December 2012 Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada


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The Chrysler 200, Volkswagen Golf, Chevrolet Orlando, and Kia Rondo all missed out on a top 20 spot in December 2012’s ranking of passenger car sales in Canada. All four of those cars (and mini-minivans) had been present in the November 2012 edition of this post. 

Taking their place in December were the Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Dart, Subaru Impreza, and the tenth-ranked Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The best-selling car in Canada in December was the year end winner, Honda’s Civic. Not since February has any car other than the Civic ended a single month as Canada’s most popular car. Not since 1997 has any car other than the Civic ended the year as Canada’s best-selling car. (Year end rankings for 2012 are upcoming.)

Although it’s been a rough year for Ford’s midsize sedan, as one model was departing and another was slow in arriving, December 2012 likely is the starting point of something very good for Ford Canada. Fusion sales jumped 33% last month, and the Fusion only trailed the surging Honda Accord by 43 sales. Accord sales ended the year up 27% thanks to huge gains in the fourth quarter, gains like December’s 179% year-over-year improvement. 

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
The Hyundai Elantra posted typically strong sales results in December, but the Accent continued a worrying trend, as sales were cut in half and its ranking fell from 11th in November to 20th. The Accent ended December 2012 just 27 sales ahead of the Chevrolet Orlando; just 50 sales ahead of the Volkswagen Golf.

As always, let’s take this opportunity to remind faithful readers and inform new readers that historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all these cars can be accessed by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home. That’s where you’ll find out that Mazda Canada sold 2748 3s in December 2011, and similarly vital statistics. Below, get to know the 20 best-selling cars in Canada from December 2012.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
December 2012
%
Change
2012 
Year End
YTD
% Change
#1
Honda Civic
6666 + 20.7% 64,962 + 17.9%
#2
Hyundai Elantra
3182 + 61.1% 50,950 + 13.3%
#3
Toyota Corolla
2371 – 11.8% 40,906 + 11.6%
#4
Chevrolet Cruze
1986 + 6.0% 32,628 – 3.8%
#5
Volkswagen Jetta
1973 + 22.8% 26,904 + 0.6%
#6
Mazda 3
1655 – 39.8% 39,295 + 5.6%
#7
Ford Focus
1435 – 4.7% 27,936 + 8.5%
#8
Honda Accord
1201 + 179% 9930 + 27.0%
#9
Ford Fusion
1158 + 32.6% 16,698 – 9.3%
#10
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1010 + 6.8% 10,616 + 12.4%
#11
Nissan Sentra
944 + 24.4% 11,008 – 14.5%
#12
BMW 3-Series
940 + 26.7% 11,234 + 0.1%
#13
Toyota Camry
901 – 35.1% 18,203 + 47.6%
#14
Kia Rio
889 + 116% 13,949 + 104%
#15
Subaru Impreza
877 – 24.5% 11,212 + 46.3%
#16
Hyundai Sonata
852 + 19.8% 14,572 – 10.8%
#17
Dodge Dart
849 —– 3460 —–
#18
Toyota Venza
789 —– 11,294 – 14.2%
#19
Mitsubishi Lancer
744 – 5.6% 7519 + 13.4%
#20
Hyundai Accent
696 – 49.9% 22,581 + 1.4%

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

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