Small Car Sales In America - August 2016 YTD

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As U.S. sales of passenger cars tumbled 14% in August 2016, sales of compact cars and subcompact cars were not nearly so viciously struck.

In fact, U.S. sales of the core, Nissan Versa-led subcompact segment rose 4% in August despite the Versa's sharp decline. Thank the big gains from the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio – plus the Scion iA's contribution – for that. The quartet's share of the American subcompact car market grew from 24% in August 2015 to 48% in August 2016.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model - August 2016 YTD


Among compact cars, the class-leading Honda Civic, America's second-best-selling car, expanded its share of the market, grabbing 32,807 sales in August 2016. 

U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta, and the short-lived Buick Verano all increased, as well, nearly counteracting significant losses from the Dodge Dart, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf. 


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With the slowing market still ahead of 2015's record-setting pace, it's clear that customers are moving away from small cars. But the move away isn't nearly as severe as, for instance, the move away from midsize sedans. Led by the Toyota Camry, midsize cars plunged 26% in August and are down by more than one-tenth so far this year.

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 • July 2016August 2015
Compact
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1172
1660-29.4%10,83111,744-7.8%
4652
264875.7%21,43922,625-5.2%
22,342
14,66152.4%122,796163,938-25.1%
2898
6343-54.3%34,50061,102-43.5%
11,772
16,321-27.9%128,889150,427-14.3%
32,807
32,0312.4%255,599 221,47115.4%
20,733
22,405-7.5%137,668173,238-20.5%
8307
686221.1%71,35257,91223.2%
7297
10,161-28.2%66,781 74,542-10.4%
1089
1240-12.2%10,616 13,154-19.3%
14,256
15,662-9.0%155,806 140,07411.2%
1397
------12,079 ------
8513
10,441-18.5%62,77267,025-6.3%
30,741
31,726-3.1%244,651252,106-3.0%
4840
7075-31.6%36,51344,516-18.0%
11,720
11,1125.5%81,44989,692-9.2%
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Total
184,536
190,348-3.0%1,453,741 1,543,566 -5.8%

Subcompact
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
4122
4677-11.9%37,25846,755-20.3%
4946
5892-16.1%34,57746,872-26.2%
5370
290185.1%38,18742,867-10.9%
8329
473376.0%54,70544,98521.6%
3325
173491.8%22,02418,79617.2%
---
5-100%3 288-99.0%
10,585
14,875-28.8%94,90291,7793.4%
2515
------21,949 ------
1459
3844-62.0%14,43426,282-45.1%
440
858-48.7%781814,949-47.7%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
41,091
39,5194.0%325,857 333,573 -2.3%

City Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2938
27226.0%25,45825,4680.1%
1541
1569-1.8%15,99416,623-3.8%
---
9-100%6458-98.7%
353
617-42.8%34394682-26.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
4832
4917-1.7%44,897 47,231 -4.9%

Warm Hatches
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1243
2102-40.9%10,10017,982 -43.8%
1986
2276-12.7%16,91715,537 8.9%
3651
34296.5%25,81028,466 -9.3%
1062
1534-30.8%7952 12,317 -35.4%
1519
2127-28.6%982017,527 -44.0%
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--------- --- ---
Total
9461
11,468-17.5%70,599 91,829 -23.1%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
5843
6286-7.0%49,18743,66112.7%
6997
598516.9%45,59836,91123.5%
131
314-58.3%2658 6334-58.0%
898
1061-15.4%83792279268%
7580
456766.0%51,41724,617109%
12,253
17,108-28.4%95,938 99,069-3.2%
1492
698114%12,4936981690%
1312
1398-6.2%9014 10,879-17.1%
6
282-97.9%631215-94.8%
2572
3286-21.7%22,94824,421-6.0%
---
46-100%15888-98.3%
1143
2360-51.6%15,26719,354-21.1%
14
1376-99.0%267211,384-76.5%
1
16-93.8%9766-98.8%
8787
8799-0.1%60,54959,3242.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
49,029
53,582-8.5%376,207 341,800 10.1%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small Car Sales In America - July 2016
Small Car Sales In America - August 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - August 2016
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - July 2016
Midsize Car Sales In America - August 2016

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