Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December 2016 & 2016 Year End


2016 Chevrolet Malibu white

2016 will not go down in Canada as the year of the midsize sedan.

It will go down as yet another year of rapid midsize sedan sales decline. 

Canadian sales of midsize cars fell 11% in 2014. Then, compared with 2014’s already lower levels, midsize car sales fell 8% in 2015. Them, compared with 107,000 midsize cars sold in Canada in 2015, sales fell 11% in 2016, a loss of more than 11,000 sales across the segment.

Nearly every contender, including the top-selling Toyota Camry – which claimed best-selling midsize car status for a second consecutive year and the third time in six years – reported fewer sales in calendar year 2016 than in the twelve months of 2015. 

Canada midsize car sales chart 2016 year end
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The new Chevrolet Malibu, up 25% but still down 36% from the levels of a decade ago, was Canada’s fourth-best-selling intermediate car in 2016. 

The Nissan Altima reported a 6% increase to 7753 units, though after averaging more than 14,600 annual sales over the course of the decade ending in 2013, was hardly an overachiever.

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

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Midsize Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
48
51 -5.9% 841 968 -13.1%
635
391 62.4% 11,503 9203 25.0%
330
623 -47.0% 7010 10,961 -36.0%
8 -100%
911
1035 -12.0% 14,424 15,781 -8.6%
905
1035 -12.6% 13,857 14,465 -4.2%
544
507 7.3% 10,191 13,497 -24.5%
628
455 38.0% 5243 6210 -15.6%
155
151 2.6% 2053 2703 -24.0%
295
851 -65.3% 7753 7293 6.3%
181
229 -21.0% 3001 3258 -7.9%
835
672 24.3% 15,683 16,805 -6.7%
200
366 -45.4% 4023 5838 -31.1%
Total
5667
6366 -11.0% 95,582 106,990 -10.7%

Hybrids & Electrics
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
272
220 23.6% 3469 1463 137%
48
54 -11.1% 851 721 18.0%
1
2
11 -81.8% 86 121 -28.9%
75
122 -38.5% 1375 1233 11.5%
282
98 188% 2855 1624 75.8%
133
185 -28.1% 2105 2497 -15.7%
Total
812
690 17.7% 10,742 7659 40.2%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
5 294 -98.3%
869
746 16.5% 11,255 9992 12.6%
364
358 1.7% 5971 6129 -2.6%
Total
1233
1104 11.7% 17,231 16,415 5.0%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ 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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Midsize Car Sales In Canada – January 2017
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – November 2016
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – December 2016
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – December 2016
Large Car Sales In Canada – December & 2016 Year End
Small Car Sales In Canada – December & 2016 Year End