Small Car Sales In America – September 2015 YTD


2016 Honda Civic

No auto analyst will deny that U.S. car buyers are gradually becoming U.S. crossover buyers, but there are still corners of the car market that are generating more U.S. sales activity in 2015 than they were in 2014.

Compact car sales, for example, increased by more than 2% in the first three quarters of 2015 as the majority of contenders’ improvements erased the sharp declines from two GM cars, the Ford Focus, and the Volkswagen Jetta. It’s worth noting that the compact cars which are selling less often this year than last have either already been revealed in all-new guise (Cruze, Civic) or are nearing the end of their current lifecycles. 

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

As Honda preps the launch of the tenth-generation Civic the company revealed in September, the clear-out of the ninth-gen model began in earnest. As a result, the Civic was America’s top-selling small car in September 2015 thanks to a 27% year-over-year increase. 


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USA small car sales chart September 2015
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Scion began selling its version of the Toyota Auris hatchback in September. It quickly became Scion’s second-best-selling model, trailing only the iA, another new Scion which went on sale in September. 

The Scion iA ranked sixth among subcompacts in its first month on the market, ahead of the rapidly declining Honda Fit, the CVT-equipped models for which are now in recall mode.

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 • September 2016 • October 2015 • August 2015September 2014

Compact
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1614
1464 10.2% 13,358 12,854 3.9%
2377
3913 -39.3% 25,002 34,327 -27.2%
14,032
18,415 -23.8% 177,970 208,114 -14.5%
7244
6923 4.6% 68,319 60,763 12.4%
13,437
15,397 -12.7% 163,864 176,156 -7.0%
28,278
22,263 27.0% 249,749 253,430 -1.5%
20,724
18,848 10.0% 193,962 176,403 10.0%
5388
4517 19.3% 63,300 53,793 17.7%
7757
7859 -1.3% 82,300 80,259 2.5%
1116
971 14.9% 14,270 12,094 18.0%
14,196
12,557 13.1% 154,270 141,216 9.2%
1353
1353
8588
5210 64.8% 75,613 64,329 17.5%
26,636
20,530 29.7% 278,742 258,805 7.7%
5251
3487 50.6% 49,767 21,201 135%
7773
10,245 -24.1% 97,465 115,055 -15.3%
Total
165,764
152,599 8.6% 1,709,304 1,668,799 2.4%

Subcompact
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3780
8328 -54.6% 50,535 77,947 -35.2%
6996
4185 67.2% 53,868 52,403 2.8%
1279
6628 -80.7% 44,146 39,618 11.4%
3640
3662 -0.6% 48,625 46,405 4.8%
1480
2240 -33.9% 20,276 29,387 -31.0%
4
1585 -99.7% 292 12,697 -97.7%
18,053
12,072 49.5% 109,832 110,272 -0.4%
2035
2035
3367
3192 5.5% 29,649 31,564 -6.1%
586
598 -2.0% 15,535 10,339 50.3%
Total
41,220
42,490 -3.0% 374,793 410,632 -8.7%

City Car
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2371
2027 17.0% 27,839 30,937 -10.0%
1348
1340 0.6% 17,971 12,866 39.7%
7
132 -94.7% 465 1752 -73.5%
750
748 0.3% 5432 8080 -32.8%
Total
4476
4247 5.4% 51,707 53,635 -3.6%

Warm Hatches
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1926
2737 -29.6% 21,329 26,616 -19.9%
2118
2777 -23.7% 17,655 22,965 -23.1%
3132
2116 48.0% 31,598 20,565 53.6%
1208
1404 -14.0% 13,525 14,460 -6.5%
1539
1821 -15.5% 19,066 23,306 -18.2%
Total
9923
10,855 8.6% 103,173 107,912 -4.4%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
September
2015
September
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
5624
3848 46.2% 49,285 36,433 35.3%
1640
43,051
339
623 -45.6% 7034 8885 -20.8%
1133
3456
4608
29,225
13,614
10,802 26.0% 112,683 115,579 -2.5%
1340
2038
1180
1908 -38.2% 12,059 17,124 -29.6%
102
195 -47.7% 1317 1499 -12.1%
3140
2351 33.6% 27,561 23,152 19.0%
24
238 -89.9% 912 3203 -71.5%
2108
1814 16.2% 21,462 32,253 -33.5%
1117
1190 -6.1% 12,501 12,444 0.5%
12
508 -97.6% 778 6265 -87.6%
7414
5691 30.3% 66,738 54,303 22.9%
Total
43,395
29,168 48.8% 390,100 311,140 25.4%

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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