Small Car Sales In Canada – December 2014 And 2014 Year End


2014 Nissan Micra

In a stagnant passenger car market, subcompacts and even smaller cars represented a growth market in Canada in 2014.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2014 Year End
• Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – December & 2014 Year End

Canada small car sales chart 2014
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Compact car sales, for example, declined 1% in 2014 despite increases from the category’s best-selling car (Canada’s best-selling car overall, the Honda Civic), and the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth-best-selling cars in the country. So great were the declines reported by the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Toyota Matrix – and the loss of the Suzuki SX4 – that the compact car category declined, as a whole.

But subcompact volume, powered by the perennially best-selling Hyundai Accent and its best sales in four years, jumped 4% to 93,780 units. In other words, subcompacts accounted for 12% of the new cars sold in Canada in 2014, up from 11.6% in 2013.

Moreover, subcompact cars may have been slowed by the arrival of a new high-volume city car, the Nissan Micra. The Micra swallowed up 7815 sales, many of which may have otherwise gone to the Nissan Versa Note, or its prime competitor, the Mitsubishi Mirage. The Micra and Mirage combined for 11,863 sales in 2014, more than the Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2 combined.

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 • December 2015 • January 2015 • November 2014December 2013

Compact
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013

Change
163
202 -19.3% 2752 3192 -13.8%
347
208 66.8% 7161 5573 28.5%
2594
2483 4.5% 34,421 33,184 3.7%
325
373 -12.9% 7623 9870 -22.8%
1426
1043 36.7% 22,392 25,781 -13.1%
4031
3412 18.1% 66,057 64,063 3.1%
2641
2789 -5.3% 50,420 54,760 -7.9%
588
526 11.8% 11,867 11,400 4.1%
2156
2763 -22.0% 40,974 40,466 1.3%
361
311 16.1% 6623 7404 -10.5%
949
862 10.1% 15,021 14,407 4.3%
714
613 16.5% 10,157 9911 2.5%
74 -100% 1557 -100%
2409
2442 -1.4% 48,881 44,449 10.0%
215
377 -43.0% 7130 10,689 -33.3%
1246
792 57.3% 12,184 11,871 2.6%
1717
1558 10.2% 31,042 30,413 2.1%
Total
21,882
20,828 5.1% 374,705 378,990 -1.1%

Subcompact
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
655
386 69.7% 8036 9400 -14.5%
630
378 66.7% 9312 9851 -5.5%
898
1909 -53.0% 11,732 9512 23.3%
1399
661 112% 23,173 18,884 22.7%
506
506 0.0% 14,458 15,601 -7.3%
147
246 -40.2% 2449 4072 -39.9%
611
870 -29.8% 13,314 12,297 8.3%
160
101 58.4% 2776 2816 -1.4%
361
317 13.9% 8530 7632 11.8%
Total
5367
5374 -0.1% 93,780 90,065 4.1%

City Car
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
27
162 -83.3% 1577 2550 -38.2%
271
117 132% 4048 614 559%
828
0.0% 7815 0.0%
9
20 -55.0% 315 493 -36.1%
205
164 25.0% 2550 2237 14.0%
Total
1340
463 189% 16,305 5894 177%

Warm Hatches
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
228
257 -11.3% 5566 6811 -18.3%
109
285 -61.8% 3444 4704 -26.8%
360
375 -4.0% 3365 3946 -14.7%
48
79 -39.2% 1179 1485 -20.6%
153
200 -23.5% 2044 2399 -14.8%
Total
898
1196 -24.9% 15,598 19,345 -19.4%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2014
December
2013
%
Change
2014
2013
%
Change
647
292 122% 5683 3550 60.1%
470
468 0.4% 8533 7013 21.7%
0.0% 7 -100%
203
56 263% 2461 899 174%
614
291 111% 9944 7618 30.5%
181
200 -9.5% 2695 3207 -16.0%
95
249 -61.8% 2018 2067 -2.4%
429
419 2.4% 6594 7653 -13.8%
6 -100% 15 183 -91.8%
178
269 -33.8% 3641 4077 -10.7%
35
31 12.9% 651 808 -19.4%
5
17 -70.6% 258 367 -29.7%
349
462 -24.5% 6922 6115 13.2%
Total
3206
2760 16.2% 49,415 43,564 13.4%

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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Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – December 2014 & Year End
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December & 2014 Year End

  • RMN

    Dodge Brand is missing from this chart

  • Azaraith

    "Are potential FR-S buyers turned off by the low-torque four-cylinder engine?"

    Yes. If there's any reason I'd not consider the FR-S, that's it. A light and nimble vehicle is fun in Auto-X, but if it feels lifeless in day-to-day driving, which is what it's gonna be doing 98.7% of the time, it's not going to be much fun for me. Exacerbated in my case by Texas' straight roads that minimize the curves that could make it fun and maximize the straights where its weakness really shows.

    My motorcycle makes the same amount of horsepower as an FR-S… Which is mental in a bike that weighs 440lbs, but not so mental when you add 2,300lbs to the mix. My bike wouldn't be all that fast pulling a 1-ton trailer behind it.

  • JBM

    Wonderful chart! Very helpful! Only thing I noticed, was that the Scion brand appears to be missing.

  • Scion is under Mitsubishi, above Volvo.

  • jaimus21

    i would be curious to know if this is jsut for the FRS or also includes the BRZ. i know i don't see a ton of either on the road, but the BRZ's seem more prevalent and when i was purchasing, i didnt even consider the FRS…

  • Brent

    "Would General Motors seriously consider building the Code 130R after seeing the rate at which FR-S volume dries up? Will Nissan bosses follow through on building the IDx in the long-term after taking a look at the FR-S’s consistent decline? Can Kia commit to an affordable GT4 Stinger with FR-S volume falling to new lows?

    The answer
    to all those questions could be, “Yes!”, if product planners determine
    that the FR-S’s steady decline relates to factors beyond the car’s core
    format."

    Not to be a downer… but how about you review the numbers you just listed for the FRS/BRZ sales and then split that between the Code 130R, IDx, and GT4.. Each one of those cars are going to steal sales from the FRZ/BRZ effectively killing off each other.

    Look at the sale numbers the camaro/mustang are churning out now then compare those numbers to right before the Camaro was discontinued back in 2002. They sell about half of what they do now compared to back what they sold then.

    End of the day, sport coupes have lost their popularity and there isn't much room for a niche sport coupe.

  • NormT

    Daily driving and merging, the FRS twins are just too slow when the 4-door next to punches it at the same time.

    What scca class does this car compete in, c-stock?

  • Marcello Caetano

    where's the Rolls Royce?

  • Read the fine print.

  • Marcello Caetano

    thank you very much!