Midsize Car Sales In Canada – May 2014 YTD


2014 Ford Fusion red

Canadian sales of midsize cars slid 23% in May 2014, a record-high month for overall auto sales. If that doesn’t say something about the turn away from cars toward crossovers, very little will.

The Subaru Legacy and Volkswagen Passat were the only cars in the midsize field to avoid recording year-over-year declines. In February, the Passat was the only midsize car capable of selling more often than it had the year before. In March, every midsize car except the Legacy and Toyota Camry recorded year-over-year decreases. In April, only the Honda Accord, Legacy, and Passat reported increases. 

• All 249 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD Canadian Sales
• All 142 Cars Ranked By May 2014 YTD Canadian Sales

Canada midsize car sales chart May 2014
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Kia reported a big uptick in Optima volume in May 2014, but only after a 56% year-over-year drop in May 2013. May 2014 sales were still down compared with May 2012. 

Likewise, although Mazda Canada was able to report their first year-over-year 6 sales increase since last May, this went down as the third consecutive sub-400-unit May after a 48% drop to 453 sales in May 2011. 

Subaru Legacy sales increased yet again in May 2014, the third consecutive increase for the all-wheel-drive Legacy, but its increases, like those of the Buick Regal, are so small as to be lost in the shuffle.

For the most part, midsize cars are selling less and less often in Canada than the very same cars were one year earlier. The Passat’s 302-unit (and the Legacy’s 222-unit) improvements over the last five months stand out, yet they’re a relatively insignificant increase in comparison to the 14,000 sales lost by their rivals. The Ford Fusion continues as Canada’s best-selling midsize car, but sales are down 19% in 2014. 

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 • May 2015 • June 2014 • April 2014May 2013

Midsize Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2013
YTD
2012
YTD
%
Change
72
53 35.8% 294 347 -15.3%
655
1113 -41.2% 2615 3891 -32.8%
986
1551 -36.4% 3370 5681 -40.7%
52
1244 -95.8% 419 3907 -89.3%
1977
2376 -16.8% 7404 9110 -18.7%
1888
1902 -0.7% 7266 7366 -1.4%
711
1812 -60.8% 4115 6369 -35.4%
1340
649 106% 3629 4353 -16.6%
381
335 13.7% 1315 2455 -46.4%
780
840 -7.1% 3503 4182 -16.2%
213
203 4.9% 979 757 29.3%
27 -100% 106 -100%
1959
2416 -18.9% 6562 7471 -12.2%
855
866 -1.3% 3362 3060 9.9%
Total
11,869
15,387 -22.9% 44,833 59,055 -24.1%

Hybrids & Electrics
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
177
77 130% 668 318 110%
135
112 20.5% 567 677 -16.2%
3 -100% 48 -100%
8
22 -63.6% 42 81 -48.1%
101
31 226% 358 235 52.3%
199
262 -24.0% 818 1009 -18.9%
189
240 -21.3% 776 879 -11.7%
10
22 -54.5% 42 130 -67.7%
238
260 -8.5% 964 1087 -11.3%
Total
858
767 11.9% 3417 3455 -1.1%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
93
97 -4.1% 336 521 -35.5%
657
569 15.5% 2808 2454 14.4%
945
1012 -6.6% 3367 3877 -13.2%
Total
1695
1678 1.0% 6511 6852 -5.0%

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.

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