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 • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

Compact
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
1172
1660 -29.4% 10,831 11,744 -7.8%
4652
2648 75.7% 21,439 22,625 -5.2%
22,342
14,661 52.4% 122,796 163,938 -25.1%
2898
6343 -54.3% 34,500 61,102 -43.5%
11,772
16,321 -27.9% 128,889 150,427 -14.3%
32,807
32,031 2.4% 255,599 221,471 15.4%
20,733
22,405 -7.5% 137,668 173,238 -20.5%
8307
6862 21.1% 71,352 57,912 23.2%
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% 155,806 140,074 11.2%
1397
12,079
8513
10,441 -18.5% 62,772 67,025 -6.3%
30,741
31,726 -3.1% 244,651 252,106 -3.0%
4840
7075 -31.6% 36,513 44,516 -18.0%
11,720
11,112 5.5% 81,449 89,692 -9.2%
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% 37,258 46,755 -20.3%
4946
5892 -16.1% 34,577 46,872 -26.2%
5370
2901 85.1% 38,187 42,867 -10.9%
8329
4733 76.0% 54,705 44,985 21.6%
3325
1734 91.8% 22,024 18,796 17.2%
5 -100% 3 288 -99.0%
10,585
14,875 -28.8% 94,902 91,779 3.4%
2515
21,949
1459
3844 -62.0% 14,434 26,282 -45.1%
440
858 -48.7% 7818 14,949 -47.7%
Total
41,091
39,519 4.0% 325,857 333,573 -2.3%

City Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2938
2722 6.0% 25,458 25,468 0.1%
1541
1569 -1.8% 15,994 16,623 -3.8%
9 -100% 6 458 -98.7%
353
617 -42.8% 3439 4682 -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% 10,100 17,982 -43.8%
1986
2276 -12.7% 16,917 15,537 8.9%
3651
3429 6.5% 25,810 28,466 -9.3%
1062
1534 -30.8% 7952 12,317 -35.4%
1519
2127 -28.6% 9820 17,527 -44.0%
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% 49,187 43,661 12.7%
6997
5985 16.9% 45,598 36,911 23.5%
131
314 -58.3% 2658 6334 -58.0%
898
1061 -15.4% 8379 2279 268%
7580
4567 66.0% 51,417 24,617 109%
12,253
17,108 -28.4% 95,938 99,069 -3.2%
1492
698 114% 12,493 698 1690%
1312
1398 -6.2% 9014 10,879 -17.1%
6
282 -97.9% 63 1215 -94.8%
2572
3286 -21.7% 22,948 24,421 -6.0%
46 -100% 15 888 -98.3%
1143
2360 -51.6% 15,267 19,354 -21.1%
14
1376 -99.0% 2672 11,384 -76.5%
1
16 -93.8% 9 766 -98.8%
8787
8799 -0.1% 60,549 59,324 2.1%
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.

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