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.
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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.