Small Car Sales In America – May 2015 YTD


2015 Mini Cooper 4-door

During a month in which overall U.S. passenger car sales slipped by more than 3%, compact cars didn’t fare quite so badly. 

The Toyota Corolla-led compact car category fell 2.4% in May 2015, and if we subtract the Chevrolet Cruze from the equation, the remainder of the segment actually increased 1.5%, a gain of around 3000 units.

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

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, were up 2%, making May 2015 the second consecutive month in which the Nissan Versa-led segment posted improved sales on a year-over-year basis. 

USA small car sales chart May 2015
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The Versa actually tumbled 10%, but its loss – and declines from the discontinued Mazda 2, the Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio fraternal twins, and the Toyota Prius C – didn’t offset the big gains made by the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, and Ford Fiesta. May 2015 was the best month for the aging Fiesta since March 2011.

Mini USA sold 3814 copies of its cars in May 2015, plus another 2019 Countryman and Paceman “crossovers”. Incidentally, aside from a few remaining sales (505) of last-gen Mini Coopers (Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, Roadster), Mini Cooper sales were very evenly divided between the 2-Door and 4-Door. 1731 copies of the 2-Door were sold, a 23% decline, as Mini attracted 1578 buyers to the new, more practical, more flexible 4-Door.

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 • May 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015 • May 2014

Compact
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1673
1629 2.7% 6809 7429 -8.3%
3246
3816 -14.9% 15,279 18,106 -15.6%
23,752
32,393 -26.7% 105,291 119,330 -11.8%
8667
8644 0.3% 42,353 30,742 37.8%
23,934
23,683 1.1% 95,028 94,690 0.4%
34,472
36,089 -4.5% 129,574 134,796 -3.9%
23,432
21,867 7.2% 102,085 95,329 7.1%
8584
7196 19.3% 35,275 32,105 9.9%
10,317
10,682 -3.4% 45,627 43,324 5.3%
1463
1422 2.9% 9367 7696 21.7%
20,616
21,932 -6.0% 88,701 76,801 15.5%
8538
8616 -0.9% 39,109 36,992 5.7%
36,768
36,611 0.4% 159,486 143,409 11.2%
6308
1793 252% 24,579 8941 175%
12,875
13,915 -7.5% 55,938 64,217 -12.9%
Total
224,645
230,288 -2.4% 954,501 913,907 4.4%

Subcompact
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
9067
8784 3.2% 29,082 40,672 -28.5%
9426
7209 30.8% 27,518 28,631 -3.9%
6342
3485 82.0% 30,965 18,126 70.8%
4428
6117 -27.6% 29,435 28,544 3.1%
3615
3929 -8.0% 12,415 16,709 -25.7%
10
1294 -99.2% 259 5854 -95.6%
10,121
11,243 -10.0% 56,765 56,327 0.8%
3763
4590 -18.0% 16,165 16,992 -4.9%
2401
1616 48.6% 9878 7210 37.0%
Total
49,173
48,267 1.9% 212,482 219,065 -3.0%

City Car
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2705
5177 -47.8% 15,552 18,591 -16.3%
3369
1700 98.2% 11,832 6816 73.6%
64
241 -73.4% 369 1028 -64.1%
837
689 21.5% 2850 3974 -28.3%
Total
6975
7807 -10.7% 30,603 30,409 0.6%

Warm Hatches
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2614
3337 -21.7% 13,107 14,851 -11.7%
2249
2971 -24.3% 9136 12,416 -26.4%
3814
3244 17.6% 17,259 9366 84.3%
1878
1921 -2.2% 7944 7854 1.1%
2685
2729 -1.6% 10,809 13,543 -20.2%
Total
13,240
14,202 -6.8% 58,255 58,030 0.4%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
5400
4475 20.7% 25,023 19,515 28.2%
5707
18,844
1245
1434 -13.2% 5546 5643 -1.7%
8
8
6381
6381
13,886
15,606 -11.0% 56,142 62,677 -10.4%
1768
2315 -23.6% 6237 8665 -28.0%
251
170 47.6% 590 745 -20.8%
3384
2820 20.0% 13,945 12,889 8.2%
108
354 -69.5% 675 1958 -65.5%
2625
3825 -31.4% 12,080 23,202 -47.9%
1498
1532 -2.2% 7376 7000 5.4%
92
823 -88.8% 659 3608 -81.7%
7876
5778 36.3% 34,893 28,331 23.2%
Total
50,229
39,132 28.4% 188,399 174,233 8.1%

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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