September 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada


2012 BMW 3-Series red cornering

In one fell swoop BMW Canada laughed at my article in Sympatico Autos, sneered at Mercedes-Benz, and landed the 3-Series among the top 10 best-selling cars in Canada in September 2012. 

3-Series sales shot up 51% in September, and while still off last year’s pace, 3er sales are clearly on the way back to healthy levels. 3-Series sales rose 13% in August after falling 29% in July.

Aside from the Bimmer, every other car on September’s list of Canada’s 20 best-selling cars were from mainstream brands. The leading subcompact was Hyundai’s eighth-ranked Accent. The Accent’s Kia cousin was only four spots back. Combined sales of the Accent and Rio hit 3126, exceeding what Chevrolet accomplished with the Cruze. Canada’s best-selling midsize car in September was the Toyota Camry, sales of which rose 38%. 315 of the 1490 Camrys sold were hybrids. The Camry’s ninth-place finish was its best since March.

Canada’s best-selling small car, second-best-selling vehicle, and the country’s most popular car overall was the Honda Civic. Hyundai had a particularly strong sales month with the Elantra, but the dominant Honda pulled through and even beat Dodge’s Ram by 50 units. February 2012 was the Elantra’s last month on top. In fact, February was the last month any car other than the Civic was Canada’s best-selling car.

Historical monthly and yearly sales results for 282 different vehicles can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. The U.S. version of this post was published eight days ago; the UK version six days ago. Pertinent best seller links are clickable at the bottom of this post, after you can the list of Canada’s 20 best-selling cars from September 2012.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
September 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Honda Civic
5782 + 22.3% 48,194 + 27.6%
#2
Hyundai Elantra
5221 + 40.5% 39,385 + 7.5%
#3
Mazda 3
4278 + 37.7% 32,380 + 12.5%
#4
Toyota Corolla
3271 + 11.8% 32,041 + 16.1%
#5
Chevrolet Cruze
2982 + 35.7% 25,301 – 7.2%
#6
Volkswagen Jetta
2677 + 11.4% 19,690 – 6.1%
#7
Ford Focus
2469 + 7.4% 21,770 + 4.0%
#8
Hyundai Accent
1677 – 17.0% 19,457 + 9.2%
#9
Toyota Camry
1490 + 37.8% 14,659 + 68.9%
#10
BMW 3-Series
1487 + 51.0% 8384 – 5.3%
#11
Kia Forte
1449 + 24.8% 12,452 + 7.2%
#12
Kia Rio
1338 + 128% 11,109 + 109%
#13
Ford Fusion
1201 – 0.7% 13,316 – 12.7%
#14
Toyota Matrix
1123 – 28.2% 10,653 – 3.3%
#15
Nissan Versa
1116 + 21.6% 9888 – 12.6%
#16
Volkswagen Golf
1100 – 23.5% 10,496 – 5.2%
#17
Nissan Altima
1016 + 35.1% 10,729 + 4.3%
#18
Chrysler 200
969 + 8.8% 11,780 + 99.7%
#19
Hyundai Sonata
960 – 35.6% 11,790 – 11.6%
#20
Toyota Yaris
898 + 2.9% 8593 + 46.0%

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

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