Small Car Sales In America – October 2015 YTD


Despite the addition of a significant new player, U.S. sales of subcompact cars plunged 10% in October 2015, a loss of 5458 sales. 

The Scion iA added 1977 sales to the subcompact segment’s tally in October, but sharp declines from the Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio, and Toyota Yaris more than overcame the iA’s addition and the class-leading Nissan Versa’s improvement.

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

Much of the category’s losses can be traced to poor availability of the Honda Fit, some production of which Honda is moving back to Japan in favour of emphasizing the HR-V’s role in the Mexican plant. Subtract the Fit from the equation and subcompact sales actually increased 5%.


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The Fit’s bigger brother, Honda’s Civic, is entering a quick transition phase in the lead-up to the tenth-generation Civic’s launch for the 2016 model year. Civic sales jumped 15% in October 2015 as the compact Honda outsold the subcompact Honda by 20-to-1.

USA small car sales chart October 2015
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America’s top-selling small car in October, however, just as it is through the first ten months of 2015, is the Toyota Corolla. Corolla volume rose 12% in October. It ranks second overall among passenger cars so far this year and fifth among vehicles overall.

One-third of the compact cars sold in America in October 2015 were Corollas and Civics. The Nissan Versa and the second-ranked Hyundai Accent accounted for 55% of all October U.S. subcompact car sales.

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 • October 2016 • November 2015 • September 2015October 2014

Compact
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
1860
1618 15.0% 15,218 14,472 5.2%
2693
3064 -12.1% 27,695 37,391 -25.9%
15,710
24,289 -35.3% 193,680 232,403 -16.7%
6152
7202 -14.6% 74,471 67,965 9.6%
16,423
13,733 19.6% 180,287 189,889 -5.1%
27,789
24,154 15.0% 277,538 277,584 -0.1%
15,868
12,758 24.4% 209,830 189,161 10.9%
5198
5190 0.2% 68,498 58,983 16.1%
8342
7246 15.1% 90,642 87,505 3.6%
1086
1364 -20.4% 15,356 13,458 14.1%
14,974
13,129 14.1% 169,244 154,345 9.7%
1408
2761
8353
5239 59.4% 83,966 69,568 20.7%
27,951
24,959 12.0% 306,693 283,764 8.1%
5716
4076 40.2% 55,483 25,277 120%
8549
14,607 -41.5% 106,014 129,662 -18.2%
Total
168,072
162,628 3.3% 1,877,376 1,831,427 2.5%

Subcompact
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
3294
5263 -37.4% 53,829 83,210 -35.3%
3618
3629 -0.3% 57,486 56,032 2.6%
1363
6851 -80.1% 45,509 46,469 -2.1%
5102
4839 5.4% 53,727 51,244 4.8%
1571
2534 -38.0% 21,847 31,921 -31.6%
1
457 -99.8% 293 13,154 -97.8%
13,855
11,097 24.9% 123,687 121,369 1.9%
1977
4012
3373
3192 5.7% 33,022 34,756 -5.0%
519
696 -25.4% 16,054 11,035 45.5%
Total
34,673
38,558 -10.1% 409,466 449,190 -8.8%

City Car
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
202
2354 -15.0% 29,841 33,291 -10.4%
1197
1374 -12.9% 19,168 14,240 34.6%
8
119 -93.3% 473 1871 -74.7%
721
585 23.2% 6153 8665 -29.0%
Total
2128
4432 -52.0% 55,635 58,067 -4.2%

Warm Hatches
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1286
2806 -54.2% 22,615 29,422 -23.1%
2140
1652 29.5% 19,795 24,617 -19.6%
2845
3082 -7.7% 34,445 23,647 45.7%
1080
1235 -12.6% 14,605 15,695 -6.9%
1279
1941 -34.1% 20,345 25,247 -19.4%
Total
8630
10,716 -19.5% 111,805 118,628 -5.8%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
October
2015
October
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
6633
4780 38.8% 55,918 41,213 35.7%
8175
51,226
293
919 -68.1% 7327 9804 -25.3%
2178
5634
4502
33,727
12,246
10,685 14.6% 124,929 126,264 -1.1%
1382
3420
1219
2035 -40.1% 13,278 19,159 -30.7%
23
183 -87.4% 1340 1682 -20.3%
3094
2468 25.4% 30,655 25,620 19.7%
14
213 -93.4% 926 3416 -72.9%
1804
1768 2.0% 23,266 34,021 -31.6%
1021
1245 -18.0% 13,522 13,689 -1.2%
6
472 -98.7% 784 6737 -88.4%
7313
5372 36.1% 74,051 59,675 24.1%
Total
49,903
30,140 65.6% 440,003 341,280 28.9%

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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