Canadian sales of compact cars slid 7% in 2016 as even the top-selling car – Honda’s Civic, the best-selling car in Canada in 19 consecutive years – posted a sales loss in the first year of its all-new tenth-gen iteration.
Civic market share increased, of course, as its rate of decline was far less severe than the rate of decline across the category. The sentiment is the same with the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra (up 2%) and third-ranked Toyota Corolla (down 3%.) But the Mazda 3, Chevrolet Cruze, and Volkswagen Jetta combined to lose 19,000 sales.
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Canadian sales of subcompact cars tumbled 13% in 2016 as consumers increasingly saw the benefit of spending very little more on a compact car, and getting measurably more space, greater refinement, more power, and scarcely worse fuel consumption.
The Hyundai Accent, down 1% in 2016, led the subcompact category.
Of course, across both sectors, consumers are swiftly turning to SUVs/crossovers when it comes time to acquire a new car. While car sales in Canada slid 7% in 2016, the auto industry as a whole jumped 3% to record heights. SUV/crossover volume rose 10% as utility vehicles outsold cars by a margin of 1.2-to-1.
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.