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5 Best-Selling Small Cars in May

Stocks in this article: F GM HMC TM

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) made the best-selling compact car in the U.S., as its Chevrolet Cruze sold 22,711 units. The Ford (F) Focus was second, at 22,303 units.

Chevy Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze sales soared in May.

Of course, production woes in Japan put a temporary ceiling on the Honda (HMC) and Toyota (TM) 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.

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