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

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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

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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

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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.

America's 37 Best-Selling American Cars In America In 2016, In America

U.S. sales of passenger cars declined 9% in 2016, year-over-year, as SUVs and crossovers and pickup trucks and vans boosted the overall U.S. auto industry to all-time record sales of more than 17.5 million units.


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At traditional U.S. brands, however – Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Tesla – U.S. sales of passenger cars plunged 13%. 

Among the 37 nameplates collecting sales for those marques over the course of the 2016 calendar year, including defunct nameplates such as the Dodge Avenger and all-new entries such as the Lincoln Continental and Chevrolet Bolt, only seven established models generated more sales activity in 2016 than in 2015.

Top 15 Best-Selling Luxury Vehicles In Canada - 2016 Year End

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Canada's top-selling premium brand vehicle in 2016 despite selling slightly less often last year than in 2015. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - 2016 Year End


The C-Class finished the year 1641 sales ahead of the second-ranked Audi Q5, 2502 sales ahead of the second-ranked car, BMW's 3-Series, and 2673 sales ahead of the next-best-selling Mercedes-Benz, the GLE.