Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2016

2015 Chrysler 200 blue
During the abbreviated sales month of January 2016, U.S. sales of midsize cars slid nearly 7% to fewer than 150,000 units. The Toyota Camry led the category, as per the routine, thanks to a 0.3% uptick to 26,848 units, equal to 18% market share.


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


In 2016, January only had 24 selling days, down two from 26 in January 2015. Thus, on a daily selling rate basis, U.S. sales of midsize cars actually increased 1%, a modest increase but a sign that demand didn't shrink as much as the year-over-year volume tally leads us to believe.

USA midsize car sales chart January 2016
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The sharpest declines weren't the exclusive domain of low-volume nameplates. The Mazda 6's struggle to catch on continue. January volume was down 32% compared with the same period last year. 

But at the other end of the spectrum, U.S. sales of the Nissan Altima plunged 16%, as the Altima's share of the segment fell from 17% in the first month of 2015 to 15% in the same period this year.

The big story from January's midsize sales picture, however, related to the three-month plunge produced by the Chrysler 200. (You can read GCBC's not-so-positive review of the Chrysler 200S AWD here.) Sales of the 200 began to rapidly decline in November, but total FCA midsize car volume was actually falling two months earlier. FCA's Sterling Heights, Michigan, plant is presently not assembling the 200, a six-week break taken in order to clear out inventory at dealers across America. 

Yet the attempted clear-out hardly began in January, as sales plunged 63%, year-over-year, a loss of nearly 9000 sales. We published more on the 200's temporary demise and FCA's decision to axe their own compact and midsize car programs yesterday on TTAC.

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 midsize 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 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Midsize Car
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2653
792235%2653792235%
14,746
11,87824.1%14,74611,87824.1%
5200
14,157-63.3%5200 14,157-63.3%
---
242-100%---242-100%
19,877
19,6940.9%19,877 19,6940.9%
20,765
21,011-1.2%20,76521,011-1.2%
15,209
12,36323.0%15,209 12,36323.0%
8413
9394-10.4%84139394-10.4%
2572
3766-31.7%25723766-31.7%
22,156
26,408-16.1%22,156 26,408-16.1%
4473
388115.3%4473 388115.3%
26,848
26,7630.3%26,84826,7630.3%
3586
6305-43.1%35866305-43.1%
379
531-28.6%379531-28.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
146,877
157,185-6.6%146,877 157,185 -6.6%

Hybrids & Electrics
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
996
54283.8%99654283.8%
987
1160-14.9%9871160-14.9%
19
223-91.5%19 223-91.5%
2
3-33.3%2 3-33.3%
755
1070-29.4%7551070-29.4%
6112
7717-20.8%6112 7717-20.8%
6102
7316
-16.6%
6102
7316
-16.6%
10
401
-97.5%
10
401-97.5%
1205
1913-37.0%12051913-37.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
10,076
12,628-20.2%10,076 12,628 -20.2%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
266
661-59.8%266661-59.8%
11,197
11,351-1.4%11,19711,351-1.4%
184
2105-91.3%1842105-91.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
11,647
14,117-17.5%11,647 14,117 -17.5%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too... 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.

RECOMMENDED READING

Midsize Car Sales In America - February 2016 YTD
Midsize Car Sales In America - December 2015/Year End
Midsize Car Sales In America - January 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - January 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - January 2016
Large Car Sales In America - January 2016
Small Car Sales In America - January 2016

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