Compared with October 2013, U.S. small car sales increased at a surprisingly fast rate in October 2014. Surprising because of steadily falling fuel prices, which typically drive American consumers toward larger cars and SUVs as though fuel prices will stay that way forever, and surprising because passenger car volume hasn’t been especially healthy this year.
The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic-dominated compact segment was up just 1.5% through the first three-quarters of 2014. But year-over-year volume jumped 9.3% in October as the Chevrolet Cruze contributed an extra 8202 sales (24,289) in total.
The Dodge Dart, Kia Forte, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla all contributed smaller gains. Nissan Sentra volume jumped 56%, or 4730 units.
Combined sales of the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta were up by 4724 units, helping to end an 18-month streak in which Volkswagen USA sales had decreased. (It’s still too soon to say VW USA is on the upswing, as October volume wasn’t particularly strong.)
Subcompact sales, meanwhile, jumped 11.5% in October despite losses from the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, and Toyota Yaris. The Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Nissan Versa collectively rose 43% to 22,787 units, equal to 59% of the subcompact category.
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.