Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2014


2014 Ford fiesta hatchback blue

Although Canadian passenger car sales dipped in the always low month of January, many of the cars that were capable of selling better in January 2014 than January 2013 were small.

Canada’s best-selling car, the Honda Civic, led all compacts with 3315 January sales, a 32% year-over-year increase. Compacts were down 2.4% in January 2014, but if we exclude the inordinately dreadful declines from Chevrolet (Cruze sales down 42%) and Ford (Focus sales down 18%), compacts were up 4.2%. Overall, GM car sales were down 35% last month; Ford Canada car sales slid 23%.

Canada small car sales chart January 2014
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With a little help from the Mitsubishi Mirage, subcompact sales grew 3.1% in January 2014. The class-leading Hyundai Accent recorded just its third year-over-year increase in the last 13 months. 

The Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta owned 30.4% of the subcompact segment in their home market in January; just 16.8% in Canada.

The Chevrolet Spark, Smart Fortwo, Scion iQ, and Mitsubishi’s all-electric i MiEV combined for a narrow 12% January increase. The Fiat 500 and four of its little warm hatch rivals were up 8%. The smallest, most car-like crossovers and their front-wheel-drive-only alternatives were up 5%. 

Conversely, midsize cars were down 27% in January. Large cars from these same brands plunged 37%.

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 2013 – January 2013

Compact
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
107
190 -43.7% 107 190 -43.7%
222
226 -1.8% 222 226 -1.8%
1247
2136 -41.6% 1247 2136 -41.6%
919
447 106% 919 447 106%
1110
1358 -18.3% 1110 1358 -18.3%
3315
2503 32.4% 3315 2503 32.4%
2685
2956 -9.2% 2685 2956 -9.2%
548
549 -0.2% 548 549 -0.2%
2287
1658 37.9% 2287 1658 37.9%
378
456 -17.1% 378 456 -17.1%
807
759 6.3% 807 759 6.3%
615
478 28.7% 615 478 28.7%
161 -100% 161 -100%
2210
2465 -10.3% 2210 2465 -10.3%
315
673 -53.2% 315 673 -53.2%
373
673 -44.6% 373 673 -44.6%
1891
1805 4.8% 1891 1805 4.8%
Total
19,029
19,493 -2.4% 19,029 19,493 -2.4%

Subcompact
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
345
601 -42.6% 345 601 -42.6%
381
482 -21.0% 381 482 -21.0%
277
336 -17.6% 277 336 -17.6%
970
755 28.5% 970 755 28.5%
774
800 -3.3% 774 800 -3.3%
137
285 -51.9% 137 285 -51.9%
234
234
719
521 38.0% 719 521 38.0%
116
106 9.4% 116 106 9.4%
375
310 21.0% 375 310 21.0%
Total
4328
4196 3.1% 4328 4196 3.1%

City Car
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
105
87 20.7% 105 87 20.7%
8
4 100% 8 4 100%
35
46 -23.9% 35 46 -23.9%
43
34 26.5% 43 34 26.5%
Total
191
171 11.7% 191 171 11.7%

Sporty Hatchbacks
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
483
328 47.3% 483 328 47.3%
139
219 -36.5% 139 219 -36.5%
62
113 -45.1% 62 113 -45.1%
45
53 -15.1% 45 53 -15.1%
130
86 51.2% 130 86 51.2%
Total
859
799 7.5% 859 799 7.5%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
January
2014
January
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
232
1 23,100% 232 1 23,100%
345
260 32.7% 345 260 32.7%
1 -100% 1 -100%
113
113
346
323 7.1% 346 323 7.1%
191
201 -5.0% 191 201 -5.0%
150
97 54.6% 150 97 54.6%
297
579 -48.7% 297 579 -48.7%
4
13 -69.2% 4 13 -69.2%
196
179 9.5% 196 179 9.5%
36
44 -18.2% 36 44 -18.2%
24
24 0.0% 24 24 0.0%
292
404 -27.7% 292 404 -27.7%
Total
2226
2126 4.7% 2226 2126 4.7%

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. 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.

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