Canadian sales of compact cars tumbled 10% in August 2016 as segment leaders from Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen all lost volume compared with August 2015.
Year-to-date, the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, Canada’s two best-selling cars that were both launched as all-new models for 2016, own 35% of the Canadian compact car market, up from 31% a year ago.
A former top Honda Civic rival, the Mazda 3, has seen its share of the segment fall from 11% two years ago to 8% this year.
Subcompact cars took a slightly harder hit in August. Sales of the Hyundai Accent-led category fell 12%, or 746 units, despite a huge uptick in sales of the category leader. Year-to-date, the Accent and its Kia Rio partner own 46% of the subcompact category.
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Among niche small cars, Mini Cooper sales are on the rise but retro hatches from Fiat and Volkswagen, the 500 and Beetle, are in decline. Fiat 500 volume is down by seven-tenths.
Among city cars, Chevrolet Spark sales are surging along with sales of the Smart Fortwo, but Nissan Micra and Mitsubishi Mirage volume is in decline.
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. Mobile users can now thumb across the tables for full-width access.