Small Car Sales In Canada - December 2016 & 2016 Year End

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Canadian sales of compact cars slid 7% in 2016 as even the top-selling car – Honda's Civic, the best-selling car in Canada in 19 consecutive years – posted a sales loss in the first year of its all-new tenth-gen iteration.




Civic market share increased, of course, as its rate of decline was far less severe than the rate of decline across the category. The sentiment is the same with the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra (up 2%) and third-ranked Toyota Corolla (down 3%.) But the Mazda 3, Chevrolet Cruze, and Volkswagen Jetta combined to lose 19,000 sales.

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Canadian sales of subcompact cars tumbled 13% in 2016 as consumers increasingly saw the benefit of spending very little more on a compact car, and getting measurably more space, greater refinement, more power, and scarcely worse fuel consumption. 

The Hyundai Accent, down 1% in 2016, led the subcompact category.

Of course, across both sectors, consumers are swiftly turning to SUVs/crossovers when it comes time to acquire a new car. While car sales in Canada slid 7% in 2016, the auto industry as a whole jumped 3% to record heights. SUV/crossover volume rose 10% as utility vehicles outsold cars by a margin of 1.2-to-1.

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 • January 2017 • November 2016December 2015
Compact
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015

Change
187
267
-30.0%
2459
2551
-3.6%
308
424
-27.4%
7244
6360
13.9%
2760
1706
61.8%
26,824
31,958
-16.1%
93
144
-35.4%
1405
3061
-54.1%
1062
1033
2.8%
16,627
21,101
-21.2%
3164
3987
-20.6%
64,552
64,950
-0.6%
1852
2054
-9.8%
48,875
47,722
2.4%
579
391
48.1%
12,296
11,378
8.1%
1822
2078
-12.3%
27,689
34,811
-20.5%
458
444
3.2%
6575
6008
9.4%
511
887
-42.4%
14,281
14,940
-4.4%
8
179
-95.5%
2569
943
172%
758
705
7.5%
11,673
11,426
2.2%
2215
2280
-2.9%
45,626
47,198
-3.3%
---
---
---
---
295
-100%
1041
1615
-35.5%
19,966
20,515
-2.7%
636
1411
-54.9%
20,954
27,719
-24.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
17,454
19,605
-11.0%329,615
352,936
-6.6%

Subcompact
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
383
301
27.2%
4404
5763
-23.6%
132
495
-73.3%
3093
5646
-45.2%
1184
455
160%
8622
9088
-5.1%
624
706
-11.6%
19,198
19,371
-0.9%
320
408
-21.6%
7636
9761
-21.8%
---
3
-100%
27
761
-96.5%
436
443
-1.6%
7417
9120
-18.7%
139
78
78.2%
3135
3029
3.5%
397
428
-7.2%
7779
8196
-5.1%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
3615
3317
9.0%61,311
70,735
-13.3%

City Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
185
53
249%
3657
1561
134%
189
159
18.9%
3112
3361
-7.4%
453
747
-39.4%
9896
11,909
-16.9%
---
24
-100%
2
277
-99.3%
228
36
533%
1875
716
162%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
1055
1019
3.5%18,542
17,824
4.0%

Warm Hatches
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
81
129
-37.2%
1010
2955
-65.8%
58
96
-39.6%
1831
2971
-38.4%
350
441
-20.6%
5915
5638
4.9%
11
54
-79.6%
868
1135
-23.5%
122
76
60.5%
2402
2347
2.3%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
622
796
-21.9%12,026
15,046
-20.1%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
%
Change
2016
2015
%
Change
274
285
-3.9%
5533
4915
12.6%
489
590
-17.1%
9072
8156
11.2%
18
69
-73.9%
297
1948
-84.8%
29
56
-48.2%
766
609
25.8%
1240
779
59.2%
12,371
8959
38.1%
743
812
-8.5%
12,672
13,335
-5.0%
612
687
-10.9%
9354
6861
36.3%
162
169-4.1%2461 23564.5%
---
84
-100%
694
1412
-50.8%
451
364
23.9%
6196
5786
7.1%
---
---
---
---
2
-100%
214
271
-21.0%
4442
4473
-0.7%
---
27
-100%
47
948
-95.0%
---
---
---
---
27
-100%
673
599
12.4%
9723
8422
15.4%
---
---
--------- --- ---
Total
4905
47922.4%73,628 68,209 7.9%
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.

RECOMMENDED READING

Small Car Sales In Canada - January 2017
Small Car Sales In Canada - November 2016
Small Car Sales In Canada - December 2015
Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - December 2016
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - December 2016
Midsize Car Sales In Canada - December & 2016 Year End

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