As the American auto industry declined 1% on pure volume terms in August 2015, the passenger car sector suffered a 10% year-over-year plunge.
Popular cars like the Honda Accord, America’s best-selling car last month, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion slid noticeably. Compacts, meanwhile, led this year by the Toyota Corolla and in August 2015 by the Honda Civic, fell 10% in keeping with the overall car market.
By the standards of other small cars, this wasn’t such a bad outcome. Subcompact cars took a 26% dive. The Chevrolet Sonic slid 63.5%. The Honda Fit lost more than half its August volume. The Kia Rio very nearly lost half its volume. The Mazda 2, not to be replaced, nearly disappeared. Toyota’s Prius C was down 12%.
City cars fell 19%. Coupe-like small cars tumbled 17%.
The redeeming factors? Urban crossovers based on many of these small cars – the Sonic-based Trax and Impreza-based XV Crosstrek and Fit-based HR-V – continued to expand their share of the market, aided by the introduction of the Mazda 2-based CX-3.
The 2 on which it’s based, as already mentioned, won’t be coming to America.
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.