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 2356 4.5%
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
4792 2.4% 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.

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Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2017
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Small Car Sales In Canada – December 2015
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Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – December 2016
Midsize Car Sales In Canada – December & 2016 Year End