Small Car Sales In America – July 2016 YTD


2016 Honda Civic Coupe blue

U.S. sales of compact cars declined 7%, not quite as sharp a drop as the 9% decline reported by the overarching passenger car sector, even though Americans took delivery of more Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas.

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

The Honda Civic, all-new in tenth-gen form for 2016, rose 6% in July to a class-leading 32,952 sales in July. The Civic is America’s second-best-selling car overall.

The Toyota Corolla, which stumbled 4% in the first-half of 2016, posted a 5% July increase. The dominant Civic/Corolla thus grew their market share from 31% in July 2015 to 35% in July 2016, a marked improvement for two cars which already controlled a massive share of the market for compact cars in America.

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, collectively reported a 15% year-over-year increase to 41,804 U.S. sales in July 2016. This isn’t a particularly meaningful improvement for two reasons. 

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USA July 2016 small car sales chart July 2016
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First, the trend through the first seven months of 2016 shows that subcompact volume is down by more than 9000 sales this year. Second, July 2016’s 15% increase compared with July 2015 still means U.S. sales of subcompacts were down 14% compared with July 2014. 

The Nissan Versa, up 19% to 11,856 units last month, is an increasingly dominant force among subcompacts

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • August 2016 • June 2016July 2015

Compact
July
2016
July
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1201
1613 -25.5% 9659 10,084 -4.2%
2068
2379 -13.1% 16,787 19,977 -16.0%
13,723
21,339 -35.7% 100,454 149,277 -32.7%
3341
5797 -42.4% 31,602 54,759 -42.3%
13,973
17,027 -17.9% 117,117 134,106 -12.7%
32,952
31,139 5.8% 222,792 189,440 17.6%
20,629
22,135 -6.8% 116,935 150,833 -22.5%
10,303
7868 30.9% 63,045 51,050 23.5%
8103
9504 -14.7% 59,484 64,381 -7.6%
1093
1292 -15.4% 9527 11,914 -20.0%
18,536
18,511 0.1% 141,550 124,412 13.8%
1601
10,682
8488
10,243 -17.1% 54,259 56,584 -4.1%
31,717
30,249 4.9% 213,910 220,380 -2.9%
5351
6717 -20.3% 31,673 37,441 -15.4%
11,450
11,562 -1.0% 69,729 78,580 -11.3%
Total
184,529
197,375 -6.5% 1,269,205 1,353,218 -6.2%

Subcompact
July
2016
July
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4844
5102 -5.1% 33,136 42,078 -21.3%
4092
5491 -25.5% 29,631 40,980 -27.7%
5432
4332 25.4% 32,817 39,966 -17.9%
7046
4276 64.8% 46,376 40,252 15.2%
3331
2227 49.6% 18,699 17,062 9.6%
10 -100% 3 283 -98.9%
11,856
9949 19.2% 84,317 76,904 9.6%
3007
19,434
1402
3517 -60.1% 12,975 22,438 -42.2%
794
1403 -43.4% 7378 14,091 -47.6%
Total
41,804
36,307 15.1% 284,766 294,054 -3.2%

City Car
July
2016
July
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4229
3287 28.7% 22,520 22,696 -0.8%
1280
1553 -17.6% 14,453 15,054 -4.0%
27 -100% 6 449 -98.7%
493
441 11.8% 3086 4065 -24.1%
Total
6002
5308 13.1% 40,065 42,264 -5.2%

Warm Hatches
July
2016
July
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1097
1940 -43.5% 8857 15,880 -44.2%
2008
2060 -2.5% 14,931 13,261 12.6%
3350
3893 -14.0% 22,159 25,037 -11.5%
1104
1421 -22.3% 6890 10,783 -36.1%
1528
2309 -33.8% 8301 15,400 -46.1%
Total
9087
11,623 -21.8% 61,138 80,361 -23.9%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
July
2016
July
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
6923
6826 1.4% 43,344 37,375 16.0%
9466
6111 54.9% 38,601 30,926 24.8%
227
314 -27.7% 2527 6020 -58.0%
950
942 0.8% 7481 1218 514%
7394
5909 25.1% 43,837 20,050 119%
13,157
13,975 -5.9% 83,685 81,961 2.1%
1499
11,001
1422
1203 18.2% 7702 9481 -18.8%
2
95 -97.9% 57 933 -93.9%
3545
3242 9.3% 20,376 21,135 -3.6%
52 -100% 15 842 -98.2%
1568
2347 -33.2% 14,124 16,994 -16.9%
29
1316 -97.8% 2658 10,008 -73.4%
43 -100% 8 750 -98.9%
8480
8575 -1.1% 51,762 50,525 2.4%
Total
54,662
50,950 7.3% 327,178 288,218 13.5%

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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