2012 Year End Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada


2013 Volkswagen Jetta Tornado Red
The Volkswagen Jetta Ranked
13th In 2011 But 15th In 2012

48.1% of the new vehicles sold in Canada in 2012 came from the 20 nameplates at the top of the list you see below. On this list of Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles, you’ll find eight models from Hyundai-Kia, five from the Chrysler Group, five from the Ford Motor Company, four from General Motors, three Toyotas, two Hondas, and one car each from Mazda, Volkswagen, and Nissan.

By the ANDC’s count, 46.1% of the new vehicles sold in Canada in 2012 were passenger cars, up from 44.8% in 2011. FoMoCo, Chrysler, and General Motors were responsible for 44.5% of the Canadian auto industry’s volume in 2012, down from 47.2% in 2011. Honda and Toyota, along with their sub-brands, grew their Canadian market share to 20.3% in 2012 from 18% in 2011, nearly accounting for all of the Detroit Three’s lost market share.

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
That’s the industry covered. Moving back to this list of the 30 best-selling vehicles in 2012, you will once again see the Ford F-Series riding high at the top. Although the Ford brand was up just 0.8% in 2012 and the overall Ford Motor Company posted the narrowest of gains, F-Series volume rocketed to unheard of levels. Sales rose 10.4% to 106,358, the first time any vehicle line has ever found more than 100,000 new owners in a single calendar year in Canada. Ram also sold more copies of its, er… Ram Pickup than ever before. Read more about Canada’s best-selling trucks here.

2012 Canada 30 best-selling vehicles market share chart
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Honda Civic sales rose 18% in 2012 – Civic sales haven’t been this high since 2008. But it’s worth keeping in mind that Honda Canada sold more than 70,000 Civics in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Competition is fierce, and while the Civic has lost market share, it doesn’t appear likely that Canada’s most popular car is about to lose that title. The fifth-ranked Hyundai Elantra, Canada’s second-ranked car, did happen to have its best year on record in 2012, however. Read more about Canada’s best-selling cars here.

Despite its 0.3% slide, the Ford Escape was still clearly Canada’s best-selling SUV in 2012. 10,760 units back sits the 11th-ranked Honda CR-V, sales of which shot up 33% in 2012 to 33,339. Honda sold as many CR-Vs in 2012 as in 2004 and 2005 combined. The Escape was both buoyed and let down by its model transition in 2012: deals on the outgoing model helped; so did the introduction of a new model. But the new model isn’t to every buyer’s taste, and the first-gen Escape was ancient. Ford will likely hold the best-selling SUV crown again in 2013 – it’s the dominant player in Canada – but the surging Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Canada’s desire to promote best seller status could be important factors to consider. Read more about Canada’s best-selling SUVs here.

2013 Mazda 3 Sport hatchback Velocity Red
The Mazda 3 Hung On To
9th Place In 2012’s Results

Compared with 2011, there are three cars you won’t see on this year’s top 30 list. Ranked 21st last year, the Ford Ranger entered the death zone in 2012. Sales of last year’s 26th-ranked Toyota Matrix fell a further 13% in 2012. 2011’s 27th-ranked Nissan Versa suffered a 14% decline in 2012. The Matrix and Versa were Canada’s 32nd and 34th-best-selling vehicles, respectively, in 2012. Stepping in to fill the void left by these three vehicles were the Toyota Camry, Chrysler 200, and Kia Rio.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle currently on sale in Canada or the United States can always be accessed by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home. Popularity is examined at the Best Sellers page. This list of Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles will soon be expanded to include every single different vehicle sold in Canada in 2012, including the one Chevrolet Cobalt and all four Kia Borregos.

Rank
Best-Selling Vehicle
2012
2011
% Change
#1
Ford F-Series
106,358 96,325 + 10.4%
#2
Dodge Ram
69,255 64,297 + 7.7%
#3
Honda Civic
64,962 55,090 + 17.9%
#4
Dodge Grand Caravan
51,552 53,406 – 3.5%
#5
Hyundai Elantra
50,950 44,970 + 13.3%
#6
Ford Escape
44,099 44,248 – 0.3%
#7
GMC Sierra
42,712 46,680 – 8.5%
#8
Toyota Corolla
40,906 36,663 + 11.6%
#9
Mazda 3
39,295 37,224 + 5.6%
#10
Chevrolet Silverado
35,943 40,523 – 11.3%
#11
Honda CR-V
33,339 25,076 + 33.0%
#12
Chevrolet Cruze
32,628 33,900 – 3.8%
#13
Dodge Journey
28,888 29,021 – 0.5%
#14
Ford Focus
27,936 25,736 + 8.5%
#15
Volkswagen Jetta
26,904 26,749 + 0.6%
#16
Toyota RAV4
25,942 21,550 + 20.4%
#17
Hyundai Santa Fe
23,394 24,121 – 3.0%
#18
Hyundai Accent
22,581 22,280 + 1.4%
#19
Chevrolet Equinox
20,390 22,468 – 9.2%
#20
Jeep Wrangler
18,996 15,636 + 21.5%
#21
Ford Edge
18,837 15,633 + 20.5%
#22
Toyota Camry
18,203 12,334 + 47.6%
#23
Ford Fusion
16,698 18,404 – 9.3%
#24
Kia Forte
14,856 13,984 + 6.2%
#25
Hyundai Sonata
14,572 16,343 – 10.8%
#26
Nissan Rogue
14,329 14,191 + 1.0%
#27
Chrysler 200
14,125 7474 + 89.0%
#28
Kia Sorento
14,031 15,105 – 7.1%
#29
Hyundai Tucson
13,969 14,309 – 2.4%
#30
Kia Rio
13,949 6849 + 104%

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

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