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


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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% 20,430 12,251 66.8%
2929
4820 -39.2% 45,527 41,042 10.9%
18,162
21,230 -14.5% 248,224 237,758 4.4%
5449
6105 -10.7% 83,388 25,304 230%
15,569
22,604 -31.1% 234,570 245,922 -4.6%
29,000
33,118 -12.4% 336,180 317,909 5.7%
21,692
19,024 14.0% 247,912 202,034 22.7%
4302
4276 0.6% 66,146 75,681 -12.6%
7669
10,297 -25.5% 104,713 123,361 -15.1%
1362
1301 4.7% 19,451 16,426 18.4%
10,799
7755 39.3% 129,143 106,395 21.4%
6629
7505 -11.7% 76,825 81,799 -6.1%
1051 -100% 2859 12,860 -77.8%
22,562
24,679 -8.6% 302,180 290,947 3.9%
1852
2854 -35.1% 30,931 40,885 -24.3%
15,393
15,661 -1.7% 163,793 180,424 -3.9%
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
3 -100% 2 67 -97.0%
4435
5990 -26.0% 85,646 81,247 5.4%
4476
5612 -20.2% 71,073 56,775 25.2%
4617
3680 25.5% 53,513 49,346 8.4%
7100
2933 142% 60,458 61,004 -0.9%
2156
2343 -8.0% 40,742 40,275 1.2%
1228
2967 -58.6% 11,757 19,315 -39.1%
1388
2935
8864
10,618 -16.5% 117,352 113,327 3.6%
2810
3151 -10.8% 41,979 35,733 17.5%
601
1999 -69.9% 21,342 30,590 -30.2%
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% 34,130 12,385 176%
11
77 -85.7% 1029 588 75.0%
201
576 -65.1% 4046 8879 -54.4%
855
996 -14.2% 9264 10,009 -7.4%
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% 35,834 43,772 -18.1%
3047
1976 54.2% 30,711 34,862 -11.9%
3887
4232 -8.2% 41,915 45,111 -7.1%
1143
1383 -17.4% 19,094 22,666 -15.8%
2819
3182 -11.4% 43,134 29,174 47.9%
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
3 21 -85.7%
31 -100% 45 10,176 -99.6%
1421
7402
6345
7177 -11.6% 118,079 115,778 2.0%
2055
2224 -7.6% 21,325 21,012 1.5%
650
3262
2358
1770 33.2% 24,951 18,091 37.9%
432
589 -26.7% 5461 7667 -28.8%
3076
2739 12.3% 38,157 36,358 4.9%
1288
1391 -7.4% 17,849 19,787 -9.8%
662
677 -2.2% 9005 10,756 -16.3%
5525
3409 62.1% 53,741 7396 627%
Total
26,573
20,007 32.8% 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.

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