Did you see it coming? Did you expect the all-new ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu would be so well-received that a car which ranked sixth in the category a year ago would soar to the top of the podium in March 2016?
The Malibu recorded a 73% year-over-year gain in March, presumably helped along by sweetheart deals on remaining eighth-gen Malibus. Toyota’s Camry, the best-selling midsize car in Canada in 2015 and during the first-quarter of 2016, finished only 13 sales back of the Malibu in March.
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You could almost call it a draw. Camry volume jumped 50%, year-over-year.
Despite their gains and the 11% Honda Accord uptick and the Kia Optima’s 27% improvement, overall midsize car volume slid 6% in a booming new vehicle market. Canadian new vehicle volume rose 9% last month. March midsize car sales fell by 569 units.
Outside the midsize mainstream, GM Canada reported the Chevrolet Volt’s best month ever. Toyota Prius sales reached a 41-month high.
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.