Small Car Sales In Canada – March 2017


2017 Honda Civic hatchback grey

Canada’s car market isn’t dying. 

Certain cars are experiencing a downturn that will likely lead to their deaths. But because of the strength of the best-selling cars in Canada – the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla – Canada’s compact car market grew in size in the first-quarter of 2017 and jumped 5% in March 2017, specifically.

Canada small car sales chart March 2017
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Both the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla folded hatchback bodystyles into their lineups for the 2017 model year. With those cars helping out, the Civic and Corolla are on track for their best annual sales performances ever. 

Honda has already sold 15,396 Civics in Canada this year. Consider this: in all of calendar year 2016, only nine other car nameplates sold more copies than the Honda Civic managed in the first-quarter of this year.

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 • April 2017 • February 2017March 2016

Compact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD

Change
230
215 7.0% 463 488 -5.1%
348
701 -50.4% 925 1272 -27.3%
2916
2294 27.1% 5587 5695 -1.9%
27
232 -88.4% 262 457 -42.7%
1119
1317 -15.0% 2787 3049 -8.6%
8145
5943 37.1% 15,396 12,519 23.0%
3723
5692 -34.6% 8057 11,578 -30.4%
1623
1047 55.0% 3015 2468 22.2%
2996
2457 21.9% 5990 5188 15.5%
493
625 -21.1% 1235 1660 -25.6%
1750
1534 14.1% 3581 3532 1.4%
626 -100% 1 979 -99.9%
1340
889 50.7% 3084 2162 42.6%
4778
3634 31.5% 10,774 8351 29.0%
1645
2038 -19.3% 3952 4202 -5.9%
1196
1667 -28.3% 2932 3911 -25.0%
Total
32,329
30,911 4.6% 68,041 67,511 0.8%

Subcompact
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
388
436 -11.0% 898 852 5.4%
163
356 -54.2% 374 923 -59.5%
351
732 -52.0% 653 1781 -63.3%
1145
1268 -9.7% 2556 2827 -9.6%
333
731 -54.4% 808 1711 -52.8%
27 -100%
1034
632 63.6% 2052 1524 34.6%
109
126 -13.5% 275 508 -45.9%
568
748 -24.1% 1063 1673 -36.5%
Total
4091
5029 -18.7% 8679 11,826 -26.6%

City Car
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
222
235 -5.5% 553 422 31.0%
221
451 -51.0% 454 694 -34.6%
875
1184 -26.1% 1688 2536 -33.4%
2 -100%
43
263 -83.7% 93 480 -80.6%
Total
1361
2133 -36.2% 2788 4134 -32.6%

Warm Hatches
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
180
113 59.3% 453 232 95.3%
380
117 225% 609 265 130%
423
440 -3.9% 1062 946 12.3%
12
103 -88.3% 40 192 -79.2%
324
359 -9.7% 700 572 22.4%
Total
1319
1132 16.5% 2864 2207 29.8%

Tall Hatchbacks 
& Crossovers
March
2017
March
2016
%
Change
2017
YTD
2016
YTD
%
Change
672
363 85.1% 1485 743 99.9%
978
1019 -4.0% 1836 1823 0.7%
4
38 -89.5% 22 90 -75.6%
211
79 67.1% 336 125 169%
1475
817 80.5% 3307 2031 62.8%
917
861 6.5% 2111 2059 2.5%
843
851 -0.9% 1829 2017 -9.3%
243
250 -2.8% 590 552 6.9%
87
55 58.2% 94 153 -38.6%
504
524 -3.8% 1191 1275 -6.6%
261
423 -38.3% 586 997 -41.2%
13 -100% 47 -100%
674
788 -14.5% 1506 1829 -17.7%
Total
6869
6081 13.0% 14,893 13,741 8.4%

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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