Small Car Sales In America – January 2015


In what was a best-ever January for the Toyota Corolla, first month U.S. sales of compact cars jumped 16% compared with January 2014. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – January 2015
• U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – January 2015

USA small car sales chart January 2015
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Huge increases from the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Golf – together with otherwise quite meaningful jumps from the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, and the Corolla itself – translated to nearly 22,000 extra sales for our strictly defined compact category.

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, despite disastrous results from the Chevrolet Sonic (worst month since its first full month on sale, September 2011), Ford Fiesta (fourth consecutive month below 4K), Kia Rio (worst month for the current-gen model), and Mazda 2 (replace me now!) were nearly cancelled out by Fit, Accent, Versa, and Toyota gains. 

Elsewhere in the small car world, Mini’s selling a fair number of new Coopers, the Hardtop models, not the dying Clubmans and Roadsters and Coupes. Buick and Chevrolet combined to sell more than 5000 copies of their small urban crossover twins, the Encore and Trax. And in addition to the 7527 Imprezas, WRXs, and STis sold in January, Subaru also sold 6513 XV Crosstreks.

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 • January 2016 • February 2015 • December 2014 • January 2014

Compact
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
992
1157 -14.3% 992 1157 -14.3%
2776
3120 -11.0% 2776 3120 -11.0%
18,693
16,828 11.1% 18,693 16,828 11.1%
8136
5051 61.1% 8136 5051 61.1%
18,478
12,003 53.9% 18,478 12,003 53.9%
18,699
21,824 -14.3% 18,699 21,824 -14.3%
12,240
15,326 -20.1% 12,240 15,326 -20.1%
6422
4724 35.9% 6422 4724 35.9%
7896
6234 26.7% 7896 6234 26.7%
1515
900 68.3% 1515 900 68.3%
14,395
9127 57.7% 14,395 9127 57.7%
7527
5785 30.1% 7527 5785 30.1%
27,357
22,753 20.2% 27,357 22,753 20.2%
4199
1712 145% 4199 1712 145%
8969
9768 -8.2% 8969 9768 -8.2%
Total
158,294
136,312 16.1% 158,294 136,312 16.1%

Subcompact
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3521
6587 -46.5% 3521 6587 -46.5%
3454
4162 -17.0% 3454 4162 -17.0%
5802
3122 85.8% 5802 3122 85.8%
4438
4240 4.7% 4438 4240 4.7%
1572
3162 -50.3% 1572 3162 -50.3%
112
907 -87.7% 112 907 -87.7%
10,546
8524 23.7% 10,546 8524 23.7%
2614
2467 6.0% 2614 2467 6.0%
1442
1005 43.5% 1442 1005 43.5%
Total
33,501
34,176 -2.0% 33,501 34,176 -2.0%

City Car
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3170
1848 71.5% 3170 1848 71.5%
1705
1170 45.7% 1705 1170 45.7%
77
166 -53.6% 77 166 -53.6%
492
521 -5.6% 492 521 -5.6%
Total
5444
3705 46.9% 5444 3705 46.9%

Warm Hatches
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2386
2493 -4.3% 2386 2493 -4.3%
1302
1821 -28.5% 1302 1821 -28.5%
2401
1358 76.8% 2401 1358 76.8%
1219
1107 10.1% 1219 1107 10.1%
1389
2034 -31.7% 1389 2034 -31.7%
Total
8697
8813 -1.3% 8697 8813 -1.3%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3465
2366 46.5% 3465 2366 46.5%
1839
1839
869
729 19.2% 869 729 19.2%
8142
8092 0.6% 8142 8092 0.6%
745
1074 -30.6% 745 1074 -30.6%
82
111 -26.1% 82 111 -26.1%
2267
1838 23.3% 2267 1838 23.3%
156
402 -61.2% 156 402 -61.2%
2001
3442 -41.9% 2001 3442 -41.9%
1428
1225 16.6% 1428 1225 16.6%
220
592 -62.8% 220 592 -62.8%
6513
4801 35.7% 6513 4801 35.7%
Total
27,727
24,672 12.4% 27,727 24,672 12.4%

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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