Small Car Sales In Canada – August 2016 YTD


2017 Mazda 3 sedan

Canadian sales of compact cars tumbled 10% in August 2016 as segment leaders from Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen all lost volume compared with August 2015.

Year-to-date, the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, Canada’s two best-selling cars that were both launched as all-new models for 2016, own 35% of the Canadian compact car market, up from 31% a year ago. 

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

A former top Honda Civic rival, the Mazda 3, has seen its share of the segment fall from 11% two years ago to 8% this year.

Subcompact cars took a slightly harder hit in August. Sales of the Hyundai Accent-led category fell 12%, or 746 units, despite a huge uptick in sales of the category leader. Year-to-date, the Accent and its Kia Rio partner own 46% of the subcompact category.

Canada August 2016 small car sales chart
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Among niche small cars, Mini Cooper sales are on the rise but retro hatches from Fiat and Volkswagen, the 500 and Beetle, are in decline. Fiat 500 volume is down by seven-tenths. 

Among city cars, Chevrolet Spark sales are surging along with sales of the Smart Fortwo, but Nissan Micra and Mitsubishi Mirage volume is in decline.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access.

Click Column Headers To Sort • September 2016 • July 2016August 2015

Compact
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
273
249 9.6% 1553 1633 -4.9%
707
489 44.6% 5211 3988 30.7%
2440
2771 -11.9% 16,245 21,527 -24.5%
81
199 -59.3% 1019 2395 -57.5%
1439
1876 -23.3% 11,816 14,272 -17.2%
5737
6711 -14.5% 44,295 42,667 3.8%
4843
4998 -3.1% 35,969 32,882 9.4%
1223
938 30.4% 8642 8655 -0.2%
2492
3102 -19.7% 19,004 24,762 -23.3%
507
523 -3.1% 4728 4108 17.5%
1182
1242 -4.8% 11,171 10,524 6.1%
50
2511
1163
925 25.7% 8024 7820 2.6%
3772
4318 -12.6% 31,988 34,601 -7.6%
295 -100%
1567
1833 -14.5% 14,304 14,263 0.3%
2185
2801 -22.0% 15,221 20,485 -25.7%
Total
29,661
32,975 -10.0% 231,701 244,877 -5.4%

Subcompact
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
220
336 -34.5% 3263 4123 -20.9%
211
629 -66.5% 2375 3674 -35.4%
597
566 5.5% 5346 6914 -22.7%
2373
1922 23.5% 14,683 14,582 0.7%
609
1054 -42.2% 5772 7102 -18.7%
29 -100% 27 714 -96.2%
605
719 -15.9% 5211 6493 -19.7%
228
304 -25.0% 2072 2365 -12.4%
634
664 -4.5% 5529 5488 0.7%
Total
5477
6223 -12.0% 44,278 51,455 -14.0%

City Car
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
380
128 197% 2238 1241 80.3%
245
342 -28.4% 2166 2479 -12.6%
980
1116 -12.2% 7157 8267 -13.4%
35 -100% 2 192 -99.0%
282
66 327% 935 513 82.3%
Total
1887
1687 11.9% 12,498 12,692 -1.5%

Warm Hatches
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
88
296 -70.3% 687 2200 -68.8%
209
214 -2.3% 1413 2303 -38.6%
556
404 37.6% 3925 3516 11.6%
98
95 3.2% 736 808 -8.9%
142
183 -22.4% 1806 1814 -0.4%
Total
1093
1192 -8.3% 8567 10,641 -19.5%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
August
2016
August
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
496
406 22.2% 3523 3195 10.3%
790
861 -8.2% 6000 4859 23.5%
12
33 -63.6% 222 1767 -87.4%
37
89 -58.4% 598 363 64.7%
916
1712 -46.5% 7425 4351 70.7%
1414
1297 9.0% 8412 9172 -8.3%
887
906 -2.1% 6444 3437 87.5%
182
212 -14.2% 1765 1468 20.2%
69
155 -55.5% 531 809 -34.4%
672
628 7.0% 4139 3893 6.3%
2 -100%
434
367 18.3% 3091 3069 0.7%
96 -100% 47 751 -93.7%
27 -100%
953
771 23.6% 6260 5538 13.0%
Total
6862
7533 -8.9% 48,457 42,701 13.5%

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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