In a declining passenger car market, U.S. sales of compact cars grew faster than the overall industry in April 2015, rising 6% to more than 190,000 units.
April wasn’t an anomaly. In a flat car market through the first one-third of 2015, compact car sales are up 7%, not only bucking the trend of the passenger car category but growing faster than the industry as a whole.
Subcompact sales, meanwhile, are declining this year but surged 9% in April 2015 as the Chevrolet Sonic returned to healthy volume; despite a decline in sales of the segment-leading Nissan Versa.
Powering the compact category were gains from the class-leading Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra. The Dodge Dart’s rapid rate of expansion continues, and a tripling of Golf sales at Volkswagen overcame a Jetta deficit. (SportWagen sales, remember, are migrating from the Jetta nameplate to the Golf. Jetta sedan sales were up 5% to 11,440 in April.)
Among subcompacts, the Chevrolet Sonic recorded its best month since August of last year, the Ford Fiesta reported increased sales for the first time since May of last year, Honda Fit volume improved for the eighth consecutive month, the Hyundai Accent posted its second-best month of the last three years, and Toyota Yaris volume exceeded 2000 units for just the second time since September 2013.
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 now sortable, so you can rank small cars of all kinds any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
Source: Automakers & ANDC * vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown 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. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.