Midsize Car Sales In America – February 2017


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U.S. sales of midsize cars plunged 19% to fewer than 147,000 units in February 2017, a loss of 34,000 sales for the rapidly declining segment.

U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model – February 2017 YTD
U.S. Car Sales By Model – February 2017 YTD

Led by the plunging Toyota Camry – which didn’t plunge as far or as fast as its competitors – America’s midsize car category has now lost volume in twelve consecutive months. Not since February 2016 have sales of midsize cars increased on a year-over-year basis.

USA midsize car sales chart February 2017
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Virtually every member of the fleet deserved blame in February 2017. Only the Volkswagen Passat posted a year-over-year improvement. The Passat, sales of which increased relative to February 2016, were down 25% compared with February 2012 and lower last month than in four of the last five Februarys. The Passat’s growth is not meaningless, but it’s trivial. 

Elsewhere, with the Chrysler 200’s painfully gradual disappearance (sales fell 65% in February) and a sharp decline from one of the newest redesigns (Chevrolet Malibu sales were down 42%) plus significant losses from the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry, midsize car market share slid to just 10.4% in February 2017, down from 13.4% in February 2016 and 14.2% in February 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. These tables are sortable, so you can rank midsize cars 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 • March 2017 • January 2017February 2016

Midsize Car
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1023
1608 -36.4% 1974 4261 -53.7%
12,406
21,418 -42.1% 20,783 36,164 -42.5%
2194
6259 -64.9% 4055 10,944 -62.9%
6 -100% 15 -100%
16,512
25,442 -35.1% 32,027 45,319 -29.3%
23,455
25,785 -9.0% 42,991 46,550 -7.6%
14,618
17,470 -16.3% 22,512 32,679 -31.1%
8892
9630 -7.7% 16,741 18,043 -7.2%
3598
3617 -0.5% 6898 6189 11.5%
26,543
28,320 -6.3% 45,474 50,476 -9.9%
3924
4454 -11.9% 7806 8927 -12.6%
27,498
32,396 -15.1% 47,811 59,236 -19.3%
179
251 -28.7% 346 630 -45.1%
6114
4380 39.6% 12,001 7966 50.7%
Total
146,956
181,036 -18.8% 261,419 327,399 -20.2%

Hybrids & Electrics
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
952
2114
1820
1126 61.6% 3431 2122 61.7%
1315
1370 -4.0% 2261 2357 -4.1%
1 19 -94.7%
1
5
2143
2185
1
5 -80.0% 1 7 -85.7%
1037
930 11.5% 1809 1685 7.4%
6780
7175 -5.5% 12,699 13,518 -6.1%
5418
7169 -24.4% 9971 13,502 -26.2%
1362
6 22,233% 2728 16 16,950%
892
1112 -19.8% 1659 2317 -28.4%
Total
14,941
11,718 27.5% 26,165 22,025 18.8%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too… 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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