Small Car Sales In Canada – March 2016 YTD


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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 • March 2017 • April 2016 • February 2016March 2015

Compact
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
215
206 4.4% 488 402 21.4%
701
435 61.1% 1272 899 41.5%
2294
2099 9.3% 5695 5035 13.1%
223
480 -53.5% 445 1075 -58.6%
1317
1616 -18.5% 3049 3303 -7.7%
5943
5554 7.0% 12,519 10,458 19.7%
5692
4293 32.6% 11,578 9556 21.2%
1047
863 21.3% 2468 1760 40.2%
2457
3700 -33.6% 5188 7377 -29.7%
625
446 40.1% 1660 1199 38.4%
1534
1431 7.2% 3532 3288 7.4%
626
979
889
981 -9.4% 2162 2167 -0.2%
3634
3967 -8.4% 8351 9027 -7.5%
295 -100%
2038
1970 3.5% 4202 4551 -7.7%
1667
3012 -44.7% 3911 6441 -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% 852 1079 -21.0%
356
289 23.2% 923 869 6.2%
732
947 -22.7% 1781 2501 -28.8%
1268
1618 -21.6% 2827 3221 -12.2%
 731
1277 -42.8% 1711 2362 -27.6%
140 -100% 27 286 -90.6%
632
847 -25.4% 1524 2041 -25.3%
126
158 -20.3% 508 843 -39.7%
748
686 9.0% 1673 1556 7.5%
Total
4298
6490 -33.8% 11,826 14,758 -19.9%

City Car
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
235
75 213% 422 223 89.2%
451
380 18.7% 694 793 -12.5%
1184
1013 16.9% 2536 2450 3.5%
30 -100% 2 49 -95.9%
263
52 406% 480 125 284%
Total
2133
1550 37.6% 4134 3640 13.6%

Warm Hatches
March
2016
March
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
112
225 -50.2% 227 519 -56.3%
117
385 -69.6% 265 767 -65.4%
440
390 12.8% 946 887 6.7%
103
115 -10.4% 192 222 -13.5%
359
241 49.0% 572 453 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% 743 854 -13.0%
1019
448 128% 1823 984 85.3%
35
274 -87.2% 86 593 -85.5%
79
125
817
2031
861
1129 -23.7% 2059 2470 -16.6%
851
2017
250
176 42.0% 552 430 28.4%
55
75 -26.7% 153 186 -17.7%
524
427 22.7% 1275 1059 20.4%
1 -100% 2 -100%
423
464 -8.8% 997 950 4.9%
13
98 -86.7% 47 210 -77.6%
14 -100% 27 -100%
788
688 14.5% 1829 1536 19.1%
Total
6078
4165 45.9% 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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