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


2012 Honda Civic Sedan Brown
May 2012 U.S. small car sales chart
U.S. Small Car Sales Chart
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Car & Driver insists Honda is in deep trouble, and writer Dave Mable makes some good points. Honda’s current lineup leaves much to be desired. But the Civic is still the Civic, and Civics are wildly popular in America. It’s not just an up-83%-in-May-2012-after-a-bad-May-2011 kind of thing. U.S. Civic sales are up 23% this year compared with the first five months of 2011 when, in fact, Civic sales had risen 2.8%.

Honda small car success is not guaranteed. The Fit, a car many in the industry believe to be better than the Civic at actually being a Honda, is down 33% this year. May 2012 Fit sales slid 35%. Combined, Honda sold 37,369 Civics and Fits. Ford sold 30,849 Foci and Fiestas. Toyota sold 35,368 Corollas, Matrices, and Yari. Korea’s two deeply connected manufacturers, Hyundai and Kia, found 46,990 buyers for the Accent, Elantra, Forte, Rio, and Soul. Toyota, it should be said, also sold 3771 non-FR-S Scions and 3693 Prius C hatchbacks, taking Toyota May 2012 U.S. small car total up to 42,832.

U.S. May 2012 midsize car sales chart
U.S. Midsize Car Sales Chart

Honda’s aging midsizer wasn’t the class leader in May, but the Toyota Camry was the only midsize car to sell more often in May. Accord sales jumped 75%; Camry sales more than doubled from May of last year when supply was terribly restricted. The Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger, Honda Crosstour, Kia Optima, and Mazda 6 reported huge year-over-year increases, as well. None compared to the Volkswagen Passat’s 1,017,700% jump. Volkswagen sold one Passat in May 2011.

After ending 2011 6563 sales behind the Dodge Charger, May was the first time in 2012 that the Ford Taurus outsold either the Charger or Chrysler 300. Indeed, the Taurus outsold both cars last month as a result of its 24% jump. The Taurus even sold well in large car-averse Canada, where sales jumped 339% in May.

U.S. May 2012 large car sales chart
U.S. Large Car Sales Chart

According to Automotive News, passenger car sales increased 24% in May compared with the same period a year earlier. Cars carried more than their fair share of the load, accounting for 52% of the overall market. 

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these cars and every other automobile on sale in North America can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GoodCarBadCar’s Sales Stats home or at the top right of this page. The three accompanying charts, which you can click in order to gain a larger view, rank these small, midsize, and large cars by volume, rather than alphabetically as the tables do after the jump.

Small Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Verano
3609
—– 11,578 —–
Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo
7210
+ 58.9% 35,508 + 104%
Chevrolet Cruze
19,613
– 13.6% 94,901 – 3.2%
Dodge Caliber
1341
– 66.5% 7987 – 54.6%
Fiat 500
4003
+ 128% 16,702 + 432%
Ford Fiesta
6080
– 14.6% 26,737 – 26.9%
Ford Focus
24,769
+ 11.1% 110,237 + 43.8%
Honda Civic
33,490
+ 82.6% 135,082 + 22.7%
Honda Fit
3879
– 34.5% 19,706 – 33.2%
Hyundai Accent
6166
+ 303% 30,810 + 51.0%
Hyundai Elantra
18,877
– 5.6% 80,114 – 3.8%
Kia Forte
7782
– 4.3% 33,339 – 4.3%
Kia Rio
4019
+ 59.5% 18,728 + 87.7%
Kia Soul
10,146
– 9.1% 53,436 + 22.4%
Mazda 2
901
– 21.1% 9213 + 44.9%
Mazda 3
8474
– 3.6% 50,692 + 18.1%
Mini Cooper
4377
+ 7.0% 18,623 + 4.2%
Mitsubishi i MiEV
85
—– 300 —–
Mitsubishi Lancer
1405
– 34.7% 6966 – 17.9%
Nissan Cube
724
– 51.8% 3374 – 66.9%
Nissan Sentra
7600
– 1.3% 46,773 – 18.0%
Nissan Versa
8643
+ 80.3% 52,173 + 25.6%
Scion iQ
897
—– 4382 —–
Scion xB
1855
+ 57.5% 8337 + 7.5%
Scion xD
1019
+ 19.3% 4485 – 2.1%
smart fortwo
703
+ 42.9% 3731 + 67.6%
Subaru Impreza
8311
+ 218% 40,383 + 120%
Suzuki SX4
1101
– 1.0% 5296 + 7.0%
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
31,847
+ 87.5% 125,079 + 6.1%
Toyota Yaris
3521
+ 108% 17,964 + 74.6%
Volkswagen Beetle
3002
+ 74,950% 9740 + 837%
Volkswagen Golf
3878
+ 11.1% 16,790 + 16.1%
Volkswagen Jetta
15,175
– 9.0% 69,599 – 6.8%

Midsize Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Regal
2550
– 40.0% 12,502 – 32.3%
Chevrolet Malibu
29,579
+ 15.5% 110,035 + 11.1%
Chevrolet Volt
1680
+ 249% 7057 + 223%
Chrysler 200
13,250
+ 85.3% 58,231 + 111%
Dodge Avenger
10,682
+ 92.7% 43,458 + 74.8%
Ford Fusion
26,857
+ 8.9% 112,416 + 1.4%
Honda Accord
29,737
+ 74.7% 126,254 + 13.3%
Honda Crosstour
2015
+ 72.7% 7137 – 17.5%
Honda Insight
512
– 64.3% 3547 – 65.0%
Hyundai Sonata
20,765
– 8.7% 96,481 + 0.1%
Kia Optima
13,364
+ 79.8% 59,765 + 103%
Mazda 6
2294
+ 40.0% 23,959 + 76.1%
Mitsubishi Galant
1895
+ 31.3% 9092 – 5.3%
Nissan Altima
22,690
– 11.1% 135,289 + 20.5%
Nissan LEAF
510
– 55.3% 2613 + 20.6%
Subaru Legacy
4462
+ 23.3% 20,378 + 14.4%
Subaru Outback
9192
+ 9.0% 44,800 + 3.4%
Suzuki Kizashi
599
– 3.7% 2494 – 21.9%
Toyota Camry
39,571
+ 110% 181,796 + 44.2%
Toyota Prius
21,477
+ 210% 107,504 + 72.9%
Toyota Venza
3608
+ 12.5% 15,293 + 5.0%
Volkswagen Passat
10,178
+ 1,017,700% 44,813 + 20,456%
Volkswagen CC
1607
– 59.6% 6898 – 47.7%

Large Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick LaCrosse
5663
+ 18.6% 23,686 + 1.4%
Buick Lucerne
34
– 98.5% 922 – 92.9%
Chevrolet Impala
15,879
– 5.0% 81,221 – 7.0%
Chrysler 300
6101
+ 140% 33,830 + 203%
Dodge Charger
6735
– 14.0% 37,231 + 21.6%
Ford Taurus
7783
+ 24.0% 29,893 + 10.7%
Hyundai Azera
1053
+ 558% 2165 + 148%
Nissan Maxima
4565
+ 6.3% 25,499 + 16.0%
Toyota Avalon
1959
– 7.3% 14,883 + 32.1%

Source: Manufacturers
Five of the Sonic/Aveos sold in May were Aveos; 53 year-to-date. Prius Sales: 13,053 Liftback plus 1086 Plug-In equal 14,139 Prius sales without the Prius V or Prius C, which sold 3645 and 3693 times, respectively, in May 2012.

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