Small car sales were down for the month of April. When you look at the entire segment it was down roughly 6,100 units. When you break it down into sub-segments, it’s easy to see what areas are doing well and what areas aren’t.
Compact cars and City cars suffered the most. Both were down for the month with Compacts taking the biggest dive. Subcompact cars, Warm Hatchback cars, and Tall Hatchback car sales were all up. With these kinds of drops, it’s clear that buyers fewer and fewer buyers are looking for compact sedans.
With that said, the leaders in the segment in terms of volume were the Honda Civic, which saw a very slight uptick in sales, and the Toyota Corolla, which saw a dramatic drop of 24 percent.
The April monthly sales numbers were reflected in the YTD sales numbers, too. This suggests we’ll continue to see similar performance from the segment in the future.
Important note: Ford, GM and FCA have switched to quarterly reporting, making it more difficult to accurately gauge sales. We won’t have results to report for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge and Ram until the end of each quarter.