Small Car Sales In Canada – May 2014 YTD


2014 Nissan Micra

One would believe that for Canada’s auto industry to report best-ever sales volume, the country’s best-selling vehicle category would have to achieve impressive growth.

But that didn’t happen in May 2014. Oh, the former part occurred. Canadian auto sales reached record-high levels in May, but compact car sales were down 3.4%.

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

Canada small car sales chart May 2014
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You might also believe that if the segment leaders, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, can post significantly higher sales than they did one year earlier, that the segment would follow. Instead, it’s abundantly obvious that the Corolla’s 11% jump to 6107 units and the Civic’s 18% jump to 7185 came about because the pair was able to steal sales from rival compacts, not including the Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta. 

Jointly, those six cars, all of which generated at least 1159 sales, were up by 3135 units, a 13.6% improvement. And yet segment-wide subcompact volume was down by 1460 units. 

The good news? At Nissan, for example, where Sentra volume was down 24%, the company reported a 54% increase in Versa sales and 877 sales of the new Micra. While Elantra sales are falling at Hyundai, Accent sales are rising. Focus sales are down 14% this year; Fiesta sales are up 11%. 

A couple changes in May’s rankings: we’ve pushed the Mitsubishi Mirage from the subcompact co city car category where it’s in line with the new Nissan Micra. Also, we’ve removed the Mitsubishi i MiEV from the city car section, where it didn’t really compete with any of the cars, to display it with other hybrids and electrics in the midsize post, where it doesn’t really compete with any of the 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 small cars of all kinds 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 2014 • May 2013

Compact
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD

Change
366
488 -25.0% 1149 1439 -20.2%
818
603 35.7% 2679 2380 12.6%
3760
3597 4.5% 14,576 13,440 8.5%
941
1134 -17.0% 3298 4213 -21.7%
2435
3264 -25.4% 9212 10,755 -14.3%
7185
6097 17.8% 24,235 22,808 6.3%
5628
6268 -10.2% 20,682 23,140 -10.6%
1168
1867 -37.4% 4654 4730 -1.6%
4603
4002 15.0% 17,128 16,134 6.2%
578
1083 -46.6% 2637 3741 -29.5%
1303
1716 -24.1% 5651 6311 -10.5%
1159
1040 11.4% 4189 3944 6.2%
169 -100% 750 -100%
6107
5497 11.1% 20,889 18,032 15.8%
900
1469 -38.7% 3060 5135 -40.4%
562
1233 -54.4% 1534 5019 -69.4%
3412
2858 19.4% 13,352 12,696 5.2%
Total
40,925
42,385 -3.4% 148,925 154,667 -3.7%

Subcompact
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
1021
1093 -6.6% 3799 4221 -10.0%
1233
1037 18.9% 3896 3524 10.6%
1773
809 119% 4863 2917 66.7%
2704
2294 17.9% 8972 8129 10.4%
1729
1779 -2.8% 6266 7134 -12.2%
181
301 -39.9% 1041 2219 -53.1%
1503
973 54.5% 6318 3670 72.2%
452
396 14.1% 1143 1128 1.3%
1089
1088 0.1% 3445 3017 14.2%
Total
11,685
9770 19.6% 39,743 35,959 10.5%

City Car
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
81
138 -41.3% 865 1105 -21.7%
286
1662
877
1078
53
34 55.9% 202 235 -14.0%
146
139 5.0% 706 458 54.1%
Total
1443
311 364% 4513 1798 151%

Sporty Hatchbacks
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
676
801 -15.6% 2683 3220 -11.1%
387
370 4.6% 1514 1745 -13.2%
288
432 -33.3% 918 1490 -38.4%
176
162 8.6% 492 515 -4.5%
365
362 0.8% 1009 1204 -16.2%
Total
1892
2127 -11.0% 6616 8174 -19.1%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
May
2014
May
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
458
213 115 2203 1107 99.0%
840
590 42.4% 3143 2729 15.2%
7 -100%
342
1360
749
725 3.3% 3608 2782 29.7%
222
213 4.2% 1114 1255 -11.2%
172
137 25.5% 732 614 19.2%
606
723 -16.2% 2443 3510 -30.4%
1
26 -96.2% 13 87 -85.1%
420
408 2.9% 1708 1614 5.8%
75
106 -29.2% 278 335 -17.0%
49
54 -9.3% 144 168 -14.3%
740
527 40.4% 2829 2282 24.0%
Total
4674
3722 25.6% 19,575 16,490 18.7%

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.

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