Small Car Sales In Canada – May 2015 YTD


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Honda Canada sold more Civics in May 2015 than at any time since March 2011 and therefore grew the car’s lead as Canada’s best-selling car to 3138 units heading into June.

The Civic accounted for nearly 9%, nearly three-quarters of Honda car sales, and 47% of overall Honda brand sales.

Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD
Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – May 2015 YTD

But even with the Civic’s growth – and the Volkswagen Golf’s massive surge – Canadian compact car sales slid 2% in May 2015 and are down 3% so far this year. 

Canada small car sales chart May 2015
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Subcompact car sales have taken an even harder hit. Sales of the Hyundai Accent-led subcompact category plunged 25% in May 2015, and the Accent was the only subcompact to post a year-over-year Canadian sales improvement. 

Canadians are, of course, buying small cars. But many of those small cars are now called crossovers. Because the Mazda CX-3, for example, is slightly elevated, offers all-wheel-drive, and has black strips around its wheelwells, it’s not a car nor does it appeal to the same buyer as the Mazda 2. In its first (abbreviated) month on the market, Mazda sold 717 CX-3s. The Mazda 2 hasn’t sold that well since February 2012.

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 2016 • June 2015 • April 2015 • May 2014

Compact
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
257
366 -29.8% 940 1149 -18.2%
587
818 -28.2% 2266 2679 -15.4%
3718
3760 -1.1% 12,928 14,576 -11.3%
453
941 -51.9% 1759 3298 -46.7%
2618
2435 7.5% 8224 9212 -10.7%
7467
7185 3.9% 23,559 24,235 -2.8%
4733
5628 -15.9% 19,025 20,682 -8.0%
2226
1168 90.6% 5155 4654 10.8%
3381
4603 -26.5% 14,991 17,128 -12.5%
711
578 23.0% 2354 2637 -10.7%
1596
1303 22.5% 6394 5651 13.1%
1344
1159 16.0% 4804 4189 14.7%
5938
6107 -2.8% 20,421 20,889 -2.2%
900 -100% 295 3060 -90.4%
2021
562 260% 8567 1534 458%
3043
3412 -10.8% 12,480 13,352 -6.5%
Total
40,093
40,925 -2.0% 144,162 148,925 -3.2%

Subcompact
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
721
1021 -29.4% 2748 3799 -27.7%
596
1233 -51.7% 1904 3896 -51.1%
1074
1773 -39.4% 4756 4863 -2.2%
2804
2704 3.7% 8335 8972 -7.1%
1043
1729 -39.7% 4460 6266 -28.8%
105
181 -42.0% 532 1041 -48.9%
1031
1503 -31.4% 3985 6318 -36.9%
336
452 -25.7% 1399 1143 22.4%
1069
1089 -1.8% 3409 3445 -1.0%
Total
8779
11,685 -24.9% 31,528 39,743 -20.7%

City Car
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
365
81 351% 633 865 -26.8%
326
286 14.0% 1607 1662 -3.3%
1278
877 45.7% 4968 1078 361%
29
53 -45.3% 101 202 -50.0%
116
146 -20.5% 307 706 -56.5%
Total
2114
1443 46.5% 7616 4513 68.8%

Warm Hatches
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
503
676 -25.6% 1367 2863 -52.3%
419
387 8.3% 1494 1514 -1.3%
685
308 122% 2123 999 113%
127
176 -27.8% 463 492 -5.9%
327
365 -10.4% 1178 1009 16.7%
Total
2061
1912 7.8% 6625 6877 -3.7%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
May
2015
May
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
450
458 -1.7% 1741 2203 -21.0%
806
840 -4.0% 2603 3143 -17.2%
712
342 108% 1569 1360 15.4%
4
4
1074
749 43.4% 4686 3608 29.9%
717
717
250
222 12.6% 913 1114 -18.0%
129
152 -15.1% 426 651 -34.6%
577
606 -4.8% 2099 2443 -14.1%
1 -100% 2 13 -84.6%
486
420 15.7% 1894 1708 10.9%
129
75 72.0% 495 278 78.1%
49 27 144 -81.3%
893
740 20.7% 3226 2829 14.0%
Total
6227
4654 33.8% 20,402 19,494 4.7%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* 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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