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


2015 Ford Escape red

During the latter portion of 2015, Canadians were buying more SUVs and crossovers than cars, a startling figure given that just one year ago, cars outsold SUVs/CUVs by a 1.3-to-1 count. 

And to discovery why it is that Canadians are buying so many SUVs and crossovers, look no further than this most popular SUV/crossover category: the compacts, led by the Ford Escape. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – 2015 Year End

True, Escape volume plunged 9% in Canada in 2015. The GMC Terrain and Jeep Compass lost sales, too. But every other competitor sold more often in 2015 than in 2013, from the 41% and 57% gains of the Jeep Cherokee and Patriot to the Hyundai Tucson’s 38% uptick, the Nissan Rogue’s 24% leap forward, and the Toyota RAV4’s 15% gain. This group of vehicles produced 16.8% of the Canadian auto industry’s volume in 2014; their market share jumped to 18% in 2015. 

The gains likely would have been greater were it not for the continued rise of subcompact crossovers, led in 2015 by the Honda HR-V. The HR-V didn’t arrive until the end of the first half of the year, yet during the final 6+ months, Honda sold more HR-Vs than its top-selling rivals managed in the full 12 months of 2015. 

Canada small SUV sales chart 2015 year end
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That’s a feat. And the HR-V, together with additional sales from the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and expanding volume from established players like the Nissan Juke and Subaru XV Crosstrek, the segment jumped 56% in 2015. Popular? Somewhat. The category, collectively, managed slightly more sales than the Ford Escape.

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 SUVs and crossovers 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

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1558
1386 12.4% 19,766 19,559 1.1%
2257
1548 45.8% 25,646 24,715 3.8%
3159
3314 -4.7% 47,726 52,198 -8.6%
786
685 14.7% 10,844 11,524 -5.9%
2478
4603 -46.2% 38,961 37,684 3.4%
813
515 57.9% 16,362 11,856 38.0%
2886
1938 48.9% 31,833 22,529 41.3%
339
154 120% 3729 5808 -35.8%
530
361 46.8% 9372 5959 57.3%
414
230 80.0% 6509 6025 8.0%
1714
1347 27.2% 22,281 19,920 11.9%
425
339 25.4% 6108 5330 14.6%
2620
2098 24.9% 35,841 28,827 24.3%
1067
906 17.8% 12,706 12,302 3.3%
2949
2624 12.4% 42,246 36,639 15.3%
965
561 72.0% 11,459 10,096 13.5%
Total
24,960
22,609 10.4% 341,389 310,971 9.8%

Subcompact SUVs & 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%
56
609
779
8959
310
2261
687
6861
84
95 -11.6% 1412 1786 -20.9%
364
429 -15.2% 5786 6594 -12.3%
271
178 52.2% 4473 3641 22.9%
599
349 71.6% 8422 6922 21.7%
Total
4025
2168 85.6% 51,854 33,159 56.4%

Offroaders
December
2015
December
2014
%
Change
2015
2014
%
Change
1215
1396 -13.0% 20,880 23,057 -9.4%
103
63 63.5% 1707 991 72.3%
5 -100% 8 618 -98.7%
Total
1318
1464 -10.0% 22,595 24,666 -8.4%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* vehicle also displayed 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 cars, too, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with midsizers, as well… 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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