December 2012 Top 30 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada


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6.1% of the new vehicles sold in Canada in December 2012 were Honda Civics. Canada’s best-selling car shrunk the Ford F-Series’ normally huge monthly lead to just 361 units in December as sales of the pickup fell 12% and sales of the car grew 21% on a year-over-year basis. Civic sales strengthened as a result of Honda’s updates to the critically-panned (but successful) ninth-gen car and incentives on the outgoing 2012 car. 

Four of Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles in December 2012 were pickups. There was one minivan in the top 30 and eleven SUVs or crossovers. That leaves the Civic and 13 other passenger cars to fill in the gaps. Although the separation between “passenger cars” and “light trucks” isn’t always easy to understand, it’s worth noting that sales of cars rose 3% in Canada in December even as the overall new vehicle market slid 5%. Light trucks, which includes anything from the F-Series to the Dodge Grand Caravan, were down 10.6%. 

Canada December 2012 best-selling vehicles market share chart
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Cars, by their traditional definition, accounted for 46.1% of all new vehicle sales in Canada in 2012. That was up from 44.8% in 2011, when Honda sold 55,090 Civics. Back to the specifics in December, you’ll find that 14 of Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles hailed from Detroit, three wore German badges, four were Korean, and nine were Japanese. Of course, not all the “imports” were assembled abroad. For instance, the Honda Civic is assembled in Alliston, Ontario.

All 262 Vehicles Ranked By 2012 Canadian Sales
As is always the case, by selecting a make and model, you can use the dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle on sale in Canada or the United States. There are pertinent links at the bottom of this post, but you can always select the best sellers list you want here. Below, scan the list of Canada’s 30 best-selling vehicles from December 2012 – the year end edition will be published in a few minutes.

Rank
Vehicle
December 2012
%
Change
2012 
Year End
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford F-Series
7027 – 11.6% 106,358 + 10.4%
#2
Honda Civic
6666 + 20.7% 64,962 + 17.9%
#3
Dodge Ram
5100 + 1.6% 69,255 + 7.7%
#4
Hyundai Elantra
3182 + 61.1% 50,950 + 13.3%
#5
Ford Escape
2781 – 7.3% 44,099 – 0.3%
#6
GMC Sierra
2750 – 30.2% 42,712 – 8.5%
#7
Dodge Grand Caravan
2515 – 15.4% 51,552 – 3.5%
#8
Toyota Corolla
2371 – 11.8% 40,906 + 11.6%
#9
Chevrolet Silverado
2352 – 37.9% 35,943 – 11.3%
#10
Chevrolet Cruze
1986 + 6.0% 32,628 – 3.8%
#11
Volkswagen Jetta
1973 + 22.8% 26,904 + 0.6%
#12
Hyundai Santa Fe
1971 + 108% 23,394 – 3.0%
#13
Honda CR-V
1959 + 4.6% 33,339 + 33.0%
#14
Mazda 3
1655 – 39.8% 39,295 + 5.6%
#15
Dodge Journey
1578 – 17.7% 28,888 – 0.5%
#16
Toyota RAV4
1487 – 34.9% 25,942 + 20.4%
#17
Ford Focus
1435 – 4.7% 27,936 + 8.5%
#18
Honda Accord
1201 + 179% 9930 + 27.0%
#19
Ford Fusion
1158 + 32.6% 16,698 – 9.3%
#20
Chevrolet Equinox
1048 – 34.5% 20,390 – 9.2%
#21
Kia Sorento
1022 + 7.2% 14,031 – 7.1%
#22
Ford Edge
1011 – 10.7% 18,837 + 20.5%
#23
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1010 + 6.8% 10,616 + 12.4%
#24
Jeep Wrangler
988 + 27.0% 18,996 + 21.5%
#25
Nissan Sentra
944 + 24.4% 11,008 – 14.5%
#26
BMW 3-Series
940 + 26.7% 11,234 + 0.1%
#27
Nissan Rogue
923 – 32.6% 14,329 + 1.0%
#28
GMC Terrain
901 + 8.7% 12,302 + 4.1%
#29
Toyota Camry
901 – 35.1% 18,203 + 47.6%
#30
Kia Rio
889 + 116% 13,949 + 104%

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

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