In an improved passenger car market – sales rose 3% across the category – the large, volume-brand car category slid 8% in October 2014, brought down by the Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and the Ford Taurus most especially.
Civilian Taurus volume fell 40% to 3019 units. Impala volume was 3.5 times stronger. Ford also sold 756 Taurus Police Interceptors, though that figure represents a 24% decline. (Ford Explorer Police Interceptor sales jumped 20% to 2041 units in October.)
From the low end to the high end, October simply wasn’t a great month for these big cars. Model year changeovers can impact the totals achieved by a car like the Dodge Charger, refreshed for MY2015, but sales slid 11%, the third month in the last five in which Charger volume has fallen.
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet SS experienced its second-lowest full month total since arriving a year ago. Only September, when 111 were sold, was worse. GM dealers are sitting on a relative glut of SS inventory. There are nearly 600 in stock right now, according to Cars.com, and Automotive News says GM had a 195-day supply at the beginning of October 2014.
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. This table is sortable, so you can rank large cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
Source: Automakers * Hyundai USA, not GoodCarBadCar, chooses to combine sales figures for the Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe, forcing us to include the Genesis with these volume-brand cars on pricing grounds before we even get to the “brand status” issue. 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. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.