The 200’s story is not a new one. A temporary shutdown at its Sterling Heights, Michigan, factory led to layoffs, the revelation that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ has no intention of developing the current car’s successor, and acknowledgements of the 200’s weaknesses from FCA’s boss, Sergio Marchionne.
No, the story is not a new one. There are simply more pages added to the book. U.S. sales of the Chrysler 200 fell 60% to only 7591 units in April 2016, a four-month high for the 200, but an 11,259-unit year-over-year loss.
Set aside the 200 from the overarching midsize equation and the picture isn’t quite so gloomy. Yes, April sales of numerous competitors fell – rather sharply in some cases – but so too did numerous competitors rise quickly. Non-FCA midsize cars actually increased 2% in the United States in April 2016, and they’re up by more than 3% so far this year.
Why? The new Chevrolet Malibu, together with the clear-out of the old Chevrolet Malibu, and growth from the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima, is powering the midsize category forward.
If you forget Chrysler’s failings.
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 midsize cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.