Midsize Car Sales In Canada – May 2016 YTD


2016 Hyundai Sonata orange

Canadian sales of midsize cars plunged 9% in May 2016, a loss of more than 1000 units during a year in which the intermediate car sector is down by more than 6500 sales.

The Toyota Camry narrowly pipped the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata for a May 2016 midsize car victory despite its own 19% year-over-year loss. After a brutal start to the year, May 2016 was the best month for Hyundai Canada’s Sonata since February of last year. 

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

The Chrysler 200, which is not long for this world, and the suddenly surging Nissan Altima were the only other cars in the core group of the midsize mainstream to post May 2016 improvements.

Outside the midsize mainstream, the Chevrolet Volt broke its all-time monthly record set in April – which had broken the March record – with 270 May 2016 sales, a 358% year-over-year increase. 

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Canada midsize car sales chart May 2016
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The Volt handily outsold the discouragingly unpopular Mazda 6 and came within 29 sales of catching the Subaru Legacy.

Is the Volt quickly becoming a reasonable, if undersized, alternative to conventional midsize cars? The second-generation Volt has an all-electric range of 85 kilometres. In the right jurisdiction,  British Columbia for instance, the Volt’s $40,090 price is cut by $5000.

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 sortable, so you can rank midsize cars 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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015

Midsize Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
43
80 -46.3% 353 511 -30.9%
928
1357 -31.6% 5744 4710 22.0%
1444
1398 3.3% 3057 5532 -44.7%
8 -100%
1404
1935 -27.4% 4823 6257 -22.9%
1567
1721 -8.9% 5858 5696 2.8%
1565
1125 39.1% 3584 6062 -40.9%
346
410 -15.6% 2236 2556 -12.5%
194
269 -27.9% 863 1096 -21.3%
1138
691 64.7% 4035 3473 16.2%
299
350 -14.6% 1305 1559 -16.3%
1618
2003 -19.2% 7388 7522 -1.8%
360
579 -37.8% 1794 2580 -30.5%
Total
10,906
11,918 -9.3% 41,040 47,562 -15.9%

Hybrids & Electrics
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
270
59 358% 972 305 219%
76
65 16.9% 317 216 46.8%
1
2
21 -90.5% 38 56 -32.1%
121
112 8.0% 494 387 27.6%
290
167 73.7% 969 688 40.8%
276
188 46.8% 887 923 -3.9%
Total
1035
612% 40.9% 3678 2575 30.0%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
22 -100% 5 232 -97.8%
850
868 -2.1% 4043 4300 -6.0%
512
630 -18.7% 2570 2604 -1.3%
Total
1362
1520 -11.6% 6618 7136 -7.8%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
^ Volkswagen Canada combines figures for the Passat and CC.
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 Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too… 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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