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


2015 Subaru Impreza 5-door white

The Honda Civic was Canada’s best-selling small car in calendar year 2015 and thus the top-selling car in its compact segment for an 18th consecutive year. Civic sales decreased 2% in 2015, a year-over-year decline of 1107 sales for Honda’s Canadian dealers, but most Civic rivals fared far worse.

Segment-wide compact car volume slipped 6% in Canada in 2015 as top sellers like the Mazda 3 (down 15%), Chevrolet Cruze (down 7%), and Volkswagen Jetta (down 11%) all suffered worse-than-average losses. 

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

The Civic’s market share rose nearly a percentage point to 18.4% in 2015 from 17.6% in 2014 despite its volume decline. Exceptions to the compact category decline included the Volkswagen Golf, which wasn’t thoroughly available for much of 2014, and the Subaru Impreza, which posted a meaningful 1269-unit improvement across the Impreza and WRX/STI lineup.

Canada small car sales chart 2015 calendar year
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Subcompact car sales in Canada, meanwhile, tumbled by a quarter as nearly every nameplate in the category took part in the segment’s downfall. Only the premium-priced Toyota Prius C posted improved sales, and its gain totalled only 253 extra units. 

Sales of the class-leading Hyundai Accent were down only 16%. The Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Kia Rio, discontinued Mazda 2, and Nissan Versa all posted sharper decreases. 

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 2016 • November 2015December 2014

Compact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014

Change
267
163 63.8% 2551 2752 -7.3%
424
347 22.2% 6360 7161 -11.2%
1706
2594 -34.2% 31,958 34,421 -7.2%
144
325 -55.7% 3061 7623 -59.8%
1033
1426 -27.6% 21,101 22,392 -5.8%
3987
4031 -1.1% 64,950 66,057 -1.7%
2054
2641 -22.2% 47,722 50,420 -5.4%
391
588 -33.5% 11,378 11,867 -4.1%
2078
2156 -3.6% 34,811 40,974 -15.0%
444
361 23.0% 6008 6623 -9.3%
887
949 -6.5% 14,940 15,021 -0.5%
179
943
705
714 -1.3% 11,426 10,157 12.5%
2280
2409 -5.4% 47,198 48,881 -3.4%
215 -100% 295 7130 -95.9%
1615
1246 29.6% 20,515 12,184 68.4%
1411
1717 -17.8% 27,719 31,042 -10.7%
Total
19,605
21,882 -10.4% 352,936 374,705 -5.8%

Subcompact
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
301
655 -54.0% 5763 8036 -28.3%
495
630 -21.4% 5646 9312 -39.4%
455
898 -49.3% 9088 11,732 -22.5%
706
1399 -49.5% 19,371 23,173 -16.4%
408
506 -19.4% 9761 14,458 -32.5%
3
147 -98.0% 761 2449 -68.9%
443
611 -27.5% 9120 13,314 -31.5%
78
160 -51.3% 3029 2776 9.1%
428
361 18.6% 8196 8530 -3.9%
Total
3317
5367 -38.2% 70,735 93,780 -24.6%

City Car
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
53
27 96.3% 1561 1577 -1.0%
159
271 -41.3% 3361 4048 -17.0%
747
828 -9.8% 11,909 7815 52.4%
24
9 167% 277 315 -12.1%
36
205 -82.4% 716 2550 -71.9%
Total
1019
1340 -24.0% 17,824 16,305 9.3%

Warm Hatches
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
129
228 -43.4% 2955 5566 -46.9%
96
109 -11.9% 2971 3444 -13.7%
441
360 22.5% 5638 3597 56.7%
54
48 12.5% 1135 1179 -3.7%
76
153 -50.3% 2347 2044 14.8%
Total
796
898 -11.4% 15,046 15,830 -4.9%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
285
647 -56.0% 4915 5683 -13.5%
590
470 25.5% 8156 8533 -4.4%
69
203 -66.0% 1948 2461 -20.8%
56
609
779
8959
812
614 32.2% 13,335 9944 34.1%
687
6861
169 181 -6.6% 2356 2695 -12.6%
84
95 -11.6% 1412 1786 -20.9%
364
429 -15.2% 5786 6594 -12.3%
2 15 -86.7%
271
178 52.2% 4473 3641 22.9%
27
35 -22.9% 948 651 45.6%
5 -100% 27 258 -89.5%
599
349 71.6% 8422 6922 21.7%
Total
4792
3206 49.5% 68,209 49,183 38.7%

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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