January 2016 was an abbreviated sales month for the U.S. auto industry. Quirks of the calendar meant January 2016 had only 24 selling days, down from 26 in January 2015.
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In other words, the sudden jump in volume achieved by cars like the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Nissan Maxima were even more startling than first thought. (And more short-lived? We’ll see.)
Collectively, those four cars recorded a 55% increase in U.S. sales volume in 2015. Their daily selling rate was up 68%. In January 2015, the quartet owned 41% of the category. Their market share jumped to 53% in January 2016.
The best-selling car in the segment continued to be the Chevrolet Impala. After tumbling 23% in January 2015, sales recovered somewhat, rising 8% in January 2016. Compared with January of two years ago, sales last month were still down 16%.
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.