Small Car Sales In Canada – November 2013 YTD


2012 Scion iQ
In 24 Months, Toyota Canada Has Sold 1526 Copies Of The Scion iQ.
Over The Last 11 Months, It’s Been Outsold By The Porsche 911,
Mazda MX-5, Volkswagen Eos, Jaguar XF, And The Lexus GS.

The Dodge Dart was Canada’s eighth-best-selling compact car in November 2013. That sounds both terribly unimpressive and really quite impressive at the same time.

In routine fashion, Canada’s seven best-selling cars are – in one order or another – the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, and Ford Focus. More often than not, the eighth-best-selling car in Canada is the best-selling midsize car that month. 

Canada small car sales chart November 2013
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In November, that car was the Toyota Camry, and it was followed by the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion. The eleventh-ranked car, however, was the Dodge Dart, which posted a 63% year-over-year increase to record its best Canadian sales month so far, 19% better than what Chrysler Canada managed in the Dart’s previous best month.

Is eighth place sufficient? A year ago, the Dart ranked eleventh in the category. A month ago, the Dart ranked 13th. It’s worth noting that a sea change would be required for the Dart to routinely crack the top seven, so established is the leading pack. But regularly outselling the Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf, and Mitsubishi Lancer – and doing so with relative ease – would be an attainable goal for the Dart. 

If Chrysler could repeat that in the U.S., the Dart would be showing that Chrysler, by which we kind of mean Fiat, can build a small car. The Dart ranked ninth in the U.S. last month, but the seventh-ranked Sentra sold 80% better than the Dart. In Canada, the seventh-ranked Focus sold just 46% more often than the Dart.

Perhaps we’re reading too much into a one-month performance. In 2013, Honda Canada has sold an average of 5514 Civics per month. Monthly Dart sales average just 863 units, six times less than what Honda manages. (In the U.S., the Civic-to-Dart ratio is 4-to-1.) Dealing with the Civic’s Canadian powers isn’t just an unfortunate mission that’s been bestowed upon the Dart. All compacts competing in Canada are second-tier cars. 

Hyundai’s Elantra was the leader at the halfway point this year, but the Civic has outsold the Elantra by nearly 9000 units over the last five months, an astonishing performance in a market as small as Canada’s.

In other small car news: Smart sold four times as many Fortwos as Scion sold iQs. Subcompact sales jumped 12% thanks to the Sonic, Fit, and Versa. Impreza sales are down 10% this year yet sales of all Impreza-based cars are up 25% in 2013.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian 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 subcompacts, compacts, city cars, and small crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort – November 2014 – December 2013 – October 2013November 2012

Compact
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD

Change
156
363 -57.0% 2990 1850 61.6%
345
425 -18.8% 5365 4804 11.7%
2211
2272 -2.7% 30,701 30,643 0.2%
1347
824 63.5% 9497 2611 264%
1962
2322 -15.5% 24,738 26,501 -6.7%
5701
5061 12.6% 60,651 58,296 4.0%
3605
4107 -12.2% 51,971 47,768 8.8%
899
769 16.9% 10,874 14,416 -24.6%
3679
2752 33.7% 37,703 37,640 0.2%
467
575 -18.8% 7093 6775 4.7%
872
988 -11.7% 13,545 10,064 34.6%
764
844 -9.5% 9298 10,335 -10.0%
52
242 -78.5% 1483 2817 -47.4%
3577
2976 20.2% 42,007 38,535 9.0%
522
749 -30.3% 10,312 12,408 -16.9%
714
878 -18.7% 11,079 12,672 -12.6%
2290
2420 -5.4% 28,855 24,931 15.7%
Total
29,163
28,567 2.1% 358,162 343,066 4.4%

Subcompact
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
95 -100%
712
607 17.3% 9014 8523 5.8%
681
723 -5.8% 9473 11,344 -16.5%
737
375 96.5% 7603 4379 73.6%
1037
1125 -7.8% 18,223 21,885 -16.7%
915
1150 -20.4% 15,095 13,060 15.6%
303
271 11.8% 3826 4799 -20.3%
207
497
1243
711 74.8% 11,427 12,079 -5.4%
133
158 -15.8% 2715 2351 15.5%
575
716 -19.7% 7316 10,385 -29.6%
Total
6543
5836 12.1% 85,189 88,900 -4.2%

City Car
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
153
70 119% 2388 350 582%
11
8 37.5% 166 183 -9.3%
38
78 -51.3% 473 967 -51.1%
165
152 8.6% 2073 2187 -5.2%
Total
367
308 19.2% 5100 3687 38.3%

Sporty Hatchbacks
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
370
422 -12.3% 6554 8025 -18.3%
200
363 -44.9% 4419 5388 -18.0%
273
273 0.0% 3571 4284 -16.6%
108
86 25.6% 1406 1425 -1.3%
116
96 20.8% 2199 1892 16.2%
Total
1067
1240 -14.0% 18,149 21,014 -13.6%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
November
2013
November
2012
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
YTD
% Change
310
3258
3 -100% 6 173 -96.5%
411
6545
7 280 -97.5%
129
843
626
438 42.9% 7327 7189 1.9%
290
127 128% 3007 129 2231%
196
185 5.9% 1818 1554 17.0%
815
485 68.0% 7234 5936 21.9%
6
20 -20.0% 120 114 5.3%
301
256 17.6% 3808 3549 7.3%
54
57 -5.3% 777 1012 -23.2%
24
78 -69.2% 350 625 -44.0%
586
470 24.7% 5653 1619 249%
Total
3748
2119 76.9% 40,753 22,180 83.7%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown.
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small SUVs, too, and the Acura ILX shown with mainstream cars is also displayed with luxury cars… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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