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

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USA small car sales chart 2013
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In any other month, we'd be paying a lot of attention to the fact that America's new vehicle market was stagnant; that car sales were down; that small car sales were particularly poor.

But this is early January, and the December 2013 sales we're all analyzing come alongside year end figures. And 2013, as a whole, was a good year for the U.S. auto industry, better than any period since  2007. 

The Automotive News Data Center says car sales fell 3.5% in December 2013. This tabulation shows car sales falling 3.2%. 


As you'll see in the tables below, U.S. compact car sales slid 11% in December. Subcompact car sales were down 4% in December 2013. The four small city cars - all unique - were 28% off December 2012's pace. The Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen Beetle, and two Asian alternatives - Veloster and tC - fell 9%. 

In 2013, the best-selling compact, best-selling car, and third-best-selling car overall was the Honda Civic. America's top-selling subcompact in 2013 was the Nissan Versa. Its lead over the second-ranked Chevrolet Sonic was 31,706-units strong in 2013. The Civic outsold the Toyota Corolla (and its discontinued Matrix hatchback offshoot) by 34,000 sales this year, up from a 26,962-unit gap in 2012.

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 subcompacts, compacts, city cars, and all small 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 2013 • December 2012
Compact
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012

Change
1573
2485-36.7%20,43012,25166.8%
2929
4820-39.2%45,52741,04210.9%
18,162
21,230-14.5%248,224237,7584.4%
5449
6105-10.7%83,38825,304230%
15,569
22,604-31.1%234,570245,922-4.6%
29,000
33,118-12.4%336,180 317,9095.7%
21,692
19,02414.0%247,912202,03422.7%
4302
42760.6%66,14675,681-12.6%
7669
10,297-25.5%104,713 123,361-15.1%
1362
13014.7%19,451 16,42618.4%
10,799
775539.3%129,143 106,39521.4%
6629
7505-11.7%76,82581,799-6.1%
---
1051-100%285912,860-77.8%
22,562
24,679-8.6%302,180290,9473.9%
1852
2854-35.1%30,93140,885-24.3%
15,393
15,661-1.7%163,793180,424-3.9%
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Total
164,942
184,765-10.7%2,112,272 2,010,998 5.0%

Subcompact
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
Chevrolet Aveo
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3-100%267-97.0%
4435
5990-26.0%85,64681,2475.4%
4476
5612-20.2%71,07356,77525.2%
4617
368025.5%53,51349,3468.4%
7100
2933142%60,45861,004-0.9%
2156
2343-8.0%40,74240,2751.2%
1228
2967-58.6%11,757 19,315-39.1%
1388
------2935------
8864
10,618-16.5%117,352113,3273.6%
2810
3151-10.8%41,97935,73317.5%
601
1999-69.9%21,34230,590-30.2%
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Total
37,675
39,296-4.1%506,799 487,679 3.9%

City Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
1712
2229-23.2%34,13012,385176%
11
77-85.7%1029 58875.0%
201
576-65.1%40468879-54.4%
855
996-14.2%926410,009-7.4%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
2779
3878-28.3%48,469 31,861 52.1%

Sporty Hatchbacks
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
2324
3707-37.3%35,83443,772 -18.1%
3047
197654.2%30,71134,862 -11.9%
3887
4232-8.2%41,91545,111 -7.1%
1143
1383-17.4%19,094 22,666 -15.8%
2819
3182-11.4%43,13429,174 47.9%
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Total
13,220
14,480-8.7%170,688 175,585 -2.8%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
% Change
2761
------31,956------
---
------321-85.7%
---
31-100%45 10,176-99.6%
1421
------7402 ------
6345
7177-11.6%118,079 115,7782.0%
2055
2224-7.6%21,325 21,0121.5%
650
------3262------
2358
177033.2%24,95118,09137.9%
432
589-26.7%54617667-28.8%
3076
273912.3%38,15736,3584.9%
1288
1391-7.4%17,84919,787-9.8%
662
677-2.2%900510,756-16.3%
5525
340962.1%53,7417396627%
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---
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Total
26,573
20,00732.8%331,236 247,042 34.1%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small Car Sales In America - December 2014 & Year End
Small Car Sales In America - January 2014
Small Car Sales In America - November 2013 YTD
Small Car Sales In America - December 2012 & 2012 Year End
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - December 2013
Top 25 Best-Selling Cars In America - 2013 Year End
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2013 & 2013 Year End
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2013 & Year End

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