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
1526 14.5% 18,685 24,616 -24.1%
15,493
11,630 33.2% 200,594 210,951 -4.9%
5652
9080 -37.8% 122,480 125,476 -2.4%
4950
7382 -32.9% 93,842 96,889 -3.1%
24,408
19,283 26.6% 295,280 241,263 22.4%
32,321
29,428 9.8% 366,678 331,872 10.5%
14,479
20,826 -30.5% 203,648 230,605 -11.7%
9474
12,008 -21.1% 155,893 152,399 2.3%
4365
1384 215% 43,638 33,756 29.3%
15
299 -95.0% 1441 13,261 -89.1%
24,816
23,966 3.5% 320,723 302,934 5.9%
2939
4217 -30.3% 42,291 47,127 -10.3%
362 -100% 1602 5566 -71.2%
29,964
31,407 -4.6% 408,484 404,886 0.9%
9254
14,462 -36.0% 109,652 117,023 -6.3%
909
2196 -58.6% 15,672 21,646 -27.6%
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% 23,094 23,461 -1.6%
2028
4310 -52.9% 35,210 13,309 165%
418
310 34.8% 4802 5846 -17.9%
2529
1489 69.8% 22,610 9819 130%
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% 34,989 40,669 -14.0%
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% 16,847 20,848 -19.2%
11,002
12,072 -8.9% 118,049 117,553 0.4%
2148
4423 -51.4% 35,846 43,095 -16.8%
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.


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