Small Car Sales In America – October 2014 YTD


2015 Honda Fit grey

Compared with October 2013, U.S. small car sales increased at a surprisingly fast rate in October 2014. Surprising because of steadily falling fuel prices, which typically drive American consumers toward larger cars and SUVs as though fuel prices will stay that way forever, and surprising because passenger car volume hasn’t been especially healthy this year. 

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

USA small car sales chart October 2014
Click Chart To Expand

The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic-dominated compact segment was up just 1.5% through the first three-quarters of 2014. But year-over-year volume jumped 9.3% in October as the Chevrolet Cruze contributed an extra 8202 sales (24,289) in total. 

The Dodge Dart, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla all contributed smaller gains. Nissan Sentra volume jumped 56%, or 4730 units. 

Combined sales of the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta were up by 4724 units, helping to end an 18-month streak in which Volkswagen USA sales had decreased. (It’s still too soon to say VW USA is on the upswing, as October volume wasn’t particularly strong.)

Subcompact sales, meanwhile, jumped 11.5% in October despite losses from the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, and Toyota Yaris. The Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Nissan Versa collectively rose 43% to 22,787 units, equal to 59% of the subcompact category.

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 • October 2015 • November 2014 • September 2014 • October 2013

Compact
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
1618
2005 -19.3% 14,472 17.275 -16.2%
3064
3306 -7.3% 37,391 39,874 -6.2%
24,289
16,087 51.0% 232,403 211,862 9.7%
7202
5617 28.2% 67,965 71,453 -4.9%
13,733
15,108 -9.1% 189,889 203,762 -6.8%
24,154
27,328 -11.6% 277,584 280,889 -1.2%
12,758
14,876 -14.2% 189,161 209,469 -9.7%
5190
4706 10.3% 58,983 57,421 2.7%
7246
7674 -5.6% 87,505 89,288 -2.0%
1364
1161 17.5% 13,458 16,581 -18.8%
13,129
8399 56.3% 154,345 106,680 44.7%
5239
4923 6.4% 69,568 64,922 7.2%
2859 -100%
24,959
23,637 5.6% 283,764 257,184 10.3%
4076
2249 81.2% 25,277 26,836 -5.8%
14,607
11,710 24.7% 129,662 135,983 -4.6%
Total
162,628
148,786 9.3% 1,831,427 1,775,080 3.2%

Subcompact
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2 -100%
5263
6850 -23.2% 83,210 76,499 8.8%
3629
4337 -16.3% 56,032 61,955 -9.6%
6851
3735 83.4% 46,469 44,756 3.8%
4839
3605 34.2% 51,244 48,717 5.2%
2534
2874 -11.8% 31,921 36,112 -11.6%
457
736 -37.9% 13,154 9805 34.2%
11,097
8626 28.6% 121,369 100,161 21.2%
3192
3035 5.2% 34,756 36,168 -3.9%
696
775 -10.2% 11,035 20,029 -44.9%
Total
38,558
34,573 11.5% 449,190 434,202 3.4%

City Car
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2354
2353 0.1% 33,291 30,677 8.5%
1374
475 189% 14,240 495 2777%
119
246 -51.6% 1871 3611 -48.2%
585
513 14.0% 8665 7450 16.3%
Total
4432
3587 23.6% 58,067 42,233 37.5%

Warm Hatches
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
2806
2378 18.0% 29,422 31,372 -6.2%
1652
2175 -24.0% 24,617 25,448 -3.3%
3082
3145 -2.0% 23,647 35,519 -33.4%
1235
1499 -17.6% 15,695 16,505 -4.9%
1941
2555 -24.0% 25,247 37,473 -32.6%
Total
10,716
11,752 -8.8% 118,628 146,317 -18.9%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
October
2014
October
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
4780
3602 32.7% 41,213 26,532 55.3%
3 -100%
45 -100%
919
1296 -29.1% 9804 5044 94.4%
10,685
8240 29.7% 126,264 98,864 27.7%
2035
2239 -9.1% 19,159 17,835 7.4%
183
316 -42.1% 1682 1981 -15.1%
2468
2009 22.8% 25,620 20,534 24.8%
213
297 -28.3% 3416 4719 -27.6%
1768
3328 -46.9% 34,021 31,635 7.5%
1245
1246 -0.1% 13,689 15,238 -10.2%
472
716 -34.1% 6737 7676 -12.2%
5372
4886 9.9% 59,675 42,905 39.1%
Total
30,140
28,175 7.0% 341,280 273,011 25.0%

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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small Car Sales In America – October 2015 YTD
Small Car Sales In America – November 2014 YTD
Small Car Sales In America – September 2014 YTD
Small Car Sales In America – October 2013 YTD
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – October 2014
Midsize Car Sales In America – October 2014 YTD
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – October 2014 YTD