Small Car Sales In Canada – September 2016 YTD


2016 Volkswagen Golf

Canadian compact car sales plunged 11% in September 2016, a far sharper decline for the segment than the overall passenger car market experienced.

Through the first three-quarters of 2016, compact car sales are down 6% in a car market that’s fallen 8%. 

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

But in September, with plunging compact sales reported by the Buick Verano, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, and Nissan Sentra, the compact category’s 11% drop was significantly worse than the 7% drop experienced by the overall car market.

Those nameplates weren’t the only ones to decline, either. Canada’s two top-selling cars, the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, both fell 12%, year-over-year. 

Canada small car sales chart September 2016
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Both the Civic and Elantra are selling more often this year than last, through nine months, but Civic volume has declined in three consecutive months.

Meanwhile, subcompact car sales fell 10% in September 2016 despite a 39% increase in sales of the Hyundai Accent, Canada’s top-selling subcompact.

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 • October 2016 • August 2015September 2015

Compact
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD

Change
265
250 6.0% 1818 1883 -3.5%
578
950 -39.2% 5789 4938 17.2%
2929
2872 2.0% 19,174 24,399 -21.4%
94
180 -47.8% 1113 2575 -56.8%
1309
2163 -39.5% 13,125 16,435 -20.1%
6091
6942 -12.3% 50,386 49,609 1.6%
4449
5040 -11.7% 40,418 37,922 6.6%
1142
795 43.6% 9784 9450 3.5%
2251
2864 -21.4% 21,255 27,626 -23.1%
502
516 -2.7% 5230 4624 13.1%
975
1328 -26.6% 12,146 11,852 2.5%
24
254 -90.6% 2535 254 898%
1046
1062 -1.5% 9070 8882 2.1%
4280
4371 -2.1% 36,268 38,972 -6.9%
295 -100%
1553
1436 8.1% 15,857 15,699 1.0%
1887
2088 -9.6% 17,108 22,573 -24.2%
Total
29,375
33,111 -11.3% 261,076 277,988 -6.1%

Subcompact
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
276
485 -43.1% 3539 4608 -23.2%
212
622 -65.9% 2587 4296 -39.8%
670
581 15.3% 6016 7495 -19.7%
1784
1287 38.6% 16,467 15,869 3.8%
662
839 -21.1% 6434 7941 -19.0%
22 -100% 27 736 -96.3%
672
990 -32.1% 5883 7483 -21.4%
225
191 17.8% 2297 2556 -10.1%
639
711 -10.1% 6168 6199 -0.5%
Total
5140
5728 -10.3% 49,418 57,183 -13.6%

City Car
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
596
128 366% 2834 1369 107%
226
287 -21.3% 2392 2766 -13.5%
921
1138 -19.1% 8078 9405 -14.1%
18 -100% 2 210 -99.0%
400
39 926% 1335 552 142%
Total
2143
1610 33.1% 14,641 14,302 2.4%

Warm Hatches
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
60
386 -84.5% 747 2586 -71.1%
91
203 -55.2% 1504 2506 -40.0%
550
467 17.8% 4475 3983 12.4%
69
103 -33.0% 805 911 -11.6%
176
143 23.1% 1982 1957 1.3%
Total
946
1302 -27.3% 9513 11,943 -20.3%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
September
2016
September
2015
%
Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
470
447 5.1% 3993 3642 9.6%
779
986 -21.0% 6779 5845 16.0%
8
26 -69.2% 230 1793 -87.2%
38
78 -51.3% 636 441 44.2%
1093
1076 1.6% 8518 5427 57.0%
1267
1307 -3.1% 9679 10,479 -7.6%
819
916 -10.6% 7263 4353 66.9%
194
265 -26.8% 1959 1733 13.0%
58
191 -69.6% 589 1000 -41.1%
553
505 9.5% 4692 4398 6.7%
2 -100%
449
443 1.4% 3540 3512 0.8%
70 -100% 47 821 -94.3%
27 -100%
904
758 19.3% 7164 6296 13.8%
Total
6632
7068 -6.2% 55,089 49,769 10.7%

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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