Canadian sales of passenger cars slid 3% in March 2016 even as the auto industry as a whole jumped 9%. But compact cars, led by the Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling car in 18 consecutive years, wasn’t nearly so severely hit.
The Civic’s 7% year-over-year increase and the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra’s 33% improvement helped to hold at bay a sharper decline in March. General Motors, Kia, Mitsubishi, and Nissan also posted meaningful gains with their compact cars. Offsetting all those increases, however, was the Dodge Dart’s 43% plunge, a 19% drop in Ford Focus sales, and more pertinently, 34% and 45% dives from the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Jetta.
Among subcompact cars, the Hyundai continued to hold the Accent’s leadership position despite a 22% year-over-year drop.
Overall, subcompact car volume plunged 34% in Canada in March. First-quarter sales in 2016 were down 20%, a loss of 2932 sales.
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Incidentally, two subcompact crossovers based on subcompact cars, both of which weren’t on sale a year ago, combined for 4048 sales in the first-quarter of 2016.
The Honda HR-V leads all subcompact crossovers in year-to-date volume; the Mazda CX-3 ranks second.
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.