Midsize Car Sales In Canada - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

2016 Chevrolet Malibu white
2016 will not go down in Canada as the year of the midsize sedan.

It will go down as yet another year of rapid midsize sedan sales decline. 

Canadian sales of midsize cars fell 11% in 2014. Then, compared with 2014's already lower levels, midsize car sales fell 8% in 2015. Them, compared with 107,000 midsize cars sold in Canada in 2015, sales fell 11% in 2016, a loss of more than 11,000 sales across the segment.




Nearly every contender, including the top-selling Toyota Camry – which claimed best-selling midsize car status for a second consecutive year and the third time in six years – reported fewer sales in calendar year 2016 than in the twelve months of 2015. 

Small Car Sales In Canada - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

2017 Honda Civic hatchback blue
Canadian sales of compact cars slid 7% in 2016 as even the top-selling car – Honda's Civic, the best-selling car in Canada in 19 consecutive years – posted a sales loss in the first year of its all-new tenth-gen iteration.




Civic market share increased, of course, as its rate of decline was far less severe than the rate of decline across the category. The sentiment is the same with the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra (up 2%) and third-ranked Toyota Corolla (down 3%.) But the Mazda 3, Chevrolet Cruze, and Volkswagen Jetta combined to lose 19,000 sales.

Large Car Sales In Canada - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

2016 Dodge Charger black
Two Canadian-built, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles full-size sedans were Canada's two best-selling full-size volume brand sedans in 2016.




Canadian sales of the top-selling Dodge Charger and second-ranked Chrysler 300 declined 17% in 2016, a far faster rate of decline than the segment at large. (Their competitors were down only 7%.) But with all but one challenger falling to some degree, as well, the FCA twins conquered the category.

2016 Year End Canada SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 101 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada - Every SUV Ranked

2016 Ford Edge red
SUVs and crossovers accounted for precisely 40% of all new vehicles sold in Canada in 2016. As the Canadian auto industry reported record new vehicle sales for a fourth consecutive year, much of the credit belongs to this category. 

Led by the Toyota RAV4, SUVs/crossovers added 71,000 sales in 2016, year-over-year, for an industry that grew by 50,000 sales. The RAV4 alone was up by 6857 units, a 16% gain that far outpaced the segment's 10% growth rate.




2016 was the RAV4's first ever annual sales victory in the SUV/crossover sector in Canada. Helped along by the second-ranked Ford Escape's 2% drop, the RAV4 outsold the usual Ford leader by roughly 204 units per month. 

2016 Year End Canada Passenger Car Sales Rankings - Top 145 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - Every Car Ranked

2017 Audi A4 silver
The Honda Civic was Canada's best-selling car in 2016, the 19th consecutive year of passenger car leadership for the Civic. 

Despite arriving in newly launched tenth-gen form, despite the addition of a helpful hatchback bodystyle at the end of the year, Civic sales slid 1% in 2016.


Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - 2016 Year End
Canada Vehicle Sales By Model - 2016 Year End
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - 2016 Year End


Yet the top-selling Honda's share of the car market nevertheless increased as Canadian demand for cars continued to shrink. In 2015, 9.1% of the cars sold in Canada were Honda Civics. In 2016, that figure jumped to 9.8%. 


2016 Year End Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings - Top 283 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada - Every Vehicle Ranked

2017 Bentley Bentayga blue
After record Canadian auto sales were achieved in 2013, and 2014, and 2015, new vehicle sales volume jumped 3% to a new, all-time annual record in calendar year 2016.

Canadian consumers, businesses, and governments purchased and leased 1.95 million new vehicles in 2016, a gain of roughly 50,000 sales for an industry that lost nearly 53,000 passenger car sales.


Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - 2016 Year End
Canada Car Sales By Model - 2016 Year End
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - 2016 Year End


Led by the Ford F-Series pickup truck, Canada's best-selling line of new vehicles for a eighth consecutive year, pickup truck sales jumped 8%, a gain of 27,000 units. SUV/crossover volume jumped 10% to form 40% of the Canadian auto industry's volume. Sales across the sector jumped by more than 71,000 units compared with 2015, as the Toyota RAV4 led all SUVs/crossovers in total sales for the first time ever.


Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicles In Canada - 2016 Year End

2014 Honda Crosstour brown
Discontinued models such as the Honda Crosstour, Scion iQ, Mazda 2, Chevrolet Orlando, and Nissan Xterra fill old versions of GCBC's 20 worst-selling vehicles list. Thus, in 2016, we've added a list of the 20 most rapidly decline volume vehicles; cars and trucks and SUVs that produce an average of at least 250 sales per month. That's a 3000-sale minimum over the course of the calendar year.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


The Ford Fiesta, after nearly seven years on the market, tumbled 45%, year-over-year, to 3093 sales in 2016. This was the fifth consecutive year of decline for the Fiesta. Measured this way, the Ford Fiesta was the worst-selling vehicle in Canada.

Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicles In Canada - December 2016

2016 Chrysler 200
The Nissan Altima's 65% year-over-year tumble in December 2016 was the sharpest drop of any volume car on sale in Canada. The Altima led a group of 20 volume cars – the 20 worst-selling new vehicles in Canada – that included ten cars such as the Chrysler 200, three GM pickup trucks, and seven utility vehicles. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


Canadian auto sales rose to record high levels in 2016, but December volume was down 2%, the fifth decline in the last six months.