Small Car Sales In America – April 2016 YTD


2016 Hyundai Accent hatchback red

America’s three top-selling compact cars produced 47% of April 2016’s compact car sales volume, as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Nissan Sentra all sold more often in April 2016 than in April 2015.

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings – April 2016 YTD
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – April 2016 YTD

In the case of the Civic and Sentra, the gains of these two recently revamped/refreshed were significant last month. The Civic, America’s top-selling car overall in April 2016, jumped 25% to 35,331 units, a 23-month high. Nissan’s Sentra, which averaged approximately 15,000 monthly sales in calendar year 2014, is averaging more than 20,000 monthly sales in 2016 so far.

Yet while Civic, Corolla, and Sentra sales increased in April along with rivals from Kia and Mazda, the losses posted by the transitioning Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, increasingly unpopular Dodge Dart, and struggling Volkswagens brought the compact car category down. Both in April and on year-to-date terms, U.S. sales of compact cars are down 5%.

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In the midst of the Elantra’s sharp decline, Hyundai increased Accent availability and volume. The Accent was the lone subcompact to post increased sales in April 2016. Hyunda, which typically sells 5200 Accents per month, sold 12,933 Accents in April. 

Toyota’s Mazda-based Scion iA also added more than 3000 sales to the subcompact sector’s total volume

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 • April 2017 • May 2016 • March 2016April 2015

Compact
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1633
1631 0.1% 5920 5136 15.3%
2399
2954 -18.8% 10,624 12,033 -11.7%
14,153
20,947 -32.4% 51,394 81,539 -37.0%
4392
8571 -48.8% 21,260 33,686 -36.9%
15,983
18,100 -11.7% 66,198 71,094 -6.9%
35,331
28,380 24.5% 122,634 95,102 29.0%
12,361
21,911 -43.6% 51,724 78,653 -34.2%
9740
7183 35.6% 33,662 26,691 26.1%
10,722
8006 33.9% 32,855 35,310 -7.0%
1023
1865 -45.1% 6477 7904 -18.1%
19,145
17,059 12.2% 82,089 68,085 20.6%
1542
5768
7932
8024 -1.1% 29,392 30,571 -3.9%
32,111
31,990 0.4% 116,371 122,718 -5.2%
5108
5508 -7.3% 17,241 18,271 -5.6%
10,694
11,700 -8.6% 38,717 43,063 -10.1%
Total
184,269
193,829 -4.9% 692,326 729,856 -5.1%

Subcompact
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
5102
8700 -41.1% 17,729 20,015 -11.4%
4462
5982 -25.4% 15,325 18,092 -15.3%
5132
6529 -21.4% 16,645 24,623 -32.4%
12,933
8208 57.6% 30,759 25,007 23.0%
2523
2802 -10.0% 7889 8800 -10.4%
3
21 -85.7% 3 249 -98.8%
9165
9646 -5.0% 45,664 46,644 -2.1%
3023
10,432
1676
3523 -52.4% 8309 12,402 -33.0%
1365
2153 -36.6% 4048 7477 -45.9%
Total
45,384
47,564 -4.6% 156,803 163,309 -4.0%

City Car
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3082
3743 -17.7% 8237 12,847 -35.9%
3302
2407 37.2% 9534 8463 12.7%
1
73 -98.6% 4 305 -98.7%
466
480 -2.9% 1766 2013 -12.3%
Total
6851
6703 2.2% 19,541 23,628 -17.3%

Warm Hatches
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1488
2498 -40.4% 5266 10,493 -49.8%
2792
1650 69.2% 9258 6887 34.4%
3538
4150 -14.7% 11,981 13,445 -10.9%
1077
1693 -36.4% 3838 6066 -36.7%
1171
2389 -51.0% 4490 8124 -44.7%
Total
10,066
12,380 -18.7% 34,833 45,015 -22.6%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
April
2016
April
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6589
5587 17.9% 23,808 19,623 21.3%
4510
3451 30.7% 18,237 13,137 38.8%
463
1258 -63.2% 1730 4301 -59.8%
1094
5058
6969
22,484
11,517
11,418 0.9% 44,593 42,256 5.5%
1504
6429
1249
1244 0.4% 3615 4469 -19.1%
9
82 -89.0% 39 339 -88.5%
2614
2674 -2.2% 10,312 10,561 -2.4%
1
113 -99.1% 14 567 -97.5%
1890
2433 -22.3% 7761 9455 -17.9%
312
1406 -77.8% 2418 5878 -58.9%
1
111 -99.1% 8 567 -98.6%
7607
6936 9.7% 27,157 27,017 0.5%
Total
46,329
36,713 26.2% 173,663 138,170 25.7%

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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