Small Car Sales In Canada - May 2016 YTD

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Canadian sales of compact cars plunged 15% in May 2016, but the best-selling Honda Civic shot up 10% to 8240 units, the Civic's first month above the 8K mark in over five years.

As a result, the tenth-gen Civic's Canadian market share improved from 18.6% in May 2015 to 23.6% in May 2016, a startling improvement for an already dominant car.


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


The Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Volkswagen Golf, and discontinued Buick Verano were the only other compacts to post year-over-year sales gains. 

Detroit's trio of entrants – Cruze, Dart, Focus – combined for a 52% decline to 3255 total sales, shy of the totals achieved by three of their individual rivals: Civic, Corolla, Elantra.


Among subcompacts, every entrant aside from the Chevrolet Sonic posted notable declines. For the Sonic, perhaps overachieving because of limited availability of Chevrolet's new Cruze, sales rose to a 13-month high. 

May 2016 small car sales chart
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May 2016's auto sales figures were skewed somewhat by a quirk in the calendar. The auto sales calendar in May didn't begin until May 3, shortening the month by two days. 

As a result, the daily selling rate for a car like, for instance, the Hyundai Elantra, rose 3%, though "May 2016" volume fell 5%.

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 • June 2016 • April 2016May 2015
Compact
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
159
257-38.1%9449400.4%
837
58742.6%3234226642.7%
1574
3718-57.7%946512,928-26.8%
174
453-61.6%7421759-57.8%
1507
2618-42.4%60988224-25.9%
8240
746710.4%26,961 23,55914.4%
4510
4733-4.7%20,69519,0258.8%
1119
2226-49.7%50995155-1.1%
2861
3381-15.4%11,324 14,991-24.5%
734
7113.2%3157 235434.1%
1645
15963.1%6336 6394-0.9%
493
------2164 ------
1127
1344-16.1%47014804-2.1%
5385
5938-9.3%19,37720,421-5.1%
---
---------295-100%
2259
202111.8%900385675.1%
2233
3043-26.6%905612,480-27.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
34,857
40,093-15.0%138,356 144,162 -4.2%

Subcompact
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
912
72126.5%24582748-10.6%
322
596-46.0%16761904-12.0%
795
1074-26.0%33954756-28.6%
2766
2804-1.4%81428335-2.3%
698
1043-33.1%32674460-26.7%
---
105-100%27 532-94.9%
981
1031-4.8%31543985-20.9%
305
336-9.2%10301399-26.4%
890
1069-16.7%353834093.8%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
7669
8779-14.5%26,687 31,528 -18.1%

City Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
400
3659.6%111163375.5%
435
32633.4%14811607-7.8%
934
1278-26.9%44004968-11.4%
---
29-100%2101-98.0%
34
116-70.7%56930785.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1803
2114-17.2%7563 7616 -0.7%

Warm Hatches
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
140
503-72.2%4421367 -67.7%
308
419-26.5%7811494 -47.7%
713
6854.1%22862123 7.7%
121
127-4.7%436 463 -5.8%
358
3279.5%13821178 17.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1640
2061-25.75%5327 6625 -24.4%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
490
4508.9%2000174114.9%
821
8061.9%3598260338.2%
42
712-94.1%159 1569-89.9%
165
44025%414410,250%
1065
------4231------
1138
10746.0%4566 4686-2.6%
848
71718.3%3919717447%
219
250-12.4%1010 91310.6%
61
129-52.7%332 426-22.1%
497
577-13.9%2555209921.7%
---
---------2-100%
394
486-18.9%18481894-2.4%
---
129-100%47495-90.5%
---
---------27-100%
857
893-4.0%3581322611.0%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
6597
62275.6%28,260 20,40 27.8%
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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