Small Car Sales In Canada - March 2016 YTD

2016 Mazda 3 sedan beige
Canadian sales of passenger cars slid 3% in March 2016 even as the auto industry as a whole jumped 9%. But compact cars, led by the Honda Civic, Canada's best-selling car in 18 consecutive years, wasn't nearly so severely hit.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - March 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - March 2016 YTD


The Civic's 7% year-over-year increase and the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra's 33% improvement helped to hold at bay a sharper decline in March. General Motors, Kia, Mitsubishi, and Nissan also posted meaningful gains with their compact cars. Offsetting all those increases, however, was the Dodge Dart's 43% plunge, a 19% drop in Ford Focus sales, and more pertinently, 34% and 45% dives from the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta.

Among subcompact cars, the Hyundai continued to hold the Accent's leadership position despite a 22% year-over-year drop. 

Overall, subcompact car volume plunged 34% in Canada in March. First-quarter sales in 2016 were down 20%, a loss of 2932 sales. 


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Incidentally, two subcompact crossovers based on subcompact cars, both of which weren't on sale a year ago, combined for 4048 sales in the first-quarter of 2016. 

The Honda HR-V leads all subcompact crossovers in year-to-date volume; the Mazda CX-3 ranks second.

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 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015
Compact
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
215
2064.4%48840221.4%
701
43561.1%127289941.5%
2294
20999.3%5695503513.1%
223
480-53.5%4451075-58.6%
1317
1616-18.5%30493303-7.7%
5943
55547.0%12,519 10,45819.7%
5692
429332.6%11,578955621.2%
1047
86321.3%2468176040.2%
2457
3700-33.6%5188 7377-29.7%
625
44640.1%1660 119938.4%
1534
14317.2%3532 32887.4%
626
------979 ------
889
981-9.4%21622167-0.2%
3634
3967-8.4%83519027-7.5%
---
---------295-100%
2038
19703.5%42024551-7.7%
1667
3012-44.7%39116441-39.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
30,902
31,053-0.5%67,499 66,833 1.0%

Subcompact
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
436
528-17.4%8521079-21.0%
356
28923.2%9238696.2%
732
947-22.7%17812501-28.8%
1268
1618-21.6%28273221-12.2%
 731
1277-42.8%17112362-27.6%
---
140-100%27 286-90.6%
632
847-25.4%15242041-25.3%
126
158-20.3%508843-39.7%
748
6869.0%167315567.5%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
4298
6490-33.8%11,826 14,758 -19.9%

City Car
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
235
75213%42222389.2%
451
38018.7%694793-12.5%
1184
101316.9%253624503.5%
---
30-100%249-95.9%
263
52406%480125284%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
2133
155037.6%4134 3640 13.6%

Warm Hatches
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
112
225-50.2%227519 -56.3%
117
385-69.6%265767 -65.4%
440
39012.8%946887 6.7%
103
115-10.4%192 222 -13.5%
359
24149.0%572453 26.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1131
1356-16.6%2202 2848 -22.7%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
363
371-2.2%743854-13.0%
1019
448128%182398485.3%
35
274-87.2%86 593-85.5%
79
------125------
817
------2031------
861
1129-23.7%2059 2470-16.6%
851
------2017------
250
17642.0%552 43028.4%
55
75-26.7%153 186-17.7%
524
42722.7%1275105920.4%
---
1-100%---2-100%
423
464-8.8%9979504.9%
13
98-86.7%47210-77.6%
---
14-100%---27-100%
788
68814.5%1829153619.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
6078
416545.9%13,737 9301 47.7%
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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