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Canadian sales of subcompact cars tumbled 31% in April 2015, a loss of 3548 sales compared with April 2014. 

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2015 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model – April 2015 YTD

This wasn’t simply an issue of certain vehicles declining so sharply that the improvements among others were overwhelmed. No, every single car in the core subcompact category – Sonic, Fiesta, Fit, Accent, Rio, 2, Versa, Prius C, and Yaris – posted noteworthy year-over-year sales declines.

Many of their bigger brethren did not fare poorly. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Nissan Sentra increased, as did sales of the Buick Verano, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf.

Canada small car sales chart April 2015
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But the subcompact group, from the best-selling Hyundai Accent to the about-to-be-replaced Mazda 2, suffered decreases. Perhaps April 2014’s strong showing was simply not worthy of comparison. Sales at this time a year ago jumped 43%. Except even in comparison with April from two years ago, sales last month fell 6%. 

The decline among these conventional subcompacts plus sliding Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Chevrolet Spark, and Mitsubishi Mirage – among others – pulled the Canadian passenger car market back from what could have been an impressive month. Car sales in Canada were up 3% in April 2015, but other volume categories posted massive upticks. Full-size, volume brand cars were up 61%; midsize cars rose 17%. Even the compact category that struggled so in the first-quarter of 2015 was up 2% last month.

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.

Click Column Headers To Sort • April 2016 • May 2015 • March 2015April 2014

Compact
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD

Change
281
301 -6.6% 683 783 -12.8%
780
724 7.7% 1679 1861 -9.8%
4175
3900 7.1% 9210 10,816 -14.8%
231
617 -62.6% 1306 2357 -44.6%
2303
2877 -20.0% 5606 6777 -17.3%
5634
4643 21.3% 16,092 17,050 -5.6%
4736
4681 1.2% 14,292 15,054 -5.1%
1169
1206 -3.1% 2929 3486 -16.0%
4233
4239 -0.1% 11,610 12,525 -7.3%
543
661 -17.9% 1643 2059 -20.2%
1510
1200 25.8% 4798 4348 10.3%
1293
1088 18.8% 3460 3030 14.2%
5456
5620 -2.9% 14,483 14,782 -2.0%
801 -100% 295 2160 -86.3%
1995
253 689% 6546 972 573%
2996
3761 -20.3% 9437 9940 -5.1%
Total
37,335
36,572 2.1% 104,069 108,000 -3.6%

Subcompact
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
948
1202 -21.1% 2027 2778 -27.0%
439
1099 -60.1% 1308 2663 -50.9%
1181
1635 -27.8% 3682 3090 19.2%
2310
2383 -3.1% 5531 6268 -11.8%
1055
1880 -43.9% 3417 4537 -24.7%
141
354 -60.2% 427 860 -50.3%
913
1824 -49.9% 2954 4815 -38.7%
220
290 -24.1% 1063 691 53.8%
784
872 -10.1% 2340 2356 -0.7%
Total
7991
11,539 -30.7% 22,749 28,058 -18.9%

City Car
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
45
155 -71.0% 268 784 -65.8%
488
577 -15.4% 1281 1376 -6.9%
1240
201 517% 3690 201 1736%
23
56 -58.9% 72 149 -51.7%
66
102 -35.3% 191 560 -65.9%
Total
1862
1091 70.7% 5502 3070 79.2%

Warm Hatches
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
345
808 -57.3% 864 2187 -60.5%
308
508 -39.4% 1075 1127 -4.6%
551
287 92.0% 1438 691 108%
114
134 -14.9% 336 316 6.3%
398
288 38.2% 851 644 32.1%
Total
1716
2025 -15.3% 4564 4965 -8.1%

Tall Hatchbacks & Crossovers
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
437
481 -9.1% 1291 1745 -26.0%
813
855 -4.9% 1797 2303 -22.0%
264
450 -41.3% 857 1018 -15.8%
1142
1040 9.8% 3612 2859 26.3%
233
199 17.1% 663 892 -25.7%
111
133 -16.5% 297 499 -40.5%
463
613 -24.5% 1522 1837 -17.1%
1 -100% 2 12 -83.3%
458
477 -4.0% 1408 1288 9.3%
156
72 117% 366 203 80.3%
23 -100% 27 95 -71.6%
797
740 7.7% 2333 2089 11.7%
Total
4874
5084 -4.1% 14,175 14,840 -4.5%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown.
This post was updated at 11:44 AM on 05.13.2015 with correct YTD YOY % figures for the Mini Cooper.
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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