Midsize Car Sales In America – March 2016 YTD


2016 Chevrolet Malibu white

Camry aside, U.S. sales of midsize cars increased marginally in March 2016 despite a sharp decrease in demand for passenger cars. Car volume took a 6% dive in March, marking the end of a quarter in which U.S. car sales slid 5%.

There’s no denying that legions of car buyers are no longer car buyers – they’re small crossover buyers. Toyota lost 4261 Camry buyers in 2016’s first-quarter but added 9112 RAV4 buyers, for example.

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

But because of the Camry’s noteworthy March decline and double-digit percentage losses from the Chrysler 200, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, and Volkswagen Passat, midsize car sales were down slightly more than 1% in March 2016. 

First-quarter volume, worsened by the Chrysler 200’s 63% drop, the new Kia Optima’s 18% loss, a 37% decrease in Mazda 6 sales, a 31% Volkswagen Passat loss, and the Camry’s 4% decline, slid 2%.

USA midsize car sales chart March 2016
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It could be worse. But in March, Hyundai reported its best U.S. sales month for the Sonata ever. Chevrolet Malibu sales jumped by a third. The Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima reported 2% and 9% gains, respectively. 

And the Honda Accord, on track for its best sales year since 2003 at the current rate of growth, jumped 17% in March. 

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 • March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Midsize Car
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1276
1901 -32.9% 5537 4382 26.4%
22,058
16,552 33.3% 58,222 42,401 37.3%
6176
19,190 -67.8% 17,973 49,152 -63.4%
186 -100% 647 -100%
29,675
29,044 2.2% 74,994 71,470 4.9%
30,523
26,018 17.3% 77,073 68,645 12.3%
28,778
18,340 56.9% 61,457 44,690 37.5%
11,725
15,485 -24.3% 29,768 36,463 -18.4%
4094
7568 -45.9% 10,283 16,398 -37.3%
34,856
31,993 8.9% 85,332 86,875 -1.8%
5551
6148 -9.7% 14,478 14,371 0.7%
36,991
40,800 -9.3% 96,244 100,505 -4.2%
6097
7794 -21.8% 14,063 20,408 -31.1%
361
513 -29.6% 991 1461 -32.2%
Total
218,161
221,532 -1.5% 546,415 557,868 -2.1%
Hybrids & Electrics
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1865
639 192% 3987 1874 113%
1702
1769 -3.8% 4059 4305 -5.7%
2
209 -99.0% 21 643 -96.7%
1
10 -90.0% 8 15 -46.7%
1246
1817 -31.4% 2931 4085 -28.3%
8137
9958 -18.3% 21,655 25,142 -13.9%
8130
9485 -14.3% 21,632 23,871 -9.4%
7
473 -98.5% 23 1271 -98.2%
1331
2516 -47.1% 3648 6279 -41.9%
Total
22,421
26,876 -16.6% 57,964 67,485 -14.1%
Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
110
742 -85.2% 566 2046 -72.3%
14,122
12,504 12.9% 37,271 35,487 5.0%
107
2404 -95.5% 415 6781 -93.9%
Total
14,339
15,650 -8.4% 38,252 44,314 -13.7%

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.

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