Small Car Sales In America – May 2016 YTD


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U.S. sales of compact cars fell 10% in May 2016, a decline not solely attributable to an abbreviated sales month. The auto sales calendar in May 2016 didn’t begin until May 3, so there were two fewer “selling days” in May 2016 than there were in May 2015. But that only accounts for 7.7% of the May decline.

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

Yet while sales of virtually every compact car declined in May, the Kia Forte jumped 15% and America’s second-best-selling car, the Honda Civic, posted a 3% increase. As a result, the new Civic’s share of the compact car market grew from 15.3% in May 2015 to 17.6% in May 2016. Year-to-date, through five months, the Civic’s share of the compact category jumped from 13.6% to 17.7%.

Worthy of note: in May, the daily selling rate of the Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla all increased.
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USA small car sales chart May 2016
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Among subcompact cars, the Nissan Versa’s 20% increase and the Hyundai Accent’s 23% improvement caused the duo to earn 43% of all subcompact sales. Their rivals, new Scion iA excluded, all posted year-over-year declines in May 2016. Chevrolet Sonic sales tumbled 67%. 

It was also common in May to see sales of niche market small cars – Fiat 500, Mini Cooper, Smart Fortwo, Volkswagen Beetle, and others – take hard hits as the U.S. market veers away from cars in general. Overall U.S. auto sales declined 6% in May, which equaled a daily sales rate increase. But overall U.S. passenger car volume tumbled 16%.

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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Compact
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1424
1673 -14.9% 7344 6809 7.9%
2070
3246 -36.2% 12,694 15,279 -16.9%
16,671
23,752 -29.8% 68,065 105,291 -35.4%
4514
8667 -47.9% 25,774 42,353 -39.1%
17,455
23,934 -27.1% 83,653 95,028 -12.0%
35,396
34,472 2.7% 158,030 129,574 22.0%
22,168
23,432 -5.4% 73,892 102,085 -27.6%
9910
8584 15.4% 43,572 35,275 23.5%
10,127
10,316 -1.8% 42,982 45,626 -5.8%
929
1463 -36.5% 7406 9367 -20.9%
20,204
20,616 -2.0% 102,293 88,701 15.3%
1743
7511
8255
8538 -3.3% 37,647 39,109 -3.7%
34,872
36,768 -5.2% 151,243 159,486 -5.2%
4475
6308 -29.1% 21,716 24,579 -11.6%
10,945
12,875 -15.0% 49,662 55,938 -11.2%
Total
201,158
224,644 -10.4% 893,484 954,500 -6.4%

Subcompact
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2980
9067 -67.1% 20,709 29,082 -28.8%
6150
9426 -34.8% 21,475 27,518 -22.0%
5706
6342 -10.0% 22,351 30,965 -27.8%
5432
4428 22.7% 36,191 29,435 23.0%
2241
3615 -38.0% 10,130 12,415 -18.4%
10 -100% 3 259 -98.8%
12,114
10,121 19.7% 57,778 56,765 1.8%
3056
13,488
1909
3763 -49.3% 10,218 16,165 -36.8%
1236
2401 -48.5% 5284 9878 -46.5%
Total
40,824
49,173 -17.0% 197,627 212,482 -7.0%

City Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3495
2705 29.2% 11,732 15,552 -24.6%
2098
3369 -37.7% 11,632 11,832 -1.7%
1
64 -98.4% 5 369 -98.6%
420
837 -49.8% 2186 2850 -23.3%
Total
6014
6975 -14.8% 25,555 30,603 -16.5%

Warm Hatches
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1553
2614 -40.6% 6819 13,107 -48.0%
1965
2249 -12.6% 11,223 9136 22.8%
3350
3814 -12.2% 15,331 17,259 -11.2%
1043
1878 -44.5% 4881 7944 -38.6%
1178
2685 -56.1% 5668 10,809 -47.6%
Total
9089
13,240 -31.3% 43,922 58,255 -24.6%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6522
5400 20.8% 30,330 25,023 21.2%
5102
5707 -10.6% 23,339 18,844 23.9%
334
1245 -73.2% 2064 5546 -62.8%
1250
8 15,525% 6308 8 78,750%
7392
6381 15.8% 29,876 6381 368%
13,706
13,886 -1.3% 58,299 56,142 3.8%
1570
7990
1236
1768 -30.1% 4851 6237 -22.2%
9
251 -96.4% 48 590 -91.9%
3060
3384 -9.6% 13,372 13,945 -4.1%
1
108 -99.1% 15 675 -97.8%
2271
2625 -13.5% 10,032 12,080 -17.0%
135
1498 -91.0% 2553 7376 -65.4%
92 -100% 8 659 -98.8%
8467
7876 7.5% 35,624 34,893 2.1%
Total
51,055
50,229 1.6% 224,709 188,399 19.3%

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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