Small Car Sales In America – September 2016 YTD


2016 Scion iM

U.S. sales of passenger cars took a 7% hit in September 2016, but compact cars bucked the industry trend by falling just 1%, a scant 1397-unit downturn that can be blamed in large part on the discontinued Dodge Dart. 

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

Dart volume tumbled 63% as FCA prepares to wind down the company’s lone mainstream compact car. While there were other compact sedans that reported fewer sales this September than last, the losses of such models – Focus, Civic, Elantra, 3, Lancer, Sentra, Impreza, Golf – were counteracted by gains from the segment-leading Toyota Corolla and a finally resurgent Chevrolet Cruze, among others.

Subcompact volume, on the other hand, fell harder and faster than the car market at large. Led by the Nissan Versa, which slid 36%, U.S. sales of subcompact cars plunged 9%, hampered by losses at Toyota and Ford as well as Nissan. 

USA small car sales chart September 2016
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In both the compact and subcompact sectors, sales are compiled in a different fashion in September because of Scion’s death. The iA, essentially a Mazda 2 sedan, is now marketed as a Toyota Yaris iA, not a Scion iA. 

The Scion iM, meanwhile, is now operating under the Toyota Corolla iM banner. For the time being, Toyota is distinguishing the sales figures of these variants from the Yaris and Corolla, so we are as well. 

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 • October 2016 • August 2016September 2015

Compact
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
916
1614 -43.2% 11,747 13,358 -12.1%
3929
2377 65.3% 25,368 25,002 1.5%
15,216
14,032 8.4% 138,012 177,970 -22.5%
2597
7096 -63.4% 37,267 68,320 -45.5%
11,160
13,437 -16.9% 140,049 163,864 -14.5%
28,184
28,278 -0.3% 283,783 249,749 13.6%
19,382
20,724 -6.5% 157,050 193,962 -19.0%
8256
5388 53.2% 79,608 63,300 25.8%
7350
7757 -5.2% 74,131 82,299 -9.9%
923
1116 -17.3% 11,539 14,270 -19.1%
13,670
14,196 -3.7% 169,476 154,270 9.9%
7469
8588 -13.0% 70,241 75,613 -7.1%
32,272
27,978 15.3% 289,002 280,095 3.2%
31,167
26,636 17.0% 275,818 278,742 -1.0%
1105
1342 -17.7% 13,184 1353 874%
4585
5251 -12.7% 41,098 49,767 -17.4%
8299
7773 6.8% 89,748 97,465 -7.9%
Total
164,208
165,605 -0.8% 1,618,119 1,709,304 -5.3%

Subcompact
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
3851
3780 1.9% 41,109 50,535 -18.7%
4230
6996 -39.5% 38,807 53,868 -28.0%
5068
1279 296% 43,255 44,146 -2.0%
7495
3640 106% 62,200 48,625 27.9%
2141
1480 44.7% 24,165 20,276 19.2%
4 -100% 3 292 -99.0%
11,553
18,053 -36.0% 106,455 109,832 -3.1%
1459
3367 -56.7% 15,893 29,649 -46.4%
1531
2621 -41.6% 31,298 17,570 78.1%
339
586
-42.2%
8157
15,535
-47.5%
1192
2035
-41.4%
23,141 2035
1037%
Total
37,328
41,220 -9.4% 363,185 374,793 -3.1%

City Car
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
2223
2371 -6.2% 27,681 27,839 -0.6%
1756
1348 30.3% 17,750 17,971 -1.2%
7 -100% 6 465 -98.7%
605
750 -19.3% 4044 5432 -25.6%
Total
4584
4476 2.4% 49,481 51,707 -4.3%

Warm Hatches
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
1481
1981 -25.2% 11,603 20,089 -42.2%
3168
2118 49.6% 20,085 17,655 13.8%
2988
3132 -4.6% 28,798 31,598 -8.9%
738
1208 -38.9% 8690 13,525 -35.7%
1341
1539 -12.9% 11,161 19,066 -41.5%
Total
9716
9978 -2.6% 80,337 101,933 -21.2%

Tall Hatchbacks & Subcompact Crossovers
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
7297
5624 29.7% 56,484 49,285 14.6%
8526
6140 38.9% 54,124 43,051 25.7%
103
332 -69.0% 2801 6754 -58.5%
839
1856 -54.8% 9264 4170 122%
6853
4608 48.7% 58,270 29,225 99.4%
11,885
13,614 -12.7% 107,823 112,683 -4.3%
1513
1340 12.9% 14,006 2038 587%
1031
1180 -12.6% 10,045 12,059 -16.7%
5
102 -95.1% 68 1317 -94.8%
2570
3140 -18.2% 25,518 27,561 -7.4%
24 -100% 15 912 -98.4%
947
2108 -55.1% 16,214 21,462 -24.5%
2
1117 -99.8% 2674 12,501 -78.6%
12 -100% 9 778 -98.8%
8261
7414 11.4% 68,810 66,738 3.1%
Total
49,832
48,611 2.5% 426,125 390,534 9.1%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
° Yaris and Corolla breakdown with Scion products moving to the Toyota brand
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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