Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada – January 2012


2012 Honda CR-V RealTime 4WD

Before delving back in to January 2012’s U.S. auto sales story for another five posts (before again returning to January 2012’s Canadian auto sales story), reviewing Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles from the first full month of winter seems like a good idea. 

Speaking of winter, consider the fact that 19 of Canada’s 30 most popular vehicles in January are available with a system that drives all four wheels. In the case of the Subaru Impreza and a handful of others, all-wheel drive is standard equipment. The Honda CR-V’s Real Time AWD, pictured above, is not. This doesn’t mean Canadians don’t favour four-wheel drive vehicles in the summer, and it certainly doesn’t mean that 63% of the vehicles on this list (58,795 sales in total) were sold with four-wheel drive systems in January. 19 out of 30 is just an interesting statistic.

Perhaps of greater importance is the desire of Canadians to do as other Canadians do, or in this case, to buy as other Canadians buy. The 20 best-selling vehicles in Canada accounted for 48.8% of all new vehicles sold in Canada in January 2012. That means approximately 7% of the nameplates were responsible for approximately half of all new vehicle sales. Between the Ford F-Series and Honda Civic, more than one out of every ten new vehicle acquisitions were already spoken for.

Year-over-year, Canada’s new vehicle market rose 15% in January. That is a 13,036 increase in the number of new vehicles sold compared with January 2011. 3797 of those extra sales came from Canada’s best-selling car, the Honda Civic. Another 1205 came from Canada’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series. 38% of the growth in Canada’s new vehicle market stemmed from Canada’s two best-selling vehicles. 

Not that Natural Resources Canada’s fuel efficiency ratings are accurate, but it is interesting to note that the fuel savings afforded by the Honda Civic, Canada’s number two vehicle, compared with the Ford F-150 EcoBoost 4×4, representative of Canada’s top seller, is over $1000.

Relevant links to other best seller posts can be clicked at the bottom of this post, below a market share chart which shows the dominance of Canada’s 20 best-selling vehicles. Use the dropdown menu at the top right of this page or on the Sales Stats page to access monthly and yearly sales figures for every model on sale in North America.

Rank
Best-Selling Vehicle
January 2012
%
Change
#1
Ford F-Series
6579 + 22.4%
#2
Honda Civic
4939 + 333%
#3
Dodge Ram
4451 + 16.1%
#4
Dodge Grand Caravan
3534 – 20.1%
#5
Hyundai Elantra
2399 – 9.2%
#6
GMC Sierra
2338 – 18.4%
#7
Toyota Corolla
2337 + 8.9%
#8
Ford Escape
2209 – 25.6%
#9
Chevrolet Silverado
2079 – 17.4%
#10
Dodge Journey
1951 + 10.6%
#11
Honda CR-V
1930 + 127%
#12
Mazda 3
1912 + 13.2%
#13
Chevrolet Cruze
1619 + 10.1%
#14
Volkswagen Jetta
1513 + 2.9%
#15
Toyota RAV4
1428 + 34.5%
#16
Ford Focus
1374 + 7.5%
#17
Hyundai Santa Fe
1365 + 9.8%
#18
Hyundai Accent
1329 + 52.9%
#19
Chevrolet Equinox
1261 – 16.3%
#20
Nissan Rogue
1071 + 18.0%
#21
Toyota Camry
1007 + 169%
#22
Jeep Grand Cherokee
999 + 31.6%
#23
Kia Sorento
924 – 1.6%
#24
Subaru Impreza
915 + 71.0%
#25
Ford Edge
910 + 21.2%
#26
Hyundai Tucson
899 – 16.8%
#27
Nissan Altima
863 + 8.3%
#28
Toyota Venza
791 + 33.2%
#29
Toyota Matrix
741 – 45.5%
#30
Jeep Wrangler
729 + 42.4%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

Canada best selling vehicles market share chart January 2012

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