Small Car Sales In America – August 2014 YTD


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Although American Honda was not able to produce Civic volume in August 2014 the way the company did one year ago, Honda still came out on top of the small car sales leaderboard last month. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – August 2014 YTD
• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – August 2014 YTD

USA small car sales chart August 2014
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Civic sales plunged 14% compared with an outstanding August one year ago, but at 34,032 units, the Honda outsold Toyota’s Corolla by 944 units. The Corolla leads the year-to-date standings by 7108 units. 

Overall compact car sales grew 1.6% in August, on par with the rate of growth managed throughout the first two-thirds of 2014. The biggest gains have been produced by the Corolla and Nissan Sentra. Major losses have been generated by the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, which are collectively down by 28,509 units.

Subcompact sales grew slightly in August 2014 as the segment-leading Nissan Versa jumped 46% and Chevrolet Sonic sales soared to the highest level in the nameplate’s history. 

Two less conventional small cars stood out in August because of their vast improvements. Kia Soul sales jumped 50%, outselling all but seven compact cars. Sales of the Subaru XV Crosstrek, meanwhile, shot up 73% to 8244 units, more than Subaru managed with the whole Impreza lineup, WRX and STi included. Combined, the Impreza and XV (very much an Outback-ized Impreza hatchback) accounted for 31% of Subaru’s record-setting 50,246 August sales.

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 small cars of all kinds 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 • August 2015 • September 2014 • July 2014 • August 2013

Compact
August
2014
August
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
1798
1701 5.7% 11,390 13,907 -18.1%
5134
5826 -11.9% 30,414 32,880 -7.5%
23,435
23,909 -2.0% 189,699 183,045 3.6%
8390
6901 21.6% 53,840 57,914 -7.0%
22,079
20,372 8.4% 160,759 171,921 -6.5%
34,032
39,458 -13.8% 231,167 230,578 0.3%
22,845
24,700 -7.5% 157,555 174,902 -9.9%
5759
6469 -11.0% 49,276 48,097 2.5%
10,871
11,031 -1.5% 72,400 72,968 -0.8%
1097
1771 -38.1% 11,123 14,330 -22.4%
17,182
12,605 36.3% 128,659 90,483 42.2%
7412
8019 -7.6% 59,119 54,210 9.1%
2859 -100.0%
33,088
26,861 23.2% 238,275 210,296 13.3%
3799
3010 26.2% 17,714 22,460 -21.1%
15,361
16,280 -5.6% 104,810 110,964 -5.5%
Total
212,282
208,913 1.6% 1,516,200 1,491,814 1.6%

Subcompact
August
2014
August
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2 -100.0%
12,799
11,354 12.7% 69,619 62,314 11.7%
5592
6744 -17.1% 48,218 52,575 -8.3%
6051
6452 -6.2% 32,990 37,040 -10.9%
4724
5117 -7.7% 42,743 40,113 6.6%
3390
3862 -12.2% 27,147 30,543 -11.1%
1080
759 42.3% 11,112 7153 55.3%
14,630
9991 46.4% 98,200 82,759 18.7%
4389
5478 -19.9% 28,372 29,850 -5.0%
523
3104 -83.2% 9741 16,789 -42.0%
Total
53,178
52,861 0.6% 368,142 359,138 2.5%

City Car
August
2014
August
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2896
4534 -36.1% 28,910 25,969 11.3%
1666
11,526
219
433 -49.4% 1620 3078 -47.4%
1334
993 34.3% 7332 6312 16.2%
Total
6115
5960 2.6% 49,388 35,359 39.7%

Sporty Hatchbacks
August
2014
August
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3329
2976 11.9% 23,879 26,868 -11.1%
2981
3093 -3.6% 20,188 21,005 -3.9%
2366
4146 -42.9% 18,449 28,738 -35.8%
2128
2546 -16.4% 13,056 13,347 -2.2%
2905
4921 -41.0% 21,485 31,364 -31.5%
Total
13,709
17,682 -22.5% 97,057 121,322 -20.0%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
August
2014
August
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4867
4296 13.3% 32,585 19,724 65.2%
3 -100.0%
45 -100.0%
33
1214 -97.3% 8262 2717 204.1%
15,069
10,017 50.4% 104,777 83,208 25.9%
2412
1631 47.9% 15,216 14,405 5.6%
228
246 -7.3% 1304 1186 9.9%
2869
2171 32.2% 20,801 16,693 24.6%
347
419 -17.2% 2965 4139 -28.4%
2353
4176 -43.7% 30,439 25,533 19.2%
1621
1693 -4.3% 11,254 12,740 -11.7%
789
1124 -29.8% 5757 6257 -8.0%
8244
4757 73.3% 48,612 34,483 41.0%
Total
38,832
31,744 22.3% 281,972 221,133 27.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed 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. 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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