Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December 2015 And 2015 Year End


2015 Toyota Camry XSE red

Canadian sales of midsize cars plunged 8% in calendar year 2015, a loss of nearly 10,000 sales as overall Canadian car volume tumbled 6%.

For the first time since 2012, the leader of the pack was not the Ford Fusion but rather the Toyota Camry, sales of which increased 5% in calendar year 2015; sales of which fell 41% over the final one-sixth of the year.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End

The overwhelming majority of midsize candidates suffered the same plight as the Fusion. The Chrysler 200, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, and Volkswagen Passat all sold less often in 2015 than they did in 2014.

The new Subaru Legacy stood out from the pack with an 11% increase, though Legacy sales dipped at the end of the year and overall volume remained low. 

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Canada midsize car sales chart 2015 year end
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Similarly, the aging Chevrolet Malibu stood out from the pack with a 12% increase, but GM Canada created this higher-than-expected Malibu volume with massive discounts which caused their intermediate car to be priced like a compact. The new Malibu, for MY2016, shouldn’t be priced so attractively and may not sell as well even though it’ll be a vastly improved car. 

But it was the Camry, with 16% market share and 16,805 sales in total, that ruled the day. South of the border, the Camry was the best-selling car overall for a 14th consecutive year. Americans registered nine times more new vehicles than Canadians in 2015, but Camry sales in the U.S. were 26 times stronger. You get the idea: Americans are still far more interested in conventional family cars than we are. This segment accounted for 13.7% of the new vehicles sold in America in 2015. In Canada, midsize cars generated just 5.6% of the auto industry’s volume, down from 6.3% a year ago, and 7.5% in 2013.

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 • December 2016 • January 2016 • November 2015December 2014

Midsize Car
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
51
69 -26.1% 968 816 18.6%
391
976 -59.9% 9203 8246 11.6%
623
855 -27.1% 10,961 11,655 -6.0%
8 488 -98.4%
1035
1731 -40.2% 15,781 18,472 -14.6%
1035
1031 0.4% 14,465 16,962 -14.7%
507
550 -7.8% 13,497 13,645 -1.1%
455
233 95.3% 6210 7408 -16.2%
151
146 3.4% 2703 3023 -10.6%
851
627 35.7% 7293 9475 -23.0%
229
276 -17.0% 3258 2924 11.4%
672
1159 -42.0% 16,805 16,029 4.8%
366
462 -20.8% 5838 7520 -22.4%
Total
6366
8115 -21.5% 106,990 116,663 -8.3%

Hybrids & Electrics
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
220
62 255% 1463 1521 -3.8%
54
129 -58.1% 721 1411 -48.9%
11
7 57.1% 121 109 11.0%
122
64 90.6% 1233 1085 13.6%
98 90 8.9% 1624 1895 -14.3%
185
79 134% 2497 2292 8.9%
Total
690
431 60.1% 7659 8313 -7.9%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
94 -100% 294 962 -69.4%
746
854 -12.6% 9992 8688 15.0%
358
346 3.5% 6129 7610 -19.5%
Total
1104
1294 -14.7% 16,415 17,260 -4.9%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* 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. 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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