Small Car Sales In Canada – February 2017


2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

Canadian compact car sales dipped only slightly in February 2017, falling 1% in a car market that – outside the compact arena – was down 5%. Compact cars, led by the surging Honda Civic, formed 52% of Canada’s passenger car market in February; 51% year-to-date.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – February 2017 YTD
Canada Car Sales By Model – February 2017 YTD

Though consumers are quickly fleeing cars and heading for the hills in SUVs and crossovers, compact cars have not been nearly as sorely afflicted as midsize cars. Much of the credit goes to the top tier candidates, and not just the Civic. Toyota Corolla sales are up 27% this year, for instance, and Mazda 3 sales are rebounding modestly, as well.

Canada small car sales chart February 2017
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Midsize cars, on the other hand, are down 12% in Canada this year, and subcompact cars have fallen by a third, tumbling 33% to only 4588 units through the end of February. 

That’s a loss of 2209 sales in just two months for nine cars. The Civic and Corolla, on their own, have each easily outsold the whole Canadian compact car category.

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 • March 2017 • January 2017February 2016

Compact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
128
147 -12.9% 233 273 -14.7%
273
307 -11.1% 577 571 1.1%
1535
1945 -21.1% 2671 3401 -21.5%
56
112 -50.0% 235 225 4.4%
845
907 -6.8% 1668 1732 -3.7%
3921
2868 36.7% 7251 6576 10.3%
2659
3793 -29.9% 4334 5886 -26.4%
818
971 -15.8% 1392 1421 -2.0%
1555
1450 7.2% 2994 2731 9.6%
361
566 -36.2% 742 1035 -28.3%
1025
1277 -19.7% 1831 1998 -8.4%
203 -100% 1 353 -99.7%
940
570 64.9% 1744 1273 37.0%
3469
2543 36.4% 5996 4717 27.1%
1091
1070 2.0% 2307 2164 6.6%
972
1073 -9.4% 1736 2244 -22.6%
Total
19,648
19,802
-0.8% 35,712
36,600
-2.4%

Subcompact
Feb.
2017
Feb.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
146
210 -30.5% 510 416 22.6%
120
275 -56.4% 211 567 -62.8%
175
490 -64.3% 302 1049 -71.2%
548
679 -19.3% 1411 1559 -9.5%
234
487 -52.0% 475 980 -51.5%
23 -100% 27 -100%
466
476 -2.1% 1018 892 14.1%
85
267 -68.2% 166 382 -56.5%
248
527 -52.9% 495 925 -46.5%
Total
2022
3434
-41.1% 4588
6797
-32.5%

City Car
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
188
117 60.7% 331 187 77.0%
135
125 8.0% 233 243 -4.1%
354
707 -49.9% 813 1352 -39.9%
2 -100%
34
192 -82.3% 50 217 -77.0%
Total
711
1141
-37.7% 1427
2001
-28.7%

Warm Hatches
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
92
68 35.3% 273 119 129%
192
75 156% 229 148 54.7%
370
281 31.7% 639 506 26.3%
14
45 -68.9% 28 89 -68.5%
208
139 49.6% 376 213 76.5%
Total
876
608
44.1% 1545
1075
43.7%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
Jan.
2017
Jan.
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
472
196 141% 813 380 114%
477
427 11.7% 858 804 6.7%
33 -100% 18 52 -65.4%
13
21 -38.1% 125 46 172%
982
489 101% 1832 1214 50.9%
667
536 24.4% 1194 1198 -0.3%
518
639 -18.9% 986 1166 -15.4%
176
168 4.8% 347 302 14.9%
5
55 -90.9% 7 98 -92.9%
402
397 1.3% 687 751 -8.5%
182
233 -21.9% 325 574 -43.4%
10 -100% 34 -100%
430
510 -15.7% 832 1041 -20.1%
Total
4324
3714 16.4% 8024 7660 4.8%

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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