Small Car Sales In America – February 2016 YTD


2016 Chevrolet Sonic

U.S. sales of passenger cars decreased in February 2016, albeit by less than 1%.

U.S. sales of compact cars, however, jumped 5% thanks to significant gains from the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Nissan Sentra, plus a meaningful 5% uptick from the class-leading Toyota Corolla.

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

After tumbling 9% in calendar year 2015 and tumbling nearly 17% in the first month of 2016, U.S. sales of subcompact cars improved marginally in February 2016. The 2% increase was powered largely by a 46% jump in Chevrolet Sonic volume.

GM has averaged 4300 monthly Sonic sales since September. GM averaged 7800 monthly Sonic sales in 2014.

USA small car sales chart February 2016
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There are a bundle of new small vehicles on sale in the United States, but most compete under the small “crossover” banner as supposed “light trucks.” The Scion iM and Scion iA are exceptions. They owned 0.8% and 6.5% of the compact and subcompact car categories in 2016’s first two months, respectively. But both cars are discontinued, in a sense. They’ll be migrating to the Toyota brand before year’s end.

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 2017 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015

Compact
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1500
959 56.4% 2733 1951 40.1%
3066
3437 -10.8% 5925 6213 -4.6%
12,998
18,301 -29.0% 27,360 36,994 -26.0%
6771
7407 -8.6% 11,519 15,543 -25.9%
18,620
14,019 32.8% 31,597 32,497 -2.8%
27,707
21,038 31.7% 54,448 39,737 37.0%
11,973
15,708 -23.8% 21,858 27,948 -21.8%
8187
5549 47.5% 13,516 11,971 12.9%
7275
8874 -18.0% 14,826 16,770 -11.6%
1997
2099 -4.9% 3520 3614 -2.6%
20,599
15,354 34.2% 36,743 29,749 23.5%
1317
2567
6812
7185 -5.2% 13,530 14,712 -8.0%
29,342
27,839 5.4% 51,704 55,196 -6.3%
3645
3921 -7.0% 7638 8120 -5.9%
9375
10,811 -13.3% 17,552 19,780 -11.3%
Total
171,184
162,501 5.3% 317,036 320,795 -1.2%

Subcompact
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4241
2900 46.2% 7919 6421 23.3%
3754
3708 1.2% 6314 7162 -11.8%
3647
5652 -35.5% 6742 11,454 -41.1%
4897
4867 0.6% 9947 9305 6.9%
1461
1943 -24.8% 2891 3515 -17.8%
80 -100% 192 -100%
12,249
11,909 2.9% 20,255 22,455 -9.8%
2305
4145
2263
2701 -16.2% 4026 5315 -24.3%
908
1364 -33.4% 1456 2806 -48.1%
Total
35,725
35,124 1.7% 63,695 68,625 -7.2%

City Car
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1761
2674 -34.1% 2882 5844 -50.7%
1156
1863 -38.0% 2119 3568 -40.6%
1
90 -98.9% 3 167 -98.2%
422
458 -7.9% 821 950 -13.6%
Total
3340
5085 -34.3% 5825 10,529 -44.7%

Warm Hatches
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1081
2333 -53.7% 2288 4719 -51.5%
2101
1555 35.1% 4124 2857 44.3%
2251
2719 -18.8% 4977 5120 -2.8%
917
1377 -33.4% 1632 2596 -37.1%
912
1902 -52.1% 1851 3291 -43.8%
Total
7262
9886 -26.5% 14,872 18,583 -20.0%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
5873
4921 19.3% 10,793 8386 28.7%
4814
3821 26.0% 8560 5660 51.2%
365
956 -61.8% 734 1825 -59.8%
1547
2565
4940
9117
11,842
9965 18.8% 21,033 18,107 16.2%
1793
3168
581
938 -38.1% 1085 1683 -35.5%
7
63 -88.9% 15 145 -89.7%
2591
2394 8.2% 4824 4661 3.5%
7
122 -94.3% 10 278 -96.4%
1863
2183 -14.7% 3373 4184 -19.4%
787
1469 -46.4% 1569 2897 -45.8%
1
122 -99.2% 4 342 -98.8%
6129
6406 -4.3% 12,577 12,919 -2.6%
Total
43,140
33,360 29.3% 79,427 61,087 30.0%

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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