Small Car Sales In Canada – January 2017


2017 Mazda 3 Sport red

Canadian sales of passenger cars overall are sliding at a measurably faster rate than compact cars, the biggest segment in the Canadian auto industry’s car sector. Compact cars slid 4% in January 2017, a modest decline of 734 units for a segment, but a modest decline that follows consistent declines in previous years, as well.

The Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling car overall, fell 10% in January. Its traditional top rival, the Hyundai Elantra, was down 20%. January’s number two compact, the Toyota Corolla (including the Scion iM-turned-Corolla-iM), was up 16%, and Mazda 3 volume jumped 12% for its first monthly year-over-year gain since September 2014.

Among subcompact cars, where sales fell 24%, the Hyundai Accent continued as leader despite a 2% drop. A new Accent will debut at the Canadian auto show in Toronto today.

Canada small car sales chart January 2017
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Other than the Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, every subcompact car posted declining volume in January.

Yet Canadian auto sales grew to the highest level ever. Thank models such as the Honda HR-V and Buick Encore, and especially the growth reported by their larger crossover cohorts.

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 • February 2017 • December 2016January 2016

Compact
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
105
126 -16.7% 105 126 -16.7%
304
264 15.2% 304 264 15.2%
1136
1456 -22.0% 1136 1456 -22.0%
179
113 58.4% 179 113 58.4%
823
825 -0.2% 823 825 -0.2%
3330
3708 -10.2% 3330 3708 -10.2%
1675
2093 -20.0% 1675 2093 -20.0%
574
450 27.6% 574 450 27.6%
1439
1281 12.3% 1439 1281 12.3%
381
469 -18.8% 381 469 -18.8%
806
721 11.8% 806 721 11.8%
1
150 -99.3% 1 150 -99.3%
804
703 14.4% 804 703 14.4%
2527
2174 16.2% 2527 2174 16.2%
1216
1094 11.2% 1216 1094 11.2%
764
1171 -34.8% 764 1171 -34.8%
Total
16,064
16,798 -4.4% 16,064 16,798 -4.4%

Subcompact
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
364
206 76.7% 364 206 76.7%
91
292 -68.8% 91 292 -68.8%
127
559 -77.3% 127 559 -77.3%
863
880 -1.9% 863 880 -1.9%
241
493 -51.1% 241 493 -51.1%
4 -100% 4 -100%
552
416 32.7% 552 416 32.7%
81
115 -29.6% 81 115 -29.6%
247
398 -37.9% 247 398 -37.9%
Total
2566
3363 -23.7% 2566 3363 -23.7%

City Car
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
143
70 104% 143 70 104%
98
118 -16.9% 98 118 -16.9%
459
645 -28.8% 459 645 -28.8%
2 -100% 2 -100%
16
25 -36.0% 16 25 -36.0%
Total
716
860 -16.7% 716 860 -16.7%

Warm Hatches
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
181
51 255% 181 51 255%
37
73 -49.3% 37 73 -49.3%
269
225 19.6% 269 225 19.6%
14
44 -68.2% 14 44 -68.2%
168
74 127% 168 74 127%
Total
669
467 43.3% 669 467 43.3%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
341
184 85.3% 341 184 85.3%
381
377 1.1% 381 377 1.1%
18
19 -5.3% 18 19 -5.3%
112
25 348% 112 25 348%
850
725 17.2% 850 725 17.2%
527
662 -20.4% 527 662 -20.4%
468
527 -11.2% 468 527 -11.2%
171
134 27.6% 171 134 27.6%
2
43 -95.3% 2 43 -95.3%
285
354 -19.5% 285 354 -19.5%
143
341 -58.1% 143 341 -58.1%
402
531 -24.3% 402 531 -24.3%
Total
3700
3922 -5.7% 3700 3922 -5.7%

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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