2016 will not go down in Canada as the year of the midsize sedan.
It will go down as yet another year of rapid midsize sedan sales decline.
Canadian sales of midsize cars fell 11% in 2014. Then, compared with 2014’s already lower levels, midsize car sales fell 8% in 2015. Them, compared with 107,000 midsize cars sold in Canada in 2015, sales fell 11% in 2016, a loss of more than 11,000 sales across the segment.
Nearly every contender, including the top-selling Toyota Camry – which claimed best-selling midsize car status for a second consecutive year and the third time in six years – reported fewer sales in calendar year 2016 than in the twelve months of 2015.
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The new Chevrolet Malibu, up 25% but still down 36% from the levels of a decade ago, was Canada’s fourth-best-selling intermediate car in 2016.
The Nissan Altima reported a 6% increase to 7753 units, though after averaging more than 14,600 annual sales over the course of the decade ending in 2013, was hardly an overachiever.
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 sortable, so you can rank midsize cars 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.