Small Car Sales In Canada – December 2013 And 2013 Year End


2014 Ford Focus red hatchback
Combined, Ford Focus And Fiesta Sales Were Down 10% In
Canada In 2013, A Loss Of 4121 Units, Yet Ford Canada Had Its
Best Year Since 1997. Thank The F-Series, Escape, And Fusion.

The Honda Civic was the best-selling small car in Canada in 2013 and, as a result, was Canada’s most popular car overall. This marks the 16th such year in a row. 

A rough December – both for the Civic and the compact segment – means 2013 wasn’t such a wonderful year: Civic sales fell 49% in December, compact sales fell 17%, and Civic sales were down slightly for the year while compact sales grew just 3%. 

Canada small car sales chart 2013
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On the flip side, subcompacts were driven forward by a Honda product in December. The outgoing Fit reported a quintupling of sales last month; a doubling of sales in 2013. 

Yet subcompact sales fell 2.5% in 2013 despite the Fit’s ascent, despite some additional sales from the Mitsubishi Mirage, despite growth from the Chevrolet Sonic and Kia Rio, Canada’s second-best-selling subcompact.

Overall, however, 2013 was a record year for new automobile sales. And while overall new passenger car sales had little to do with the record volume, numerous new cars had an impact. 

Chevrolet contributed with 2144 extra Spark sales. Dodge sold 6410 more Darts in 2013 than in 2012. After a brief lull in the early part of 2012, Mercedes-Benz sold 2753 more B-Class hatchbacks in 2013 than in the year before.

Major players nevertheless remained major players. The Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, and Chevrolet Cruze were Canada’s five top-selling compacts in 2013, just as they were in 2012. Together, they generated 13.6% of the Canadian auto industry’s volume, right on par with their contribution in 2012.

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 compact cars, subcompact cars, city cars, sporting hatchbacks, 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 • December 2014 • January 2014 • November 2013December 2012

Compact
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012

Change
202
409 -50.6% 3192 2259 41.3%
208
280 -25.7% 5573 5084 9.6%
2483
1986 25.0% 33,184 32,629 1.7%
373
849 -56.1% 9870 3460 185%
1043
1435 -27.3% 25,781 27,936 -7.7%
3412
6666 -48.8% 64,063 64,962 -1.4%
2789
3182 -12.4% 54,760 50,950 7.5%
526
440 19.5% 11,400 14,856 -23.3%
2763
1655 66.9% 40,466 39,295 3.0%
311
744 -58.2% 7404 7519 -1.5%
862
944 -8.7% 14,407 11,008 30.9%
613
877 -30.1% 9911 11,212 -11.6%
74
146 -49.3% 1557 2963 -47.5%
2442
2371 3.0% 44,449 40,906 8.7%
377
574 -34.3% 10,689 12,982 -17.7%
792
626 26.5% 11,871 13,298 -10.7%
1558
1973 -21.0% 30,413 26,904 13.0%
Total
20,828
25,157 -17.2% 378,990 368,223 2.9%

Subcompact
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
95 -100%
386
445 -13.3% 9400 8968 4.8%
378
473 -20.1% 9851 11,817 -16.6%
1909
357 435% 9512 4736 101%
661
696 -5.0% 18,884 22,581 -16.4%
506
889 -43.1% 15,601 13,949 11.8%
246
136 80.9% 4072 4935 -17.5%
117
614
870
397 119% 12,297 12,476 -1.4%
101
179 -43.6% 2816 2530 11.3%
317
570 -44.4% 7633 10,955 -30.3%
Total
5491
4142 32.6% 90,680 93,042 -2.5%

City Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
162
56 189% 2550 406 528%
2
13 -84.6% 168 196 -14.3%
20
78 -74.4% 493 1045 -52.8%
164
200 -18.0% 2237 2387 -6.3%
Total
348
347 0.3% 5448 4034 35.1%

Sporty Hatchbacks
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
257
449 -42.8% 6811 8474 -19.6%
285
353 -19.3% 4704 5741 -18.1%
375
290 29.3% 3946 4574 -13.7%
79
83 -4.8% 1485 1508 -1.5%
200
92 117% 2399 1984 20.9%
Total
1196
1267 -5.6% 19,345 22,281 -13.2%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
YTD
% Change
292
3550
6 173 -96.5%
468
27 1633% 7013 27 25,874%
2 -100% 7 282 -97.5%
56
899
291
371 -21.6% 7618 7560 0.8%
200
325 -38.5% 3207 454 606%
249
177 40.7% 2067 1731 19.4%
419
398 5.3% 7653 6334 20.8%
6
12 -50.0% 183 318 -42.5%
269
189 42.3% 4077 3738 9.1%
31
74 -58.1% 808 1086 -25.6%
17
49 -65.3% 367 674 -45.5%
462
386 19.7% 6115 2005 205%
Total
2760
2010 37.3% 43,570 24,382 78.7%

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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