Small Car Sales In Canada – May 2016 YTD


2016 Volkswagen Golf red

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.
medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’717379412′; 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% 944 940 0.4%
837
587 42.6% 3234 2266 42.7%
1574
3718 -57.7% 9465 12,928 -26.8%
174
453 -61.6% 742 1759 -57.8%
1507
2618 -42.4% 6098 8224 -25.9%
8240
7467 10.4% 26,961 23,559 14.4%
4510
4733 -4.7% 20,695 19,025 8.8%
1119
2226 -49.7% 5099 5155 -1.1%
2861
3381 -15.4% 11,324 14,991 -24.5%
734
711 3.2% 3157 2354 34.1%
1645
1596 3.1% 6336 6394 -0.9%
493
2164
1127
1344 -16.1% 4701 4804 -2.1%
5385
5938 -9.3% 19,377 20,421 -5.1%
295 -100%
2259
2021 11.8% 9003 8567 5.1%
2233
3043 -26.6% 9056 12,480 -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
721 26.5% 2458 2748 -10.6%
322
596 -46.0% 1676 1904 -12.0%
795
1074 -26.0% 3395 4756 -28.6%
2766
2804 -1.4% 8142 8335 -2.3%
698
1043 -33.1% 3267 4460 -26.7%
105 -100% 27 532 -94.9%
981
1031 -4.8% 3154 3985 -20.9%
305
336 -9.2% 1030 1399 -26.4%
890
1069 -16.7% 3538 3409 3.8%
Total
7669
8779 -14.5% 26,687 31,528 -18.1%

City Car
May
2016
May
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
400
365 9.6% 1111 633 75.5%
435
326 33.4% 1481 1607 -7.8%
934
1278 -26.9% 4400 4968 -11.4%
29 -100% 2 101 -98.0%
34
116 -70.7% 569 307 85.3%
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% 442 1367 -67.7%
308
419 -26.5% 781 1494 -47.7%
713
685 4.1% 2286 2123 7.7%
121
127 -4.7% 436 463 -5.8%
358
327 9.5% 1382 1178 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
450 8.9% 2000 1741 14.9%
821
806 1.9% 3598 2603 38.2%
42
712 -94.1% 159 1569 -89.9%
165
4 4025% 414 4 10,250%
1065
4231
1138
1074 6.0% 4566 4686 -2.6%
848
717 18.3% 3919 717 447%
219
250 -12.4% 1010 913 10.6%
61
129 -52.7% 332 426 -22.1%
497
577 -13.9% 2555 2099 21.7%
2 -100%
394
486 -18.9% 1848 1894 -2.4%
129 -100% 47 495 -90.5%
27 -100%
857
893 -4.0% 3581 3226 11.0%
Total
6597
6227 5.6% 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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