Despite the low fuel prices and all the talk about Americans buying fewer cars, especially small cars, the minicar segment in the United States has managed to actually grow in 2019, showing a 6% increase to over 80,000 sales, which means it still holds a tiny share of 0.5% of the total US car market. The two best selling nameplates in the segment happened to be the only two to improve their sales volume, and both did so by double digits, while the remaining three all lost by double digits. [Read more…]
A resurgent Chevy Spark doesn’t just take segment leadership, but also drags the segment back into the black
Sales in the US Minicar segment rose by 1.6% in the first half of 2019, raising hopes that the segment’s four year long may come to an end this year. However, with only five models left and no new models on the horizon, it would take a brave person to put their money on the growth persisting until the end of the year. [Read more…]
Mitsubishi Mirage takes the sales crown as Mini Cooper stumbles; Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo wither away
Sales in the US Minicar segment fell by 10.3% to 76,442 in 2018, making it the fourth straight year of decline. Overall, total segment sales have fallen by over 40% since their peak in 2014, a trend that may well continue in the near future with no new models on the horizon.
Mitsubishi Mirage retakes segment lead as collapse in Chevy Smart sales drops it to third
Sales in the US Minicar segment fell by 15.1% to 37,708 in the first half of 2018, a result driven by a 26.0% decline in the first quarter of the year, which masks a modest 0.5% sales decline in the second quarter. This provides a rare respite for a segment that has been in decline for quite some time now, but it is too early to call this a recovery. [Read more…]
Chevy Spark regains leadership of the rapidly-shrinking segment
Sales in the US minicar segment fell by 26.0% to 18,779 in the first quarter of 2018, making it the second fastest-shrining segment in early 2018, ahead of only the small sports segment. This performance is a continuation of the segments recent downward trend (it shrank by 20.0% in 2017), and suggests a grim future for the entire segment. Given [Read more…]
Segments shrinks by a fifth and ends 2017 at the bottom of the mainstream heap
Sales in the US minicar segment fell by 9.6% to 22,199 in the fourth quarter of 2017. This makes it the third quarter in a row that sales in the segment have declined, although the rate of decline was considerably slower than in either Q2 or Q3, when the segment shrunk by 43% and 27%, respectively. Overall, the segment shrunk by 20.0% in 2017, the [Read more…]
The collapse of the Minicar segment continues
After briefly returning to growth in the first quarter of 2017, the minicar segment in the United States fell back into the red in the second quarter of this year, and firmly remained there in the third quarter, even if the 36% fall in sales in Q3 was slightly less bad than the 47% drop recorded in Q2. All in all, sales in the minicar segment were only 63,023 over the first three quarters of 2017, down from 90,095 in 2016, which is roughly how many Toyota RAV4s are sold in a month and a half!
Minicar segment collapsed in the second quarter of 2017, with only Mitsubishi Mirage recording YTD sales gains
After briefly returning to growth in the first quarter of 2017, the Minicar segment in the United States fell back into the red in the second quarter of this year. And what a fall it was – sales fell by almost a half compared to Q2’16, to only 19,019 units, the largest fall from among all segments by a wide margin.
The Minicar segment in the United States has returned to growth in 2017 after an abysmal 2016 when sales dipped with double digits. In the first quarter of 2017, sales of North America’s smallest vehicles grew by 8.5% to 27,388 units. Fueling this increased demand were the new generation Chevrolet Spark and the facelift of the Mitsubishi Mirage, which have now taken over the first two spots of the segment podium, knocking the former leader Mini Cooper down to third. The Fiat 500 appears to have hit rock bottom and slightly recovers this year
The minicar segment in the United States is hurt badly by the low gasoline prices, with sales down 21.6% in the first three quarters of 2016, with not a single model improving on last year. Now that we have more detailed data for the Mini brand, we can better compare the models in this segment, as for example the Mini Clubman station wagon really can’t be called a minicar anymore, let alone that it would be cross-shopped with the Chevrolet Spark. The Mini data in this table consist of the Hardtop 2-door and 4-door and the Convertible. Sales of those three models combined showed a drop of 34% compared to the first three quarters of 2015, which means that there’s a new segment leader: the Chevrolet Spark.