Small Car Sales In America - December 2015 And 2015 Year End

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Honda Civic sales in the United States jumped 20% in the final one-third of 2015 as Honda cleared out remaining ninth-gen Civics and launched its all-new, highly regarded tenth-gen, 2016 Honda Civic.

Nevertheless, even with a strong finish, the Civic still trailed the class-leading Toyota Corolla 28,000 sales by year's end. 2015 was the second consecutive year in which the Toyota Corolla, America's second-best-selling car overall in 2015, led the compact car category.



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U.S. car volume dropped 2% in 2015, but the compact class was strengthened by the two class leaders, among others, and total volume increased 2% despite sharp losses from the Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, and Volkswagen Jetta. Total Volkswagen Golf volume nearly doubled compared with 2014, total Subaru Impreza sales were up by a fifth, and double-digit percentage increases were posted by the Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra.

Subcompact car sales, on the other hand, fell 9% as more consumers recognized that compact cars are sufficiently affordable, often equally (if not more) fuel efficient, more refined, and more spacious. Aside from the discontinued Mazda 2, the sharpest losses were recorded by the Chevrolet Sonic and Kia Rio. 


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2015 Year End
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - 2015 Year End


USA small car sales chart 2015 year end
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Small car buyers are moving in meaningful numbers to less conventional small cars. With ever so slightly elevated ride height, a handful of SUV styling cues, and available AWD, subcompact crossovers like the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3 are conventional small cars in most every other way.

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 • January 2016 • November 2015December 2014
Compact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014

Change
1960
173013.3%18,53117,8543.8%
2545
3017-15.6%31,88643,743-27.1%
16,849
17,800-5.3%226,602273,060-17.0%
6731
6881-2.2%87,39283,8584.2%
11,005
14,883-26.1%202,478219,634-7.8%
32,796
25,33729.4%335,384 325,9812.9%
14,242
18,860-24.5%241,706222,0238.9%
5411
53062.0%78,91969,33613.8%
9838
97191.2%107,885 104,9852.8%
1324
1547-14.4%17,691 16,4957.3%
19,760
15,39328.4%203,509 183,26811.0%
1245
------5097 ------
9148
86246.1%100,51983,48820.4%
32,445
30,1257.7%363,332339,4987.0%
5715
440529.7%65,30833,67593.9%
14,073
15,578-9.7%131,109160,873-18.5%
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---
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Total
185,087
179,2053.3%2,217,348 2,177,771 1.8%

Subcompact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
7293
545633.7%64,77593,518-30.7%
3550
3724-4.7%64,45863,1922.0%
4197
6450-34.9%52,72459,340-11.1%
2718
8566-68.3%61,48663,309-2.9%
997
1924-48.2%23,74235,933-33.9%
1
159-99.4%297 13,615-97.8%
11,058
912921.1%144,528139,7813.4%
1808
------7605 ------
2846
28390.2%38,46940,570-5.2%
377
1605-76.5%16,77913,27426.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
34,845
39,852-12.6%474,863 522,532 -9.1%

City Car
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1384
3007-54.0%32,85339,159-16.1%
1261
113511.2%21,51516,70828.8%
2
87-97.7%4822040-76.4%
669
973-31.2%748410,453-28.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
3316
5202-36.3%62,334 68,360 -8.8%

Warm Hatches
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1501
2302-34.8%25,08433,708 -25.6%
2246
168533.3%24,24527,598 -12.1%
2823
4545-37.9%40,12031,385 27.8%
976
1128-13.5%16,459 17,947 -8.3%
1311
2270-42.2%22,66729,182 -22.3%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
8857
11,930-25.8%128,575 139,820 -8.0%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
6498
3102109%67,54948,89238.2%
5323
739620%63,0307398429%
308
1482-79.2%7863 12,413-36.7%
1996
------9463------
4737
------41,969------
12,159
990622.7%147,133 145,3161.3%
1663
------6406------
2148
194110.7%16,686 22,645-26.3%
38
129-70.5%17082082-18.0%
3356
275521.8%36,96631,05419.0%
13
186-93.0%9433785-75.1%
1958
2155-9.1%27,12138,184-29.0%
886
1480-40.1%15,22316,583-8.2%
8
288-97.2%7947377-89.2%
8090
548247.6%88,92770,95625.3%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
49,181
29,64565.9%531,781 400,026 32.9%
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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Small Car Sales In America - January 2016
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U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2015 & Year End
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2015 & Year End

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