Small Car Sales In America – September 2014 YTD


2015 Chevrolet Cruze

Sales of compact cars in the United States continue to struggle even as America’s new vehicle market rapidly expanded by more than 12% during the month of September 2014.

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

USA small car sales chart September 2014
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The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic-led compact category was barely ahead of September 2013’s pace last month as significant declines were reported by the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta. Sales of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Subaru Impreza also declined. 

Subtract the Chevrolet Cruze from the equation and the remainder of the compact fleet was down 3.5%. (September 2013 Cruze sales had fallen to unheard-of lows.)

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, rose 5% as the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and Nissan Versa powered the segment forward despite losses from all other subcompact nameplates.

Outside of the normal small car forms, the Kia Soul’s improvements and Subaru XV Crosstrek’s rapid rise continue to attract attention. Fiat 500 sales increased for just the second time this year – and the second consecutive month – as the 500L recovers from a recall that brought sales to ultra-low levels.

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 • September 2015 • October 2014 • August 2014 • September 2013

Compact
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
1464
1363 7.4% 12,854 15,270 -15.8%
3913
3688 6.1% 34,327 36,568 -6.1%
18,415
12,730 44.7% 208,114 195,775 6.3%
6923
7922 -12.6% 60,763 65,836 -7.7%
15,397
16,733 -8.0% 176,156 188,654 -6.6%
22,263
22,983 -3.1% 253,430 253,561 -0.1%
18,848
19,691 -4.3% 176,403 194,593 -9.3%
4517
4618 -2.2% 53,793 52,715 2.0%
7859
8646 -9.1% 80,259 81,614 -1.7%
971
1090 -10.9% 12,094 15,420 -21.6%
12,557
7798 61.0% 141,216 98,281 43.7%
5210
5789 -10.0% 64,329 59,999 7.2%
2859 -100%
20,530
23,251 -11.7% 258,805 233,547 10.8%
3487
2127 63.9% 21,201 24,587 -13.8%
10,245
13,309 -23.0% 115,055 124,273 -7.4%
Total
152,599
151,738 0.6% 1,668,799 1,643,552 1.5%

Subcompact
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2 -100%
8328
7335 13.5% 77,947 69,649 11.9%
4185
5043 -17.0% 52,403 57,618 -9.1%
6628
3981 66.5% 39,618 41,021 -3.4%
3662
4999 -26.7% 46,405 45,112 2.9%
2240
2695 -16.9% 29,387 33,238 -11.6%
1585
1916 -17.3% 12,697 9069 40.0%
12,072
8776 37.6% 110,272 91,535 20.5%
3192
3283 -2.8% 31,564 33,133 -4.7%
598
2465 -75.7% 10,339 19,254 -46.3%
Total
42,490
40,493 4.9% 410,632 399,631 2.8%

City Car
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2027
2355 -13.9% 30,937 28,324 9.2%
1340
20 6600% 12,866 20 64,230%
132
287 -54.0% 1752 3365 -47.9%
748
625 19.7% 8080 6937 16.5%
Total
4247
3287 29.2% 53,635 38,646 38.8%

Sporty Hatchbacks
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2737
2126 28.7% 26,616 28,994 -8.2%
2777
2268 22.4% 22,965 23,273 -1.3%
2116
3636 -41.8% 20,565 32,374 -36.5%
1404
1659 -15.4% 14,460 15,006 -3.6%
1821
3554 -48.8% 23,306 34,918 -33.3%
Total
10,855
13,243 -18.0% 107,912 134,565 -19.8%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
September
2014
September
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
3848
3206 20.0% 36,433 22,930 58.9%
3 -100%
45 -100%
623
1031 -39.6% 8885 3748 137%
10,802
7416 45.7% 115,579 90,624 27.5%
1908
1191 60.2% 17,124 15,596 9.8%
195
479 -59.3% 1499 1665 -10.0%
2351
1832 28.3% 23,152 18,525 25.0%
238
283 -15.9% 3203 4422 -27.6%
1814
2774 -34.6% 32,253 28,307 13.9%
1190
1252 -5.0% 12,444 13,992 -11.1%
508
703 -27.7% 6265 6960 -10.0%
5691
3536 60.9% 54,303 38,019 42.6%
Total
29,168
23,703 23.1% 311,140 244,836 27.1%

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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