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Overall Canada Auto Industry Sales Figures

Overall Canada Auto Industry Sales Figures

Check out the Monthly & Annual Unit Growth of the Canadian Automotive Market

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Annual Sales & Dollars Growth
Every Month Report (Units)
Every Month Report (Dollars)
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Canada Auto Industry Sales Analysis

Here you will find Canadian sales figures for the overall auto industry. This top level report is not broken out by manufacturer, brand or model. This report is designed to show you the size of the total Canadian automotive market in both unit terms and dollar terms. It includes both trucks and passenger vehicles. The raw data can be found at Statistics Canada.

We have two main tables, one that breaks out all Canadian vehicle sales by month since 1946 and one that summarizes the annual numbers since 1976.

The Canadian market has had huge growth in total vehicle sales over the last 60 years. On average between 1946 and 2018 the automotive market has grown 4.9% per year. The worst year was 1982 where sales declined 23% and the most growth came in 1946 at 92%.

In 1946 Canadians bought 120,000 new vehicles whereas in 2017 they bought just under 2.1 million cars. As expected the late 1940s and 1950s saw a big increase in the growth rate of new car purchases as Canadians became more mobile and the economy grew post WWII.

The early 1970s and 1980s saw big growth increases with almost 20% unit growth early in both decades. After that growth hovered between 1 and 5% for the next few decades up until recently. As expected there was a big dip during the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008 but then things picked up again into 2009 and 2010 and haven’t looked back. There was some softness in 2018 with a 2% decline in new unit sales.

Canada Total Automotive Growth Chart

Below is the unit volume sales and unit growth rate of the vehicle industry in the United States.

Canada Market Total Automotive Sales Annually

Below we have a table that shows US Automotive sales since 2005. This data captures both trucks and passenger car sales. We found a great data source in U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and were able to aggregate the data into the below format. We have US automotive sales data at the unit sales level for passenger cars and light trucks.

Canada Market Total Automotive Sales Units Monthly

Below we have a table that shows United States Automotive sales since 2005 broken out by month. This is on a unit basis. This is new vehicle sales in the US since 2005, including passenger cars, commercial vans and light trucks.

Data Source

Data Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  20-10-0001-01   New motor vehicle sales