Large Car Sales In America – December 2016 & 2016 Year End


Despite a modest improvement from the Chrysler 300, a slight uptick in sales of the low-volume Chevrolet SS, and a 10-year sales high from the Nissan Maxima, U.S. sales of volume brand full-size sedans slid 8% in calendar year 2016.

U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End
U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2016 Year End

Overall, the passenger car market fell somewhat harder, sliding 9% even as total auto sales reached record highs. Subtract the Hyundai Genesis – the Coupe is dying and the sedan is now marketed at a premium brand as the Genesis G80 – and these full-size cars were down 7%. 

U.S. large car sales chart 2016
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The Chevrolet Impala was the segment leader in outright volume, narrowly besting the Dodge Charger by 1569 units. Combined, the Impala and Buick LaCrosse generated 124,588 U.S. sales in 2016. The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 earned 148,678 sales in 2016. 

Detroit nameplates owned 69% of the segment’s sales in 2016, down from 71% in 2015.

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. This table is sortable, so you can rank large cars any which way you like. Mobile users can now thumb across the table 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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Large Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
2826
3158 -10.5% 27,582 42,035 -34.4%
10,794
9060 19.1% 97,006 116,825 -17.0%
94
134 -29.9% 3013 2895 4.1%
3584
4269 -16.0% 53,241 53,025 0.4%
7237
8309 -12.9% 95,437 96,633 -1.2%
4101
4022 2.0% 44,098 48,816 -9.7%
384
358 7.3% 4942 5539 -10.8%
426
3094 -86.2% 23,230 31,374 -26.0%
428
598 -28.4% 4738 7343 -35.5%
5293
4771 10.9% 62,670 40,359 55.3%
5051
5816 -13.2% 48,080 60,065 -20.0%
Total
40,218
43,589 -7.7% 464,037 504,909 -8.1%

Source: Automakers
* Hyundai USA, not GoodCarBadCar, chooses to combine sales figures for the Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe, forcing us to include the Genesis with these volume-brand cars on pricing grounds before we even get to the “brand status” issue.
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. 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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