Small Car Sales In America – April 2015 YTD


2015 Hyundai Accent red

In a declining passenger car market, U.S. sales of compact cars grew faster than the overall industry in April 2015, rising 6% to more than 190,000 units. 

April wasn’t an anomaly. In a flat car market through the first one-third of 2015, compact car sales are up 7%, not only bucking the trend of the passenger car category but growing faster than the industry as a whole.

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

Subcompact sales, meanwhile, are declining this year but surged 9% in April 2015 as the Chevrolet Sonic returned to healthy volume; despite a decline in sales of the segment-leading Nissan Versa.

USA April 2015 small car sales chart

Powering the compact category were gains from the class-leading Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra. The Dodge Dart’s rapid rate of expansion continues, and a tripling of Golf sales at Volkswagen overcame a Jetta deficit. (SportWagen sales, remember, are migrating from the Jetta nameplate to the Golf. Jetta sedan sales were up 5% to 11,440 in April.)

Among subcompacts, the Chevrolet Sonic recorded its best month since August of last year, the Ford Fiesta reported increased sales for the first time since May of last year, Honda Fit volume improved for the eighth consecutive month, the Hyundai Accent posted its second-best month of the last three years, and Toyota Yaris volume exceeded 2000 units for just the second time since September 2013.

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 • April 2016 • May 2015 • March 2015 • April 2014

Compact
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1631
1659 -1.7% 5136 5800 -11.4%
2954
3409 -13.3% 12,033 14,290 -15.8%
20,947
21,752 -3.7% 81,539 86,937 -6.2%
8571
6024 42.3% 33,686 22,098 52.4%
18,100
19,104 -5.3% 71,094 71,007 0.1%
28,380
 27,611 2.8% 95,102 98,707 -3.7%
21,911
20,225 8.3% 78,653 73,462 7.1%
7183
7624 -5.8% 26,691 24,909 7.2%
8006
8586 -6.8% 35,310 32,642 8.2%
1865
1432 30.2% 7904   6274 26.0%
17,059
14,080 21.2% 68,085 54,869 24.1%
8024
8142  -1.4% 30,571 28,376 7.7%
31,990
29,061 10.1% 122,718 106,798 14.9%
5508
1798 206% 18,271 7148  156%
11,700
12,934 -9.5% 43,063 50,302 -14.4%
Total
193,829
183,441 5.7% 729,856 683,619 6.8%

Subcompact
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
8700
7655 13.7% 20,015  31,888 -37.2%
5982
5824 2.7% 18,092 21,422 -15.5% 
6529
4197 55.6% 24,623 14,641 68.2%
8208
6419 27.9% 25,007 22,427 11.5%
2802
3214 -12.8% 8800 12,780 -31.1%
21
752 -97.2% 249 4560 -94.5%
9646
10,481 -8.0% 46,644 45,084 3.5%
3523
3569 -1.3% 12,402   12,402 0.0%
2153
  1450 48.5% 7477 5594 33.7%
Total
47,564
43,561 9.2% 163,309 170,798 -4.4%

City Car
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3743
3873 -3.4% 12,847 13,414 -4.2%
2407
1331 80.8% 8463  5116 65.4%
73
196 -62.8% 305 787 -61.2%
480
1048 -54.2% 2013 3285 -38.7
Total
6703
6448 3.9% 23,628 22,602 4.5%

Warm Hatches
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2498
3041  -17.9% 10,493 11,514 -8.9%
1650
2759 -40.2% 6887 9445 -27.1%
4150
2176 90.7% 13,445 6122 120%
1693
1603 5.6% 6066 5933 2.2%
2389
2647 -9.7% 8124 10,814 -24.9%
Total
12,380
12,226 1.3% 45,015 43,828 2.7%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
5587
4317 29.4% 19,623 15,040 30.5%
3451
13,137
1258
1257 0.1% 4301 4209 2.2%
11,418
14,403 -20.7% 42,256 47,071 -10.2%
1244
2045 -39.2% 4469 6350 -29.6%
82
169 -51.5% 339 575 -41.0%
2674
2619 2.1% 10,561 10,069 4.9%
113
356 -68.3% 567 1604 -64.7%
2433
3795 -35.9% 9455 19,377 -51.2%
1406
1411 -0.4% 5878 5468 7.5%
111
731 -84.8% 567 2785 -79.6%
6936
5678 22.2% 27,017 22,553 19.8%
Total
33,262
36,781 -9.6% 125,033 135,101 -7.4%

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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