Small Car Sales In America - February 2017

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Compact cars continued their U.S. decline in February 2017, but their collective rate of decline continued to be less severe than the decline affecting America's passenger car market at large.


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


Compact car sales slid 8% in February 2017 and are down 7% through the first one-sixth of 2017. That slide occurred in a car market that fell 12% in February and is down nearly 13% so far this year.

Led by the Toyota Corolla in February and the Honda Civic so far this year, compact car sales are down by roughly 22,000 units this year. 

USA small car sales chart February 2017
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Much of the blame can be laid at the feet, or rather the wheels, of Detroit nameplates: the Ford Focus and a pair of discontinued cars from Buick and Dodge. Those three cars alone combined to lose 22,380 sales in the first two months of 2017. 

The Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, and Acura ILX all reported double-digit percentage losses through the end of last month, year-over-year, and Honda Civic and Mazda 3 sales are in decline, as well.

Subcompact cars, meanwhile, slid further and faster than the market at large in February. The segment's 18% drop was caused by a sharp drop in sales of the segment-leading Nissan Versa plus declines from the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, and Toyota Prius C.

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 • March 2017 • January 2017February 2016
Compact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
739
1500-50.7%14322733-47.6%
488
3066-84.1%8985925-84.8%
15,367
12,99818.2%35,31627,36029.1%
1683
5824-71.1%308011,104-72.3%
12,691
18,620-31.8%22,26831,597-29.5%
27,039
27,707-2.4%50,134 54,448-7.9%
15,954
11,97333.3%29,13921,85833.3%
8506
81873.9%14,77313,5169.3%
6846
7275-5.9%13,469 14,826-9.2%
2225
199711.4%3693 35204.9%
16,010
20,599-22.3%29,454 36,743-19.8%
8324
681222.2%15,57113,53015.1%
27,161
30,659-11.4%48,72854,271-10.2%
25,395
29,342
-13.5%
45,502
51,704
-12.0%
1766
1317
34.1%
3226
2567
25.7%
5842
364560.3%11,608763852.0%
8017
9375-14.5%14,86317,552-15.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
156,892
170,237-7.8%294,426 316,621 -7.0%

Subcompact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
2140
4241-49.5%42357919-46.5%
3981
37546.0%7556631419.7%
3764
36473.2%684267421.5%
3352
4897-31.6%10,41499474.7%
840
1461-42.5%18262891-36.8%
9869
12,249-19.4%18,73920,255-7.5%
1372
2263-39.4%25154026-37.5%
3858
321320.1%7139560127.5%
1057
908
16.4%
2387
1456
63.9%
2801
2305
21.5%
4752
4145
14.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
29,176
35,725-18.3%59,266 63,695 -7.0%

City Car
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
2139
176121.5%3834288233.0%
2835
1156145%4146211995.7%
---
1-100%---3-100%
348
422-17.5%672821-18.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
5322
334059.3%8652 5825 48.5%

Warm Hatches
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
1131
11201.0%23492101 11.8%
1724
2101-17.9%41624124 0.9%
1964
2251-12.7%39514977 -20.6%
39
917-95.7%111 1632 -93.2%
1330
91245.8%24111851 30.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
6188
7301-15.2%12,984 14,685 -11.6%

Tall Hatchbacks & Subcompact Crossovers
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
6528
587311.2%11,78610,7939.2%
6606
481437.2%11,863856038.6%
72
370-80.5%178 727-75.5%
640
1161-44.9%12402202-43.7%
6354
494028.6%12,043911732.1%
7702
11,842-35.0%15,494 21,033-26.3%
1279
1793-28.7%24633169-22.3%
188
581-67.6%1310 108520.7%
2
7-71.4%315-80.0%
1824
16848.3%3742304522.9%
---
7-100%---10-100%
1297
1863-30.4%26013373-22.9%
---
787-100%---1569-100%
---
1-100%---4-100%
6611
61297.9%13,11812,5774.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
39,103
41,852-6.6%75,841 77,279 -1.9%
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 - March 2017
Small Car Sales In America - January 2017
Small Car Sales In America - February 2016
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In America - February 2017
U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - February 2017
Midsize Car Sales In America - February 2017

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