Small Car Sales In Canada – March 2014 YTD


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Although their leader is selling at an increasingly rapid rate, compact cars are selling less and less often in Canada. Through the first three months of 2014, the compact segment led by Honda’s Civic is down 4.5%. Subcompact cars, led by the slowly-improving Hyundai Accent, are down 2.2% in 2014.

Honda Canada is on pace to sell more than 70,000 Civics for the first time since 2008. One would assume it would be difficult for the Civic to grab more market share with a refreshed Volkswagen Jetta arriving for the 2015 model year, facelifted Chevrolet Cruzes and Ford Focuses likewise debuting for MY2015, and the still-fresh, all-new 2014 Mazda 3. But the Civic is generating more extra sales compared with 2013’s Q1 than the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra is losing. 

At least in the present, Honda Canada isn’t worried about the 3, a car many would argue is best-in-class. 3 sales are dropping, not rising.

Civic sales are increasing alongside an increasingly less common Accord. Honda has sold an extra 1120 Civics so far this year, but 278 fewer Accords. In March, Accord sales dropped by 67 units; Civic sales increased by 14 units.

Canada small car sales chart March 2014
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Honda’s control in the subcompact category is not what you’d actually call control. Fit sales are rising in advance of the new 2015’s arrival, but only 8.4% of the subcompact cars sold in Canada are Hondas. So far this year, the Fit ranks seventh in the category. The Accord leads all midsize cars. 

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, subcompacts, city cars, warm hatches, and urban 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 • March 2015 • April 2014 • February 2014March 2013

Compact
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
256
284 -9.9% 482 653 -26.2%
615
437 40.7% 1137 948 19.9%
3846
2571 49.6% 6916 6579 5.1%
406
1041 -61.0% 1740 1998 -12.9%
1722
1946 -11.5% 3900 4734 -17.6%
6021
6007 0.2% 12,407 11,287 9.9%
4361
4844 -10.0% 10,373 11,337 -8.5%
1006
545 84.6% 2280 1605 42.1%
3663
4848 -24.4% 8286 8851 -6.4%
604
787 -23.3% 1398 1725 -19.0%
1421
1485 -4.3% 3148 3162 -0.4%
785
844 -7.0% 1942 1854 4.7%
116 -100% 414 -100%
4321
3158 36.8% 9162 7881 16.3%
631
948 -33.4% 1359 2242 -39.4%
188
1190 -84.2% 719 2497 -71.2%
2207
3001 -26.5% 6179 7024 -12.0%
Total
32,053
34,052 -5.9% 71,428 74,791 -4.5%

Subcompact
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
808
886 -8.8% 1576 2146 -26.6%
469
537 -12.7% 1564 1618 -3.3%
787
631 24.7% 1455 1357 7.2%
1906
1835 3.9% 3885 3764 3.2%
1032
1820 -43.3% 2657 3565 -25.5%
222
687 -67.7% 506 1655 -69.4%
233
799
1546
742 108% 2991 1924 55.5%
161
233 -30.9% 401 477 -15.9%
716
591 21.2% 1484 1197 24.0%
Total
7880
7962 -1.0% 17,318 17,703 -2.2%

City Car
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
172
155 11.0% 629 782 -19.6%
12
26 -53.8% 24 35 -31.4%
28
61 -54.1% 93 152 -38.8%
320
111 188% 458 205 123%
Total
532
353 50.7% 1204 1174 2.6%

Sporty Hatchbacks
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
577
855 -32.5% 1379 1594 -13.5%
292
403 -27.5% 619 941 -34.2%
223
374 -40.4% 358 669 -46.5%
87
102 -14.7% 182 211 -13.7%
144
234 -38.5% 356 449 -20.7%
Total
1323
1968 -32.8% 2894 3864 -25.1%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
% Change
390
195 100% 1264 219 477%
729
643 13.4% 1448 1231 17.6%
3 -100%
376
568
776
596 30.2% 1819 1331 36.7%
301
363 -17.1% 693 742 -6.6%
145
115 26.1% 412 36 12.6%
434
732 -40.7% 1224 1889 -35.2%
3
19 -84.2% 11 50 -78.0%
382
360 6.1% 811 785 3.3%
50
62 -19.4% 131 148 -11.5%
24
32 -25.0% 72 78 -7.7%
611
473 29.2% 1349 1247 8.2%
Total
4221
3590 17.6% 9802 7759 26.3%

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.

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