Small Car Sales In America – December 2014 And 2014 Year End


2014 Toyota Corolla

America’s passenger car market grew by less than 2% in 2014, but compact car volume was up 3% and subcompact volume jumped 4%. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – December & 2014 Year End
• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – December & 2014 Year End

USA small car sales chart 2014
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From the best-selling compact, Toyota’s Corolla (up 12% to 339,498 units), to the top-selling Nissan Versa subcompact (up 19% to a record-high 139,781 units), to off-beat small cars like the Kia Soul (up 23% to a record-high 145,316), a wide variety of small cars posted meaningful improvements compared with 2013.

But there were also cars which struggled to match 2013’s pace. The Honda Civic slid 3% in 2014. Ford Focus volume fell 6%. The Mitsubishi Lancer, already wildly unpopular, fell 15%. The Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and two Toyota subcompacts posted losses, as well. Outside the mainstream, the Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Mini Cooper, Scion tC, and Volkswagen Beetle combined for an 18% year-over-year decline.

2015 will be a year of great change, as many of these mainstream, high-volume cars face new challengers from subcompact utility vehicles like the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X, a segment of crossover that’s already begun eating into conventional small car volume.

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 • December 2015 • January 2015 • November 2014 • December 2013

Compact
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013

Change
1730
1573 10.0% 17,854 20,430 -12.6%
3017
2929 3.0% 43,743 45,527 -3.9%
17,800
18,162 -2.0% 273,060 248,224 10.0%
6881
5449 26.3% 83,858 83,388 0.6%
14,883
15,569 -4.4% 219,634 234,570 -6.4%
25,337
29,000 -12.6% 325,981 336,180 -3.0%
18,860
21,692 -13.1% 222,023 247,912 -10.4%
5306
4302 23.3% 69,336 66,146 4.8%
9719
7669 26.7% 104,985 104,713 0.3%
1547
1362 13.6% 16,495 19,451 -15.2%
15,393
10,799 42.5% 183,268 129,143 41.9%
8624
6629 30.1% 83,488 76,825 8.7%
2859 -100%
30,125
22,562 33.5% 339,498 302,180 12.4%
4405
1852 138% 33,675 30,931 8.9%
15,578
15,393 1.2% 160,873 163,793 -1.8%
Total
179,205
164,942 8.6% 2,177,771 2,112,272 3.1%

Subcompact
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
2 -100%
5456
4435 23.0% 93,518 85,646 9.2%
3724
4476 -16.8% 63,192 71,073 -11.1%
6450
4617 39.7% 59,340 53,513 10.9%
8566
7100 20.6% 63,309 60,458 4.7%
1924
2156 -10.8% 35,933 40,742 -11.8%
159
1228 -87.1% 13,615 11,757 15.8%
9129
8864 3.0% 139,781 117,352 19.1%
2839
2810 1.0% 40,570 41,979 -3.4%
1605
601 167.1% 13,274 21,342 -37.8%
Total
39,852
36,287 9.8% 522,532 503,864 3.7%

City Car
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
3007
1712 75.6% 39,159 34,130 14.7%
1135
1388 -18.2% 16,708 2935 469%
87
201 -56.7% 2040 4046 -49.6%
973
855 13.8% 10,453 9264 12.8%
Total
5202
4156 25.2% 68,360 50,375 35.7%

Warm Hatches
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
2302
2324 -0.9% 33,708 35,834 -5.9%
1685
3047 -44.7% 27,598 30,711 -10.1%
4545
3887 16.9% 31,385 41,915 -25.2%
1128
1143 -1.3% 17,947 19,094 -6.0%
2270
2819 -19.5% 29,182 43,134 -32.3%
Total
11,930
13,220 -9.8% 139,820 170,688 -18.1%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
3102
2761 12.4% 48,892 31,956 53.0%
3 -100%
739
739
45 -100%
1482
1421 4.3% 12,413 7402 67.7%
9906
6345 56.1% 145,316 118,079 23.1%
1941
2055 -5.5% 22,645 21,325 6.2%
129
650 -80.2% 2082 3262 -36.2%
2755
2358 16.8% 31,054 24,951 24.5%
186
432 -56.9% 3785 5461 -30.7%
2155
3076 -29.9% 38,184 38,157 0.1%
1480
1288 14.9% 16,583 17,849 -7.1%
288
662 -56.5% 7377 9005 -18.1%
5482
5525 -0.8% 70,956 53,741 32.0%
Total
29,645
26,573 11.6% 400,026 331,236 20.8%

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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