Midsize Car Sales In Canada – January 2014


2014 Volkswagen Passat

Symptomatic of a car market which declined 6%, midsize car sales in Canada fell 27% in January 2014. Nearly every nameplate in the category, save for Subaru’s Legacy and the Volkswagen Passat, reported lower sales last month than they did a year ago. 

Besides the Suzuki Kizashi’s disappearance and resulting 100% drop, the worst decline belonged to the Mazda 6, Canada’s fourth-worst-selling vehicle in January 2014. 

Canada midsize car sales chart January 2014
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The Mazda 6 was recently crowned Canadian Car Of The Year by AJAC and received a glowing review here at GoodCarBadCar, but Canadians don’t want it. Well, a few Canadians want a new Mazda 6, but they’re far fewer in number than the group of Canadians who wanted a new Mazda 6 a year ago. In 2013, Mazda 6 volume fell 64% from 2005 levels. Clearly 2014 is off to a much worse start. 

The best-selling midsize car in Canada in 2013 and during the month of January 2014, the Ford Fusion, outsold the Mazda 6 by an 8-to-1 count last month. But like the 6, Fusion sales slid sharply in January. Sales of the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Malibu, and the likely-soon-to-disappear Dodge Avenger all were more than chopped in half, year-over-year. 

Improvements from the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf weren’t significant enough to help their group of exclusively hybrid/electric nameplates produce year-over-year gains last month, either. Total Toyota Prius sales were down 10% in January; Ford C-Max sales slid 60% to the lowest level since November 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 midsize cars 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 • January 2015 • February 2014 • December 2013January 2013

Midsize Car
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
43
98 -56.1% 43 98 -56.1%
207
498 -58.4% 207 498 -58.4%
643
659 -2.4% 643 659 -2.4%
183
424 -56.8% 183 424 -56.8%
828
1263 -34.4% 828 1263 -34.4%
728
888 -18.0% 728 888 -18.0%
444
804 -44.8% 444 804 -44.8%
508
532 -4.5% 508 532 -4.5%
108
535 -79.8% 108 535 -79.8%
489
499 -2.0% 489 499 -2.0%
128
102 25.5% 128 102 25.5%
23 -100% 23 -100%
650
790 -17.7% 650 790 -17.7%
496
345 43.8% 496 345 43.8%
Total
5455
7460 -26.9% 5455 7460 -26.9%

Midsize Hybrids & Electrics
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
66
44 50.0% 66 44 50.0%
63
158 -60.1% 63 158 -60.1%
17 -100% 17 -100%
41
37 10.8% 41 37 10.8%
113
161 -29.8% 113 161 -29.8%
109
128 -14.8% 109 128 -14.8%
4
33 -87.9% 4 33 -87.9%
156
162 -3.7% 156 162 -3.7%
Total
552
740 -25.4% 552 740 -25.4%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
48
85 -43.5% 48 85 -43.5%
416
438 -5.0% 416 438 -5.0%
493
546 -9.7% 493 546 -9.7%
Total
957
1069 -10.5% 957 1069 -10.5%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
^ Volkswagen Canada combines figures for the Passat and CC.
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too… 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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – January 2015
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – February 2014 YTD
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December 2013 & Year End
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – January 2013
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – January 2014
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2014
Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2014
Large Car Sales In Canada – January 2014

  • Franz K

    Consideration of the Accord Sport would have to happen before choosing this car…which may be just a littel too low to the ground for me….and the redline at peak horsepower?? so only a split second is available if we are lucky? the Accord and Impala would be needed for comparison in my case