five years, GM (GM - Get Report) made the best-selling compact car in the U.S., as its Chevrolet Cruze sold 22,711 units. The Ford (F - Get Report) Focus was second, at 22,303 units.
|Chevrolet Cruze sales soared in May.|
Of course, production woes in Japan put a temporary ceiling on the Honda (HMC - Get Report) and Toyota (TM - Get Report) production. But it is clear that the success of the Cruze and the Focus reflects not only a temporary setback for rivals, but also gains for Detroit in the areas of competitive worker compensation and commitment to better small cars.
Compact cars represented 16% of U.S. sales in May, up 19% year-to-date.Read on for the top five small cars in the U.S. in May.