Small Car Sales In America – November 2013 YTD


USA small car sales chart November 2013
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Perhaps November isn’t the fairest of occasions in which to judge the state of small cars in the United States. 

See, compacts are up 7.2% this year. Subcompact growth, at 4.6%, is only slightly slower than the growth achieved by the overall passenger car market. Because of the Chevrolet Spark, the smallest small cars have proven to be far more common a purchase this year than in 2012. Wannabe hot hatches like the Hyundai Veloster, Scion tC, and Fiat 500 haven’t fallen that far through eleven months.

However, compact car sales were down 3.3% in November 2013. Subcompacts – all ten of them – were up by just twelve units. Those city cars were down 4.3%, and those hot hatches fell especially hard, 12.9%, last month.

Consumers are spending more money than ever before on new cars, they’re willing to adopt longer payment plans to make those more expensive cars affordable, and they’re willing to drive cars that aren’t necessarily the most efficient cars available. 

Regardless, the Honda Civic was America’s best-selling small car in November 2013. The biggest year-over-year improvement among compacts was reported by the Nissan Sentra. The biggest YOY declines were posted by the two more premium players, Acura’s ILX and the Buick Verano.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank compacts, subcompacts, city cars, warm hatches, and urban crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • November 2014 • December 2013 • October 2013November 2012

Compact
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD

Change
1582
2108 – 25.0% 18,857 9766 93.1%
2724
3574 – 23.8% 42,598 36,222 17.6%
18,200
16,807 8.3% 230,062 216,528 6.3%
6486
4489 44.5% 77,939 19,199 306%
15,239
18,312 – 16.8% 219,001 223,318 – 1.9%
26,291
30,075 – 12.6% 307,180 284,791 7.9%
16,751
15,923 5.2% 226,220 183,010 23.6%
4423
4266 3.7% 61,844 71,405 – 13.4%
7756
9841 – 21.2% 97,044 113,064 – 14.2%
1508
1101 37.0% 18,089 15,125 19.6%
11,664
7176 62.5% 118,344 98,640 20.0%
5274
5905 – 10.7% 70,196 74,294 – 5.5%
1176 – 100% 2859 11,809  – 75.8%
22,434
22,616 – 0.8% 279,618 266,268 5.0%
2243
2709 – 17.2% 29,079 38,031 – 23.5%
12,417
14,259 – 12.9% 148,400 154,763 – 4.1%
Total
154,992
160,337 – 3.3% 1,947,330 1,816,233 7.2%

Subcompact
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
1 – 100% 2 64 – 96.9%
4712
5016 – 6.1% 81,211 75,257 7.9%
4642
3688 25.9% 66,597 51,163 30.2%
4140
3315 24.9% 48,896 45,666 7.1%
4641
3260 42.4% 53,358 58,071 – 8.1%
2474
2494 – 0.8% 38,586 37,932 1.7%
724
2495 – 71.0% 10,529 16,348 – 35.6%
1052
1547
8327
8826 – 5.7% 108,488 102,709 5.6%
3001
3124 – 3.9% 39,169 32,582 20.2%
712
2194 – 67.5% 20,741 28,591 – 27.5%
Total
34,425
34,413 0.1% 469,124 448,383 4.6%

City Car
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
1741
1709 1.9% 32,418 10,156 219%
12
42 – 71.4% 1018 511 99.2%
234
623 – 62.4% 3845 8303 – 53.7%
959
704 36.2% 8409 9013 – 6.7%
Total
2946
3078 – 4.3% 45,690 27,983 63.3%

Sporty Hatchbacks
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
2138
3603 – 40.7% 33,510 40,065 – 16.4%
2216
2084 6.3% 27,664 32,886 – 15.9%
2509
3640 – 31.1% 38,028 40,879 – 7.0%
1446
1493 – 3.1% 17,951 21,283 – 15.7%
2842
1987 43.0% 40,315 25,992 55.1%
Total
11,151
12,807 – 12.9% 157,468 161,105 – 2.3%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
YTD
% Change
2663
29,195
3 21 – 85.7%
32 – 100% 45 10,145 – 99.6%
937
5981
12,870
7257 77.3% 111,734 108,601 2.9%
1435
1608 – 10.8% 19,270 18,788 2.6%
631
2612
2059
1520 35.5% 22,593 16,321 38.4%
310
791 – 60.8% 5029 7078 – 28.9%
3446
3003 14.8% 35,081 33,619 4.3%
1323
1341 – 1.3% 16,561 18,396 – 10.0%
667
799 – 16.5% 8343 10,079 – 17.2%
5311
2060 158% 48,216 3987 1109%
Total
31,652
18,411 71.9% 304,663 227,035 34.2%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown.
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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