Large Car Sales In America – January 2016


2016 Nissan Maxima

Compared with January 2015, U.S. sales of full-size volume brand cars actually increased 20% in January 2016. The daily selling rate achieved by these cars increased 30% in January 2016. 

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

January 2016 was an abbreviated sales month for the U.S. auto industry. Quirks of the calendar meant January 2016 had only 24 selling days, down from 26 in January 2015.

USA large car sales chart January 2016
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In other words, the sudden jump in volume achieved by cars like the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Nissan Maxima were even more startling than first thought. (And more short-lived? We’ll see.) 

Collectively, those four cars recorded a 55% increase in U.S. sales volume in 2015. Their daily selling rate was up 68%. In January 2015, the quartet owned 41% of the category. Their market share jumped to 53% in January 2016.

The best-selling car in the segment continued to be the Chevrolet Impala. After tumbling 23% in January 2015, sales recovered somewhat, rising 8% in January 2016. Compared with January of two years ago, sales last month were still down 16%.

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. This table is sortable, so you can rank large cars 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 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Large Car
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4057
2023 101% 4057 2023 101%
9942
9214 7.9% 9942 9214 7.9%
88
115 -23.5% 88 115 -23.5%
4634
3192 45.2% 4634 3192 45.2%
9164
7025 30.4% 9164 7025 30.4%
3567
3006 18.7% 3567 3006 18.7%
409
584 -30.0% 409 584 -30.0%
1907
2573 -25.9% 1907 2573 -25.9%
374
383 -2.4% 374 383 -2.4%
4415
2144 106% 4415 2144 106%
3597
4781 -24.8% 3597 4781 -24.8%
Total
42,154
35,040 20.0% 42,154 35,040 20.0%

Source: Automakers
* Hyundai USA, not GoodCarBadCar, chooses to combine sales figures for the Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe, forcing us to include the Genesis with these volume-brand cars on pricing grounds before we even get to the “brand status” issue.
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. 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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Large Car Sales In America – December 2015/Year End
Large Car Sales In America – January 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – January 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America – January 2016