Small Car Sales In Canada – February 2016 YTD


2016 Toyota Yaris hatchback

As Canadian passenger car volume continued its decline in February 2016, Canadian sales of compact cars jumped 9%, a gain of more than 1600 units.

The gain among compact cars, led by the Hyundai Elantra in February and the Honda Civic on a perennial and year-to-date basis, more than made up for the losses among subcompact cars. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – February 2016 YTD

Almost every subcompact nameplate posted declining sales on a year-over-year basis. Only the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris, which together generated less than a quarter of Canada’s subcompact volume in February, managed to sell more often in February 2016 than in February 2015.

Canada small car sales chart February 2016
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But the strength of compact cars is a noteworthy event given the 5% drop in overall car sales last month. 

Despite sharp declines from the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta – as well as declining Dart, Focus, Impreza, Corolla, and Golf sales – the segment produced a major improvement because of the class-leading Hyundai Elantra’s 74% uptick, a 124% jump in Kia Forte sales, and double-digit gains from the Nissan Sentra, Mitsubishi Lancer, Chevrolet Cruze, and Buick Verano. 

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 2017 • March 2016 • January 2016February 2015

Compact
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
147
136 8.1% 273 196 39.3%
307
243 26.3% 571 464 23.1%
1945
1563 24.4% 3401 2936 15.8%
111
137 -19.0% 222 595 -62.7%
907
913 -0.7% 1732 1687 2.7%
2868
2615 9.7% 6576 4904 34.1%
3793
2180 74.0% 5886 5263 11.8%
971
434 124% 1421 897 58.4%
1450
1989 -27.1% 2731 3677 -25.7%
566
346 63.6% 1035 654 58.3%
1277
1071 19.2% 1998 1857 7.6%
203
353
570
583 -2.2% 1273 1186 7.3%
2543
2633 -3.4% 4717 5060 -6.8%
157 -100% 295 -100%
1070
1383 -22.6% 2164 2581 -16.2%
1073
1767 -39.3% 2244 3429 -34.6%
Total
19,801
18,150 9.1% 36,597 35,681 2.6%

Subcompact
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
210
346 -39.3% 416 551 -24.5%
275
270 1.9% 567 580 -2.2%
490
728 -32.7% 1049 1554 -32.5%
679
934 -27.3% 1559 1603 -2.7%
487
574 -15.2% 980 1085 -9.7%
23
51 -54.9% 27 146 -81.5%
476
622 -23.5% 892 1194 -25.3%
267
539 -50.5% 382 685 -44.2%
527
472 11.7% 925 870 6.3%
Total
3434
4536 -24.3% 6797 8268 -17.8%

City Car
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
117
68 72.1% 187 148 26.4%
125
180 -30.6% 243 413 -41.2%
707
758 -6.7% 1352 1437 -5.9%
7 -100% 2 19 -89.5%
192
43 347% 217 73 197%
Total
1141
1056 8.0% 2001 2090 -4.3%

Warm Hatches
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
65
146 -55.5% 115 294 -60.9%
75
88 -14.8% 148 382 -61.3%
281
314 -10.5% 506 497 1.8%
45
56 -19.6% 89 107 -16.8%
139
136 2.2% 213 212 0.5%
Total
605
740 -18.2% 1071 1492 -28.2%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
February
2016
February
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
196
256 -23.4% 380 483 -21.3%
427
269 58.7% 804 536 50.0%
33
219 -84.9% 51 319 -84.0%
21
46
489
1214
536
966 -10.7% 1198 1341 -10.7%
639
1166
168
109 54.1% 302 254 18.9%
55
60 -8.3% 98 111 -11.7%
397
317 25.2% 751 632 18.8%
1 -100%
233
275 -15.3% 574 486 18.1%
10
61 -83.6% 34 112 -69.6%
7 -100% 13 -100%
510
362 40.9% 1041 848 22.8%
Total
3714
2901 28.0% 7659 5136 49.1%

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 – February 2017
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Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2016
Small Car Sales In Canada – February 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – February 2016
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – February 2016