Canadian sales of passenger cars fell 8% in April 2016 and tumbled 5% through the first four months of the year.
Midst the explosive growth in the auto industry as a whole, the passenger car’s share of the Canadian auto market plunged five points from 39% in the first-third of 2015 to 34% in the first four months of 2016.
But Canada’s two best-selling cars, newly launched over the winter, are selling more often this year than last.
The Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling car in 18 consecutive years, and the Hyundai Elantra, Canada’s second-best-selling car in each of the last four years, now own 17% of the Canadian car market, up from 14% a year ago.
Taking the brunt of a turn away from cars toward SUVs and crossovers are top sellers from Mazda, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, and Ford. The 3, Cruze, Jetta, and Focus combined to lose more than 8000 sales already this year.
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Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada & ANDC * Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ² Total Prius Family sales: up 39% to 739 in April; down 13% to 2015 YTD. † Mini Cooper includes sales of the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, Roadster, and Paceman. ‡ Total Genesis sales: up 6% to 266 in April, down 23% to 770 YTD. ¤ Automakers release sales figures for the E-Class and CLS-Class and the Passat and CC together. (April’s Passat breakdown, sourced by ANDC, is not confirmed by Volkswagen.) º Audi’s A4 sales data includes sales of the Allroad. Sales data for brands such as Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands in 2016’s first four months were 20, 72, 56, and 28 units, respectively. Total Maserati volume is reported, but not by specific models. It is believed that Tesla sold 460 copies of their Model S during the first three months of 2016.