2012 Year End Top 25 Best-Selling Cars In Canada

2013 Honda Civic Sedan LX Crimson Red
For The 15th Consecutive Year, The Honda Civic
Was Canada's Best-Selling Car In 2012
With its highest volume since 2008, the Honda Civic maintained its crown as Canada's best-selling car in 2012. The Civic's nearest rival, a direct competitor in every way, was 14,012 sales behind. That car, the Hyundai Elantra, found 14% of its volume from the outgoing Touring model. 

Overall Elantra volume was up by 5980 units in 2012; 2011 volume had risen by 10,414 units. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of improved Elantra sales in Canada.

Rounding out the podium was the Toyota Corolla, knocking last year's third-place car into fourth spot with a slim 1611-unit advantage. Mazda 3 sales rose 5.6% in 2012, but it's 11,022 sales off 2008's pace and 8445 sales off 2010's pace. 

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Sparkling Ruby
Canada's #2 Car, The Hyundai Elantra
The best-selling American brand car in Canada was the Chevrolet Cruze, despite a 3.8% decline. Ford's Focus, the sixth-best-selling car in Canada, was 4692 sales behind the Cruze, having ended 2011 8164 sales back.

Canada's top-selling European car in 2012 was the Mexican-made Volkswagen Jetta. Volkswagen reported five consecutive year-over-year increases to end 2012, enough to generate a year-over-year gain of 0.6% compared with 2011. The next-best-selling European car was Volkswagen's own Golf, which includes sales of the wagon that Americans know as the Jetta SportWagen. The two next-best-selling European cars are from premium brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz: the 3-Series and the 26th-best-selling C-Class. The C-Class ranked 10th in December's standings. The 3-Series ranked 10th in September.

2013 Toyota Corolla Barcelona Red
Canada's #3 Car, The Toyota Corolla
Canada's most popular midsize car in 2012 was the Toyota Camry, sales of which shot up 47.6% from 2011's 12,334-unit total. The Camry might have trouble hanging on to that title in 2013. Canadian sales of the Honda Accord were surging at the end of 2012 as the ninth-gen car took hold. The Accord outsold the Camry in October, November, and December. Ford's Fusion also came on strong in December - its recent Astonesque redesign is turning heads.

Join the Subaru Impreza with its XV Crosstrek offshoot and the combo's 13,217 sales would push the Subie  of the Toyota Matrix to grab the 16th position. Among cars in this top 25, only three posted worse year-over-year declines than the Matrix, which sold about half as often as it did in 2005. One was another Toyota: Venza volume dropped 14.2%. The other two were Nissans: Sentra and Versa volume fell 14.5% and 13.9%, respectively.

You can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle by selecting a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats home. GoodCarBadCar.net will post plenty more information about 2012's Canadian auto sales results in the coming days, and already has done so today: Canada's 25 best-selling SUVs and 15 best-selling trucks were published earlier; brands were ranked by 2012 volume last week.

But in the table below, you'll found what you've been looking for. These were the 25 best-selling cars in Canada in 2012.

Best-Selling Car
% Change
Honda Civic
64,96255,090+ 17.9%
Hyundai Elantra
50,95044,970+ 13.3%
Toyota Corolla
40,90636,663+ 11.6%
Mazda 3
39,29537,224+ 5.6%
Chevrolet Cruze
32,62833,900- 3.8%
Ford Focus
27,93625,736+ 8.5%
Volkswagen Jetta
26,90426,749+ 0.6%
Hyundai Accent
22,58122,280+ 1.4%
Toyota Camry
18,20312,334+ 47.6%
Ford Fusion
16,69818,404- 9.3%
Kia Forte
14,85613,984+ 6.2%
Hyundai Sonata
14,57216,343- 10.8%
Chrysler 200
14,1257474 + 89.0%
Kia Rio
13,9496849+ 104%
Volkswagen Golf
13,29813,919- 4.5%
Toyota Matrix
12,98214,895- 12.8%
Nissan Altima
12,79312,537+ 2.0%
Nissan Versa
12,47614,497- 13.9%
Kia Optima
11,9922187+ 448%
Ford Fiesta
11,81713,064- 9.5%
Toyota Venza
11,29413,159- 14.2%
BMW 3-Series
11,23411,226+ 0.1%
Subaru Impreza
11,2127664+ 46.3%
Nissan Sentra
11,00812,880- 14.5%
Toyota Yaris
10,9557968+ 37.5%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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