Canada’s new vehicle market shrunk by 4% compared with August, but September 2011 sales of the Honda Civic were 54% stronger than August’s 3073-unit performance. Admittedly, year-over-year, sales of the new 2012 Honda Civic tanked, down 21% from September 2010’s 5972 sales. But there’s something to be said for deals – previously unheard of ridiculously good deals – that had customers driving away from Honda dealerships in Si-trim Civics they’d leased for less than the cost of a mid-range Honda Fit.
Speaking of the Fit, year-over-year sales plunged 32%. From August, Fit sales dropped 25%. For every Fit sold in Canada last month, 18 Civics were sold. In the United States, Honda sold fewer than three Civics for every Fit.
Sales of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic began in Canada in the latter part of September. Of the 557 Chevrolet subcompacts sold last month only 55 were Sonics. Aveo sales were down 11% as its death neared. Compared to the Cobalt’s 2875 September 2010 sales, Cruze sales were down 24%. Elsewhere among domestics, Ford Focus sales rose 41%, the Dodge Caliber was down 70%, and sales of the Fiat 500 (sold in Chrysler dealers) reached 508. The Fiat wasn’t on sale at this point last year, but compared with August, sales of the Cinquecento slid 18%.
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