Camry aside, U.S. sales of midsize cars increased marginally in March 2016 despite a sharp decrease in demand for passenger cars. Car volume took a 6% dive in March, marking the end of a quarter in which U.S. car sales slid 5%.
There’s no denying that legions of car buyers are no longer car buyers – they’re small crossover buyers. Toyota lost 4261 Camry buyers in 2016’s first-quarter but added 9112 RAV4 buyers, for example.
But because of the Camry’s noteworthy March decline and double-digit percentage losses from the Chrysler 200, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, and Volkswagen Passat, midsize car sales were down slightly more than 1% in March 2016.
First-quarter volume, worsened by the Chrysler 200’s 63% drop, the new Kia Optima’s 18% loss, a 37% decrease in Mazda 6 sales, a 31% Volkswagen Passat loss, and the Camry’s 4% decline, slid 2%.
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It could be worse. But in March, Hyundai reported its best U.S. sales month for the Sonata ever. Chevrolet Malibu sales jumped by a third. The Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima reported 2% and 9% gains, respectively.
And the Honda Accord, on track for its best sales year since 2003 at the current rate of growth, jumped 17% in March.
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.