Midsize Car Sales In America – February 2016 YTD


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Midsize car volume improved by a scant 1% in the United States in February 2016, a meaningful improvement given the move away from cars in general.

Overall passenger car volume slid by less than 1% in February, but volume brand large cars, midsize cars, compact cars, and subcompact cars improved. 

Blame for much of the decline is cast upon top-selling premium cars. BMW car volume tumbled 24% in February, Cadillac’s cars slid 11%, Mercedes-Benz car sales fell 13%, Infiniti’s cars plunged 36%, Lexus car sales dropped 16%, and Audi car volume was down 3%. Porsche and Volvo suffered sharp car sales declines, as well.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD

Among midsize cars, there were numerous sharp drops, most notably at Chrysler, Mazda, and Volkswagen. Productin of the Chrysler 200 is presently on hiatus as Chrysler attempts to clear out an inventory glut – but the clear-out isn’t really happening. 200 sales plunged 58% in February.

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USA midsize car sales chart February 2016
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At Volkswagen, the tarnished name of the Passat – plus the brand’s inability to actually sell the popular diesel model – produced a 31% drop to only 4380 units in February. 

The Mazda 6, often lauded by the enthusiast press as the pick of the bunch, suffered a 29% drop to 3617 sales. Over the last 16 months, only January was worse for the 6.

But so too were there a number of impressive increases. The Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the new Chevrolet Malibu collectively added 17,809 sales compared with Febuary 2015.

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 2017 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015

Midsize Car
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1608
1689 -4.8% 4261 2481 71.7%
21,418
13,971 53.3% 36,164 25,849 39.9%
6597
15,805 -58.3% 11,797 29,962 -60.6%
219 -100% 461 -100%
25,442
22,732 11.9% 45,319 42,426 6.8%
25,785
21,616 19.3% 46,550 42,627 9.2%
17,470
13,987 24.9% 32,679 26,350 24.0%
9630
11,584 -16.9% 18,043 20,978 -14.0%
3617
5064 -28.6% 6189 8830 -29.9%
28,320
28,474 -0.5% 50,476 54,882 -8.0%
4454
4342 2.6% 8927 8223 8.6%
32,405
32,942 -1.6% 59,253 59,705 -0.8%
4380
6309 -30.6% 7966 12,614 -36.8%
251
417 -39.8% 630 948 -33.5%
Total
181,377
179,151 1.2% 328,254 336,336 -2.4%

Hybrids & Electrics
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1126
693 62.5% 2122 1235 71.8%
1370
1376 -0.4% 2357 2536 -7.1%
211 -100% 19 434 -95.6%
5
2 150% 7 5 40.0%
930
1198 -22.4% 1685 2268 -25.7%
7175
7467 -3.9% 13,518 15,184 -11.0%
7169
7070
1.4%
13,502
14,386
-6.1%
6
397
-98.5%
16
798 -98.0%
1112
1850 -39.9% 2317 3763 -38.4%
Total
11,718
12,797 -8.4% 22,025 25,425 -13.4%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
190
643 -70.5% 456 1304 -65.0%
11,952
11,632 2.8% 23,149 22,983 0.7%
124
2272 -94.5% 308 4377 -93.0%
Total
12,266
14,547 -15.7% 23,913 28,664 -16.6%

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 2017
Midsize Car Sales In America – March 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America – January 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America – February 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America – February 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – February 2016
Small Car Sales In America – February 2016
Large Car Sales In America – February 2016