Small Car Sales In America – March 2015 YTD


2015 Mini Cooper 4-door

In a stagnant passenger car market, U.S. sales of compact cars are up 7% through the first-quarter of 2015. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – March 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – March 2015 YTD

Thanks to big gains from many mid-level players (Dart, 3, Impreza, for example), meaningful improvements from higher-volume sedans (Corolla, Elantra, Sentra), and increasingly useful increases from low-volume compacts (Forte, Lancer, Golf), the category has overcome declines from the Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, and Honda Civic.

USA small car sales chart March 2015
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Their smaller siblings, however, aren’t moving forward at nearly the same pace. Category-wide subcompact volume is down 9% as the massive declines from the Chevrolet Sonic, Fird Fiesta, Kia Rio, and Mazda 2 haven’t been matched by consequent increases on the part of the steadily more popular cars.

Mini is now reporting an even greater breakdown of Cooper sales, visible in this month’s year-to-date rankings of every vehicle and brand. Besides the 540 Clubmans, Convertibles, Coupes, and Roadsters sold, BMW USA also declared 2126 Cooper Hardtop 2-door sales and 1509 sales of the 4-door Cooper Hardtop. GCBC officially appreciates the transparency.

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.

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Compact
March
2015
March
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1554
1683 -7.7% 3505 4141 -15.4%
2866
3289 -12.9% 9079 10,881 -16.6%
23,598
26,521 -11.0% 60,592 65,185 -7.0%
9572
6135 56.0% 25,115 16,074 56.2%
20,497
23,974 -14.5% 52,994 51,903 2.1%
26,985
27,697 -2.6% 66,722 71,096 -6.2%
28,794
21,518 33.8% 56,742 53,237 6.6%
7537
7048 6.9% 19,508 17,285 12.9%
10,534
10,536 -0.1% 27,304 24,056 13.5%
2425
2663 -8.9% 6039 4842 24.7%
21,277
19,323 10.1% 51,026 40,789 25.1%
7835
8089 -3.1% 22,547 20,234 11.4%
35,532
29,685 19.7% 90,728 77,737 16.7%
4643
1989 133% 12,763 5350 139%
11,583
15,692 -26.2% 31,363 37,368 -16.1%
Total
215,232
205,842 4.6% 536,027 500,178 7.2%

Subcompact
March 
2015
March
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
4894
10,060 -51.4% 11,315 24,233 -53.3%
4948
6592 -24.9% 12,110 15,598 -22.4%
6640
4201 58.1% 18,094 10,444 73.2%
7494
5843 28.3% 16,799 16,008 4.9%
2483
3571 -30.5% 5998 9566 -37.3%
36
2202 -98.4% 228 3808 -94.0%
14,543
15,799 -8.0% 36,998 34,603 6.9%
3564
3685 -3.3% 8879 8833 0.5%
2518
1805 39.5% 5324 4144 28.5%
Total
47,120
53,758 -12.3% 115,745 127,237 -9.0%

City Car
March
2015
March
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3260
5117 -36.3% 9104 9541 -4.6%
2488
1499 66.0% 6056 3785 60.0%
65
259 -74.9% 232 591 -60.7%
583
775 -24.8% 1533 2237 -31.5%
Total
6396
7650 -16.4% 16,925 16,154 4.8%

Warm Hatches
March
2015
March
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3276
3316 -1.2% 7995 8473 -5.6%
2380
2782 -14.5% 5237 6686 -21.7%
4175
1625 157% 9295 3946 136%
1777
1860 -4.5% 4373 4330 1.0%
2444
3432 -28.8% 5735 8167 -29.8%
Total
14,052
13,015 8.0% 32,635 31,602 3.3%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
March
2015
March
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
5650
5279 7.0% 14,036 10,723 30.9%
4026
9686
1218
1422 -14.3% 3043 2952 3.1%
12,731
13,992 -9.0% 30,838 32,668 -5.6%
1542
1861 -17.1% 3225 4305 -25.1%
112
169 -33.7% 257 406 -36.7%
3226
3264 -1.2% 7887 7450 5.9%
176
418 -57.9% 454 1248 -63.6%
2838
6943 -59.1% 7022 15,582 -54.9%
1575
1534 2.7% 4472 4057 10.2%
114
800 -85.8% 456 2054 -77.8%
7162
6585 8.8% 20,081 16,875 19.0%
Total
40,370
42,267 -4.5% 101,457 98,320 3.2%

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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