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

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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 • January 2017 • February 2016 • December 2015January 2015

Compact
January
2016
January
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
126
60 110% 126 60 110%
264
221 19.5% 264 221 19.5%
1456
1373 6.0% 1456 1373 6.0%
111
458 -75.8% 111 458 -75.8%
825
774 6.6% 825 774 6.6%
3708
2289 62.0% 3708 2289 62.0%
2093
3083 -32.1% 2093 3083 -32.1%
450
463 -2.8% 450 463 -2.8%
1281
1688 -24.1% 1281 1688 -24.1%
469
308 52.3% 469 308 52.3%
721
786 -8.3% 721 786 -8.3%
150
150
450
438 2.7% 450 438 2.7%
2174
2427 -10.4% 2174 2427 -10.4%
138 -100% 138 -100%
1094
1198 -8.7% 1094 1198 -8.7%
1171
1662 -29.5% 1171 1662 -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
205 0.5% 206 205 0.5%
292
310 -5.8% 292 310 -5.8%
559
826 -32.3% 559 826 -32.3%
880
669 31.5% 880 669 31.5%
493
511 -3.5% 493 511 -3.5%
4
95 -95.8% 4 95 -95.8%
416
572 -27.3% 416 572 -27.3%
115
146 -21.2% 115 146 -21.2%
398
398 0.0% 398 398 0.0%
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% 70 80 -12.5%
118
233 -49.4% 118 233 -49.4%
645
679 -5.0% 645 679 -5.0%
2
12 -83.3% 2 12 -83.3%
25
30 -16.7% 25 30 -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% 50 148 -66.2%
73
294 -75.2% 73 294 -75.2%
225
183 23.0% 225 183 23.0%
44
51 -13.7% 44 51 -13.7%
74
76 -2.6% 74 76 -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% 184 227 -18.9%
377
267 41.2% 377 267 41.2%
18
100 -82.0% 18 100 -82.0%
25
25
725
725
662
375 76.5% 662 375 76.5%
527
527
134
145 -7.6% 134 145 -7.6%
43
51 -15.7% 43 51 -15.7%
354
315 12.4% 354 315 12.4%
1 -100% 1 -100%
341
211 61.6% 341 211 61.6%
24
51 -52.9% 24 51 -52.9%
6 -100% 6 -100%
531
486 9.3% 531 486 9.3%
Total
3945
2235 76.5% 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.

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Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2017
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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