Small Car Sales In Canada - January 2016

2016 Honda Civic grey profile
More than one out of every five compact cars sold in Canada in January 2016 was a Honda Civic. January volume jumped 62%, a year-over-year gain of 1418 units. 

Most cars didn't generate 1418 total sales, let alone sell 1418 more sales this January than in January 2015.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - January 2016


But the Civic isn't like most cars. Oh, it's a fairly conventional compact. (You can read our review of the 2016 Honda Civic Touring here.) But its Canadian presence is massive. In 18 consecutive years, the Civic was Canada's best-selling car, a streak that began in 1998 and ran through 2015. In 2008, the Civic was Canada's best-selling vehicle overall





Canada small car sales chart January 2016
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The Civic's January improvement wasn't the only year-over-year increase among compact cars, but even with gains from the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Subaru Impreza, the segment slid 5%. 

Subcompact cars tumbled 10% as Honda Fit sales plunged 32% and the Nissan Versa slid 27%.

There's no doubt that many prospective car buyers are sliding over a category. As Honda lost 267 Fit sales, they produced 725 HR-V sales. As Mazda lost 407 3 sales, Mazda also sold 527 CX-3s. 

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 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015
Compact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
126
60110%12660110%
264
22119.5%26422119.5%
1456
13736.0%145613736.0%
111
458-75.8%111458-75.8%
825
7746.6%8257746.6%
3708
228962.0%3708 228962.0%
2093
3083-32.1%20933083-32.1%
450
463-2.8%450463-2.8%
1281
1688-24.1%1281 1688-24.1%
469
30852.3%469 30852.3%
721
786-8.3%721 786-8.3%
150
------150 ------
450
4382.7%4504382.7%
2174
2427-10.4%21742427-10.4%
---
138-100%---138-100%
1094
1198-8.7%10941198-8.7%
1171
1662-29.5%11711662-29.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
16,543
17,366-4.7%16,543 17,366 -4.7%

Subcompact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
206
2050.5%2062050.5%
292
310-5.8%292310-5.8%
559
826-32.3%559826-32.3%
880
66931.5%88066931.5%
493
511-3.5%493511-3.5%
4
95-95.8%4 95-95.8%
416
572-27.3%416572-27.3%
115
146-21.2%115146-21.2%
398
3980.0%3983980.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
3363
3732-9.9%3363 3732 -9.9%

City Car
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
70
80-12.5%7080-12.5%
118
233-49.4%118233-49.4%
645
679-5.0%645679-5.0%
2
12-83.3%212-83.3%
25
30-16.7%2530-16.7%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
860
1034-16.8%860 1034 -16.8%

Warm Hatches
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
50
148-66.2%50148 -66.2%
73
294-75.2%73294 -75.2%
225
18323.0%225183 23.0%
44
51-13.7%44 51 -13.7%
74
76-2.6%7476 -2.6%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
466
752-38.0%466 752 -38.0%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
184
227-18.9%184227-18.9%
377
26741.2%37726741.2%
18
100-82.0%18 100-82.0%
25
------25------
725
------725------
662
37576.5%662 37576.5%
527
------527------
134
145-7.6%134 145-7.6%
43
51-15.7%43 51-15.7%
354
31512.4%35431512.4%
---
1-100%---1-100%
341
21161.6%34121161.6%
24
51-52.9%2451-52.9%
---
6-100%---6-100%
531
4869.3%5314869.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
3945
223576.5%3945 2235 76.5%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small Car Sales In Canada - February 2016 YTD
Small Car Sales In Canada - December 2015
Small Car Sales In Canada - January 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - January 2016
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - January 2016
Midsize Car Sales In Canada - January 2016

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