Small Car Sales, Midsize Car Sales, Large Car Sales In America – January 2012


U.S. small car sales chart January 2012

Suggesting there are easily-defined trends developing just one month into the new year isn’t unlike believing you can decipher what newborn babies are thinking. It’s just too early to tell. However, we do know certain things. Not about what the babies think, just about the whole mainstream car sales thing. 

U.S. small car market share chart January 2012
January 2012 Small Car Market Share
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After the jump you can learn a few of these things based on midsize and large car sales results from January 2012. In the small car table you see below, there are a few stand-out facts of which you must be made aware.

Chevrolet sold 16 Aveos in January. The Mini Cooper – that’s every Mini that isn’t a Countryman – out-sold the Fiat 500 by 164 units. The Fiat 500 out-sold the Volkswagen Beetle by 510 units. The Volkswagen Beetle out-sold the smart fortwo by 905 units. And the smart fortwo out-sold the Scion iQ by 122 units. Mini sales were split, of course, between multiple models. There were 1584 “original” Cooper hatchbacks sold, both Coopers and Cooper S hatchbacks, that is. Add to that 219 Clubmans, 126 Convertibles, and 146 of those dreadfully ugly Coupes. We are also aware that 1398 of the 10,962 Jettas sold in America in January 2012 were SportWagens. Jetta wagons are basically stretched Golfs wearing Jetta badges. Sales of the Jetta sedan were down just 1.8%.

Again, scroll past the jump for details on midsize and large cars. While visiting GoodCarBadCar.net, click any chart for a larger view. Access the dropdown menu at the top right of this page to find monthly and yearly sales figures for any model on sale in North America.

Small Car
January 2012
%
Change
Buick Verano
795
—–
Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo
5728
+ 109%
Chevrolet Cruze
15,049
+ 10.4%
Chevrolet HHR
4
– 99.9%
Dodge Caliber
1149
– 52.4%
Fiat 500
1911
—–
Ford Fiesta
3502
– 18.0%
Ford Focus
14,400
+ 59.8%
Honda Civic
21,883
+ 49.5%
Honda Fit
3838
– 11.0%
Hyundai Accent
4341
+ 2.3%
Hyundai Elantra
10,900
+ 12.8%
Kia Forte
4417
– 17.1%
Kia Rio
2596
+ 167%
Kia Soul
8091
+ 51.4%
Mazda 2
3030
+ 533%
Mazda 3
9200
+ 83.4%
Mini Cooper
2075
+ 0.5%
Mitsubishi i MiEV
36
—–
Mitsubishi Lancer
1016
 – 9.8%
Nissan Cube
461
– 72.2%
Nissan Sentra
7066
– 25.9%
Nissan Versa
9418
+ 8.5%
Scion iQ
374
—–
Scion xB
1200
– 7.6%
Scion xD
652
+ 4.2%
smart fortwo
496
+ 38.5%
Subaru Impreza
6931
+ 107%
Suzuki SX4
759
– 22.4%
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
17,988
– 12.6%
Toyota Yaris
3010
+ 63.7%
Volkswagen Beetle
1401
+ 417%
Volkswagen Golf
2650
+ 32.2%
Volkswagen Jetta
10,962
– 4.3%

U.S. midsize car sales chart January 2012

There are things the table below and the surrounding charts won’t tell you about midsize car sales in America. For example, January 2012 was the worst sales month for Buick’s Regal since October 2010. It was also the Chevrolet Volt’s worst sales month since August 2011. The Nissan LEAF easily out-sold the Volt, that’s for sure, but it isn’t anywhere near its max. Nissan sold 1708 electric cars in June of last year. Sales of the handsome Suzuki Kizashi haven’t been this low since February 2010. The year-over-year change calculated for the Chrysler 200 involves Chrysler Sebring sales from a year ago. 

U.S. midsize car market share chart January 2012
January 2012 Midsize
Car Market Share Chart

Volkswagen’s year-over-year percentage change for the Passat reflects the fact that Volkswagen didn’t really have Passats to sell in the winter of 2011. Passat sales jumped from 314 in August to 3176 in September, 5040 in October, 6018 in November, 6884 in December, and then 6318 in January (a much smaller overall market). During the same period, sales of the Passat CC fell from 2371 in August to 1610 in September, up to 2025 in October, down to 1698 in November, way up to 2450 in December, and way down to 1415 in the smaller January market. It appears unlikely that the regular Passat has any impact on sales of the less practical CC.

One note on platform-sharers: together, the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, two cars which are totally unrelated in the style department, found 23,303 buyers in January. That’s enough to top the second-place Nissan Altima, but not nearly enough to challenge the all-conquering Toyota Camry for top spot.

Midsize Car
January 2012
%
Change
Buick Regal
1855
– 20.6%
Chevrolet Malibu
14,676
+ 4.1%
Chevrolet Volt
603
+ 87.9%
Chrysler 200
7007
+ 373%
Dodge Avenger
5697
+ 146%
Ford Fusion
13,614
– 5.1%
Honda Accord
13,659
+ 1.5%
Honda Crosstour
921
– 40.8%
Honda Insight
492
– 68.3%
Hyundai Sonata
14,489
+ 9.3%
Kia Optima
8814
+ 131%
Mazda 6
4929
+ 118%
Mitsubishi Galant
1727
– 32.2%
Nissan Altima
22,357
+ 35.9%
Nissan LEAF
676
+ 677%
Subaru Legacy
3119
+ 23.4%
Subaru Outback
7412
+ 6.2%
Suzuki Kizashi
253
– 73.1%
Toyota Camry
28,295
+ 58.0%
Toyota Prius/Prius V
11,555
+ 8.7%
* Prius Liftback
8500 – 20.1%
* Prius V
3055 —–
Toyota Venza
2460
+ 3.1%
Volkswagen Passat
6318
+ 5750%
Volkswagen Passat CC
1414
+ 2.3%


Large Car
January 2012
%
Change
Buick LaCrosse
4013
+ 6.4%
Buick Lucerne
421
– 85.0%
Chevrolet Caprice PPV
92
—–
Chevrolet Impala
16,009
+ 5.4%
Chrysler 300
4960
+ 273%
Dodge Charger
5537
+ 169%
Ford Taurus
3447
+ 19.0%
Hyundai Azera
18
– 88.5%
Nissan Maxima
4001
+ 27.1%
Toyota Avalon
3219
+ 79.3%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
* Prius breakdown by variant

U.S. large car sales chart January 2012
U.S. large car market share chart January 2012

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