May sales were mostly good for automakers — very good in some cases and record setting for others. Americans are back to buying new cars and at a near-record pace. One new segment that car companies are betting on to attract shoppers is the subcompact SUV. Nearly every non-luxury brand has one on sale or is planning one in the future.
In the middle of May, Honda’s all-new HR-V went on sale nationwide. Cars.com tracked it as the fastest-selling car in May, taking just six days to sell from the time it arrived at a dealership until the paperwork was complete. Today, Honda announced it sold an impressive 6,381 HR-Vs in those few weeks.
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That sales number bests those of the all-new Jeep Renegade. It totaled 4,416 units in May — even with a full month of sales. The Renegade took just 27 days to sell; the industry average was 57 days.
Chevrolet’s Trax has been on sale longer than the HR-V or Renegade, but it’s still relatively new and sold 5,707 units in May. Buick’s Encore shares a platform with the Trax and sold 5,400 units of its own.