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


U.S. small car sales chart April 2012
U.S. Small Car Sales April 2012
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U.S. passenger car sales rose slightly less than 2% in April 2012 even as light truck sales improved 2.7%. The Chevrolet Cruze was responsible for delivering 7000 fewer sales this April. Hyundai’s Elantra was down by more than 5200 sales. Nissan Sentra sales dropped by approximately 2000 units. Ford lost 4000 Fiesta sales. Honda Fit sales plunged by more than 4900 units.

Among larger cars, Buick Regal sales fell by precisely 1673 units. Buick, however, sold 2989 Veranos in April 2012 and, of course, zero at this time last year. Sales of the Volkswagen CC were worse than cut in half, a statistic bad enough to drag the CC onto GoodCarBadCar’s list of America’s worst-selling cars. Chevrolet saw Impala sales fall by more than 6100 units. The Lucerne is dead, so Buick inevitably lost those 3000 sales. But LaCrosse sales also fell. The 20% drop worked out to 1104 fewer buyers.

U.S. midsize car sales chart April 2012
U.S. Midsize Car
Sales April 2012

Yet again we would say, despite these drastic losses, passenger car sales did rise in April 2012. The losses posted by Chevrolet’s three bigger sedans (and the disappearance of 6222 HHR sales) may be an easier pill to swallow when one realizes that the Sonic has proven to be a hit so far. Year-to-date, compared with the Aveo, Chevy subcompact sales are up 120%. Chrysler is losing the Caliber, but before even gaining the Dart, the Fiat 500 is finally proving to be a big help. 3849 were sold in April. Had Accord sales remained level, the Honda division’s car branch would have been down 15.8%. Instead, Accord sales shot up 25.6% and Honda’s car branch was down just 5.5%. 

The Accord represented 53.7% of Honda car sales, 32.2% of Honda brand sales, 49.1% of Honda/Acura car sales, and 29% of all Honda/Acura sales in April. The Accord wasn’t America’s best-selling car last month, however. That crown was worn by the Toyota Camry for the sixth consecutive month

U.S. large car sales chart
U.S. Large Car
Sales April 2012

The charts you see alongside can be clicked for a larger view. U.S. non-luxury and non-sporty passenger car sales are broken down alphabetically after the jump. You’ll find April and year-to-date numbers and those numbers compared year-over-year with April 2011 and the first four months of 2011. Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these vehicles and every other nameplate currently on sale can be accessed through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page.

Small Car
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Verano
2989
—– 7969 —–
Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo
6393
+ 37.6% 28,298 + 120%
Chevrolet Cruze
18,205
– 27.6% 75,288 – 0.1%
Dodge Caliber
1408
– 64.5% 6646 – 51.0%
Fiat 500
3849
+ 336% 12,699 + 819%
Ford Fiesta
5135
– 43.9% 20,657 – 29.9%
Ford Focus
19,425
+ 12.5% 85,468 + 57.3%
Honda Civic
24,423
– 8.8% 101,592 + 10.7%
Honda Fit
3202
– 60.5% 3035 – 65.1%
Hyundai Accent
6160
+ 40.3% 24,644 + 30.6%
Hyundai Elantra
16,836
– 23.8% 61,237 – 3.3%
Kia Forte
7053
– 17.4% 25,557 – 4.3%
Kia Rio
4006
+ 55.6% 14,709 + 97.2%
Kia Soul
10,716
+ 2.5% 43,290 + 33.1%
Mazda 2
1048
– 23.4% 8312 + 59.3%
Mazda 3
8508
– 0.9% 42,218 + 23.7%
Mini Cooper
4198
– 11.4% 14,246 + 3.4%
Mitsubishi i MiEV
79
—– 215 —–
Mitsubishi Lancer
1396
– 30.4% 5561 – 12.1%
Nissan Cube
573
– 66.9% 2650 – 69.5%
Nissan Sentra
7410
– 20.9% 39,173 – 20.6%
Nissan Versa
8335
+ 30.0% 43,530 + 18.5%
Scion iQ
962
—– 3485 —–
Scion xB
1617
– 11.7% 6482 – 1.4%
Scion xD
916
– 24.0% 3466 – 7.0%
smart fortwo
764
+ 63.6% 3028 + 74.6%
Subaru Impreza
8143
+ 86.5% 32,072 + 104%
Suzuki SX4
854
– 14.6% 4195 + 9.4%
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
24,804
+ 2.4% 93,232 – 7.6%
Toyota Yaris
4274
+ 115% 14,443 + 68.0%
Volkswagen Beetle
2065
+ 25,713% 6738 + 551%
Volkswagen Golf
3876
+ 14.5% 12,912 + 17.8%
Volkswagen Jetta
15,658
– 7.6% 54,424 – 6.1%

Midsize Car
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Regal
2852
– 37.0% 9952 – 30.0%
Chevrolet Malibu
21,906
– 11.3% 80,456 + 9.5%
Chevrolet Volt
1462
+ 197% 5377 + 216%
Chrysler 200
13,343
+ 61.3% 44,981 + 120%
Dodge Avenger
11,147
+ 47.1% 32,776 + 69.6%
Ford Fusion
21,610
+ 20% 85,559 – 0.8%
Honda Accord
35,385
+ 25.6% 96,517 + 2.3%
Honda Crosstour
1769
– 16.9% 5122 – 31.5%
Honda Insight
738
– 72.1% 3035 – 65.1%
Hyundai Sonata
20,521
– 5.6% 75,716 + 2.9%
Kia Optima
11,021
+ 68.7% 46,401 + 110%
Mazda 6
3780
+ 38.3% 21,665 + 81.1%
Mitsubishi Galant
1812
+ 181% 7197 – 11.7%
Nissan Altima
16,239
– 5.8% 112,599 + 29.7%
Nissan LEAF
370
– 35.4% 2103 + 105%
Subaru Legacy
3799
– 4.4% 15,916 + 12.1%
Subaru Outback
8548
– 9.7% 35,608 + 2.0%
Suzuki Kizashi
464
– 19.6% 1895 – 26.3%
Toyota Camry
36,820
+ 20.9% 142,225 + 32.6%
Toyota Prius
25,168
+ 102% 86,027 + 55.7%
Toyota Venza
3051
– 5.9% 11,685 + 2.9%
Volkswagen Passat
10,096
—– 34,635 + 15,861%
Volkswagen CC
1136
– 64.1% 5291 – 42.5%

Large Car
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick LaCrosse
4545
– 19.5% 18,023 – 3.0%
Buick Lucerne
60
– 98.0% 888 – 91.7%
Chevrolet Impala
14,965
– 29.0% 65,342 – 7.5%
Chrysler 300
7763
+ 138% 27,729 + 221%
Dodge Charger
7991
– 5.8% 30,496 + 33.8%
Ford Taurus
7211
+ 15.2% 22,110 + 6.6%
Hyundai Azera
953
+ 399% 1112 + 56.0%
Nissan Maxima
3444
+ 1.4% 20,934 + 18.4%
Toyota Avalon
2881
+ 7.5% 12,924 + 41.1%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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