Small car sales didn’t do so great in May of 2019. The segment was down around 11,000 sales for the month when compared with this time last year. YTD the segment didn’t look much better. It was down roughly 39,000 sales. This trend is expected to continue, judging by the segment’s past performance.
The majority of the sales drop for the entire Small Car segment came from Compact Car sales. This section of the market saw a drop that was actually slightly higher than the segment as a whole. City Car sales, Warm Hatchback Car sales, and Tall Hatchback sales were also down, though not nearly as much. The one portion of the segment that saw a decent sales increase were Subcompact Cars.
When you look YTD, it’s more of the same. Most areas of the Small Car segment have seen steady declines over the last several months. Warm Hatchback sales were the only ones that managed to see a rise YTD. It will be interesting to see if small car sales continue to decline in the manner they did this month.
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.