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.

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Compact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014

Change
1960
1730 13.3% 18,531 17,854 3.8%
2545
3017 -15.6% 31,886 43,743 -27.1%
16,849
17,800 -5.3% 226,602 273,060 -17.0%
6731
6881 -2.2% 87,392 83,858 4.2%
11,005
14,883 -26.1% 202,478 219,634 -7.8%
32,796
25,337 29.4% 335,384 325,981 2.9%
14,242
18,860 -24.5% 241,706 222,023 8.9%
5411
5306 2.0% 78,919 69,336 13.8%
9838
9719 1.2% 107,885 104,985 2.8%
1324
1547 -14.4% 17,691 16,495 7.3%
19,760
15,393 28.4% 203,509 183,268 11.0%
1245
5097
9148
8624 6.1% 100,519 83,488 20.4%
32,445
30,125 7.7% 363,332 339,498 7.0%
5715
4405 29.7% 65,308 33,675 93.9%
14,073
15,578 -9.7% 131,109 160,873 -18.5%
Total
185,087
179,205 3.3% 2,217,348 2,177,771 1.8%

Subcompact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
7293
5456 33.7% 64,775 93,518 -30.7%
3550
3724 -4.7% 64,458 63,192 2.0%
4197
6450 -34.9% 52,724 59,340 -11.1%
2718
8566 -68.3% 61,486 63,309 -2.9%
997
1924 -48.2% 23,742 35,933 -33.9%
1
159 -99.4% 297 13,615 -97.8%
11,058
9129 21.1% 144,528 139,781 3.4%
1808
7605
2846
2839 0.2% 38,469 40,570 -5.2%
377
1605 -76.5% 16,779 13,274 26.4%
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% 32,853 39,159 -16.1%
1261
1135 11.2% 21,515 16,708 28.8%
2
87 -97.7% 482 2040 -76.4%
669
973 -31.2% 7484 10,453 -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% 25,084 33,708 -25.6%
2246
1685 33.3% 24,245 27,598 -12.1%
2823
4545 -37.9% 40,120 31,385 27.8%
976
1128 -13.5% 16,459 17,947 -8.3%
1311
2270 -42.2% 22,667 29,182 -22.3%
Total
8857
11,930 -25.8% 128,575 139,820 -8.0%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
6498
3102 109% 67,549 48,892 38.2%
5323
739 620% 63,030 739 8429%
308
1482 -79.2% 7863 12,413 -36.7%
1996
9463
4737
41,969
12,159
9906 22.7% 147,133 145,316 1.3%
1663
6406
2148
1941 10.7% 16,686 22,645 -26.3%
38
129 -70.5% 1708 2082 -18.0%
3356
2755 21.8% 36,966 31,054 19.0%
13
186 -93.0% 943 3785 -75.1%
1958
2155 -9.1% 27,121 38,184 -29.0%
886
1480 -40.1% 15,223 16,583 -8.2%
8
288 -97.2% 794 7377 -89.2%
8090
5482 47.6% 88,927 70,956 25.3%
Total
49,181
29,645 65.9% 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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