Small Car Sales In America - January 2016

2016 Honda Civic touring grey
The Honda Civic's 43% surge to 26,741 U.S. sales in January 2016 wasn't just enough to lead the small car sales race; it was enough for the Civic to end January as the second-best-selling car in the country; only 108 sales out of first place overall.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


The Civic and second-ranked Toyota Corolla garnered one-third of all U.S. compact car sales in January. In January 2015, Civic sales dropped to what now stands out as, at the very least, a 37-month low. One year later, Civic volume – propped up by the clearing out of ninth-gen MY2015 cars and the launch of the new tenth-gen Civics – grew by 8000 units.

USA small car sales chart January 2016
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U.S. compact car sales on the whole, however, were essentially flat on a daily selling rate basis. ("January" volume was down 8%, but January 2016 had only 24 selling days, not 26 as January 2015 did.) 

Subcompact car volume, on the other hand, plunged 17% as most every nameplate suffered declining year-over-year volume. The class-leading Nissan Versa slid 24%, a loss of 2500 sales. 

Industry-wide health, however, continues to be produced because of the strength in SUV/crossover sales. Many such vehicles, like the Honda HR-V, use subcompacts as a foundation. The Fit-based HR-V, Fiat 500X, and Mazda 2-based Mazda CX-3 added 6570 sales to the U.S. auto industry's sales tally in January.

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 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 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2016
Compact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1233
99224.3%123399224.3%
2859
27763.0%285927763.0%
14,362
18,693-23.2%14,36218,693-23.2%
4748
8136-41.6%47488136-41.6%
12,977
18,478-29.8%12,97718,478-29.8%
26,741
18,69943.0%26,741 18,69943.0%
9855
12,240-19.2%985512,240-19.2%
5329
6422-17.0%53296422-17.0%
7551
7896-4.4%7551 7896-4.4%
1523
15150.5%1523 15150.5%
16,144
14,39512.2%16,144 14,39512.2%
1250
------1250 ------
6718
7527-10.7%67187527-10.7%
22,362
27,357-18.3%22,36227,357-18.3%
3993
4199-4.9%39934199-4.9%
8177
8969-8.8%81778969-8.8%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
145,822
158,294-7.9%145,882 158,294 -7.9%

Subcompact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3678
35214.5%367835214.5%
2560
3454-25.9%25603454-25.9%
3095
5802-46.7%30955802-46.7%
5050
443813.8%5050443813.8%
1430
1572-9.0%14301572-9.0%
---
112-100%--- 112-100%
8006
10,546-24.1%800610,546-24.1%
1840
------1840 ------
1763
2614-32.6%17632614-32.6%
548
1442-62.0%5481442-62.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
27,970
33,501-16.5%27,970 33,501 -16.5%

City Car
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1121
3170-64.6%11213170-64.6%
963
1705-43.5%9631705-43.5%
2
77-97.4%277-97.4%
399
492-18.9%399492-18.9%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
2485
5444-54.4%2485 5444 -54.4%

Warm Hatches
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1207
2386-49.4%12072386 -49.4%
2023
130271.9%20231302 71.9%
2726
240113.5%27262401 13.5%
715
1219-41.3%715 1219 -41.3%
939
1389-32.4%9391389 -32.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
7610
8697-12.5%7610 8697 -12.5%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4920
346542.0%4920346542.0%
3746
1839104%37461839104%
369
869-57.5%369 869-57.5%
1018
------1018------
4177
------4177------
9191
814212.9%9191 814212.9%
1375
------1375------
504
745-32.3%504 745-32.3%
8
82-90.2%882-90.2%
2233
2267-1.5%22332267-1.5%
3
156-98.1%3156-98.1%
1510
2001-24.5%15102001-24.5%
782
1428-45.2%7821428-45.2%
3
220-98.6%3220-98.6%
6448
6513-1.0%64486513-1.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
36,287
27,72730.9%36,287 27,727 30.9%
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 - February 2016 YTD
Small Car Sales In America - December 2015/Year End
Small Car Sales In America - January 2015
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U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - January 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2016

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