The Honda Civic’s 43% surge to 26,741 U.S. sales in January 2016 wasn’t just enough to lead the small car sales race; it was enough for the Civic to end January as the second-best-selling car in the country; only 108 sales out of first place overall.
The Civic and second-ranked Toyota Corolla garnered one-third of all U.S. compact car sales in January. In January 2015, Civic sales dropped to what now stands out as, at the very least, a 37-month low. One year later, Civic volume – propped up by the clearing out of ninth-gen MY2015 cars and the launch of the new tenth-gen Civics – grew by 8000 units.
U.S. compact car sales on the whole, however, were essentially flat on a daily selling rate basis. (“January” volume was down 8%, but January 2016 had only 24 selling days, not 26 as January 2015 did.)
Subcompact car volume, on the other hand, plunged 17% as most every nameplate suffered declining year-over-year volume. The class-leading Nissan Versa slid 24%, a loss of 2500 sales.
Industry-wide health, however, continues to be produced because of the strength in SUV/crossover sales. Many such vehicles, like the Honda HR-V, use subcompacts as a foundation. The Fit-based HR-V, Fiat 500X, and Mazda 2-based Mazda CX-3 added 6570 sales to the U.S. auto industry’s sales tally in January.
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. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.