Small Car Sales In America – August 2015 YTD


2014 Mazda 3 hatch

As the American auto industry declined 1% on pure volume terms in August 2015, the passenger car sector suffered a 10% year-over-year plunge. 

Popular cars like the Honda Accord, America’s best-selling car last month, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion slid noticeably. Compacts, meanwhile, led this year by the Toyota Corolla and in August 2015 by the Honda Civic, fell 10% in keeping with the overall car market. 

By the standards of other small cars, this wasn’t such a bad outcome. Subcompact cars took a 26% dive. The Chevrolet Sonic slid 63.5%. The Honda Fit lost more than half its August volume. The Kia Rio very nearly lost half its volume. The Mazda 2, not to be replaced, nearly disappeared. Toyota’s Prius C was down 12%. 

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

USA small car sales chart August 2015
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City cars fell 19%. Coupe-like small cars tumbled 17%. 

The redeeming factors? Urban crossovers based on many of these small cars – the Sonic-based Trax and Impreza-based XV Crosstrek and Fit-based HR-V – continued to expand their share of the market, aided by the introduction of the Mazda 2-based CX-3. 

The 2 on which it’s based, as already mentioned, won’t be coming to America.

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
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1660
1798 -7.7% 11,744 11,390 3.1%
2648
5134 -48.4% 22,625 30,414 -25.6%
14,661
23,435 -37.4% 163,938 189,699 -13.6%
6154
8390 -26.7% 61,075 53,840 13.4%
16,321
22,079 -26.1% 150,427 160,759 -6.4%
32,031
34,032 -5.9% 221,471 231,167 -4.2%
22,405
22,845 -1.9% 173,238 157,555 10.0%
6862
5759 19.2% 57,912 49,276 17.5%
10,161
10,871 -6.5% 74,543 72,400 3.0%
1240
1097 13.0% 13,154 11,123 18.3%
15,662
17,182 -8.8% 140,074 128,659 8.9%
10,441
7412 40.9% 67,025 59,119 13.4%
31,726
33,088 -4.1% 252,106 238,275 5.8%
7075
3799 86.2% 44,516 17,714 151%
11,112
15,361 -27.7% 89,692 104,810 -14.4%
Total
190,159
212,282 -10.4% 1,543,540 1,516,200 1.8%

Subcompact
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
4677
12,799 -63.5% 46,755 69,619 -32.8%
5892
5592 5.4% 46,872 48,218 -2.8%
2901
6051 -52.1% 42,867 32,990 29.9%
4733
4724 0.2% 44,985 42,743 5.2%
1734
3390 -48.9% 18,796 27,147 -30.8%
5
1080 -99.5% 288 11,112 -97.4%
14,875
14,630 1.7% 91,779 98,200 -6.5%
3844
4389 -12.4% 26,282 28,372 -7.4%
858
523 64.1% 14,949 9741 53.5%
Total
39,519
53,178 -25.7% 333,573 368,142 -9.4%

City Car
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2772
2896 -4.3% 25,468 28,910 -11.9%
1569
1666 -5.8% 16,623 11,526 44.2%
9
219 -95.9% 458 1620 -71.7%
617
1334 -53.7% 4682 7332 -36.1%
Total
1242
1529 -18.8% 11,808 12,347 -4.4%

Warm Hatches
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2054
3329 -38.3% 19,403 23,879 -18.7%
2276
2981 -23.7% 15,537 20,188 -23.0%
3429
2366 44.9% 28,466 18,449 54.3%
1534
2128 -27.9% 12,317 13,056 -5.7%
2127
2905 -26.8% 17,527 21,485 -18.4%
Total
11,420
13,709 -16.7% 93,250 97,057 -3.9%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
August
2015
August
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
6286
4867 29.2% 43,661 32,585 34.0%
5985
36,911
305
33 824% 6695 8262 -19.0%
1029
2323
4567
24,617
17,108
15,069 13.5% 99,069 104,777 -5.4%
698
698
1398
2412 -42.0% 10,879 15,216 -28.5%
282
228 23.7% 1215 1304 -6.8%
3286
2869 14.5% 24,421 20,801 17.4%
46
347 -86.7% 888 2965 -70.1%
2360
2353 0.3% 19,354 30,439 -36.4%
1376
1621 -15.1% 11,384 11,254 1.2%
16
789 -98.0% 766 5757 -86.7%
8799
8244 6.7% 59,324 48,612 22.0%
Total
53,541
38,832 37.9% 342,205 281,972 21.4%

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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