Midsize car volume improved by a scant 1% in the United States in February 2016, a meaningful improvement given the move away from cars in general.
Overall passenger car volume slid by less than 1% in February, but volume brand large cars, midsize cars, compact cars, and subcompact cars improved.
Blame for much of the decline is cast upon top-selling premium cars. BMW car volume tumbled 24% in February, Cadillac’s cars slid 11%, Mercedes-Benz car sales fell 13%, Infiniti’s cars plunged 36%, Lexus car sales dropped 16%, and Audi car volume was down 3%. Porsche and Volvo suffered sharp car sales declines, as well.
Among midsize cars, there were numerous sharp drops, most notably at Chrysler, Mazda, and Volkswagen. Productin of the Chrysler 200 is presently on hiatus as Chrysler attempts to clear out an inventory glut – but the clear-out isn’t really happening. 200 sales plunged 58% in February.
At Volkswagen, the tarnished name of the Passat – plus the brand’s inability to actually sell the popular diesel model – produced a 31% drop to only 4380 units in February.
The Mazda 6, often lauded by the enthusiast press as the pick of the bunch, suffered a 29% drop to 3617 sales. Over the last 16 months, only January was worse for the 6.
But so too were there a number of impressive increases. The Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the new Chevrolet Malibu collectively added 17,809 sales compared with Febuary 2015.
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.