Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2013 And 2013 Year End

You Can't Have This Passat, But
History Suggests You Wouldn't Buy It
The Toyota Camry, America's best-selling car, was thus naturally America's best-selling midsize car in 2013. Camry sales slid 5% in December 2013, and the Camry didn't lead the category last month as Honda Accord volume jumped 10%. 

Camry sales growth in 2013 stalled, but the midsize Toyota didn't suffer the way some of its rivals did. The overpriced Buick Regal, which its dreadful sales figures suggest isn't really a rival for midsize cars or entry-level luxury cars, slid 24%. Chevrolet Malibu volume was down 5%. In its last full model year of the current generation, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sales fell 2% and 3%, respectively. Also late in its current lifecycle, Hyundai Sonata volume plunged 12%, not unpredictably, and it still outsold the Malibu. 


USA midsize car sales chart 2013
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Yet perhaps of greatest consequence in terms of future product planning, sales of the Volkswagen Passat - a car that's visiting GCBC Towers in TDI form this week - slid 6%, a 7371-unit drop. The Passat didn't have the benefit of being brand new in 2013. (Passat sales rose to record levels in the U.S. in 2012.) And it's possible that the Passat simply isn't enough of a Volkswagen; isn't Volkswagenesque the way we want it to be to continue attracting buyers after the early glow has been buffed off. 

Initially, Volkswagen's Americanization of their two sedans - Jetta and Passat - seemed to pay off. Very quickly thereafter, however, sales haven't just stalled, they've tumbled, and they've done so in a market that's rapidly growing.

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 midsize cars 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 • December 2014 • January 2014 • November 2013December 2012
Midsize Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
1747
152614.5%18,68524,616-24.1%
15,493
11,63033.2%200,594210,951-4.9%
5652
9080-37.8%122,480 125,476-2.4%
4950
7382-32.9%93,84296,889-3.1%
24,408
19,28326.6%295,280 241,26322.4%
32,321
29,4289.8%366,678331,87210.5%
14,479
20,826-30.5%203,648 230,605-11.7%
9474
12,008-21.1%155,893152,3992.3%
4365
1384215%43,63833,75629.3%
15
299-95.0%1441 13,261-89.1%
24,816
23,9663.5%320,723 302,9345.9%
2939
4217-30.3%42,291 47,127-10.3%
---
362-100%1602 5566-71.2%
29,964
31,407-4.6%408,484404,8860.9%
9254
14,462-36.0%109,652117,023-6.3%
909
2196-58.6%15,67221,646-27.6%
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---
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Total
180,786
189,456-4.6%2,400,603 2,360,270 1.7%

Midsize Hybrids & Electrics
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
2392
2633-9.2%23,09423,461-1.6%
2028
4310-52.9%35,21013,309165%
418
31034.8%4802 5846-17.9%
2529
148969.8%22,6109819130%
10,800
13,897-22.3%157,260 160,257-1.9%
9881
12,536 -21.2% 145,172 147,507 -1.6%
919
1361 -32.5% 12,088 12,750-5.2%
2110
2992-29.5%34,98940,669-14.0%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
31,077
39,528-21.3%435,225 413,618 5.2%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
1360
2183-37.7%16,84720,848-19.2%
11,002
12,072-8.9%118,049117,5530.4%
2148
4423-51.4%35,84643,095-16.8%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
14,510
18,678-22.3%170,742 181,496 -5.9%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too... 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.


RECOMMENDED READING
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2014 & Year End
Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2014
Midsize Car Sales In America - November 2013 YTD
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2012 & Year End
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - December 2013
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - 2013 Year End
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2013 & 2013 Year End
Small Car Sales In America - December 2013 & 2013 Year End

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