January 2013 Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Volcanic Red
The GT, One Of Three Bodystyles That Made The
Elantra Canada's Best-Selling Car In January 2013
Can the Hyundai Elantra end 2013 as Canada's best-selling car? Honda Civic sales slid 49% in January while Elantra sales rose 23%. That loss/gain transition was enough for the Elantra to easily take over the top spot in month numéro un.

We've been in this position before, however. As recently as last February, in fact. But Honda Canada takes the Civic's 15 years of utmost popularity very seriously. Indeed, the Civic's January decline reflects two other months of exceedingly tremendous popularity. Last January, Honda produced a ridiculous 332% year-over-year gain to find 4939 Civic buyers. And a month ago, Honda Canada sold 6666 Civics, more than the next two-best-selling cars combined. (For Toyota to do this with the Camry in the U.S., 47,747 would have needed to be sold in January.)

2013 Ford Fusion Titanium Platinum
The Ford Fusion, Canada's Best-Selling
Midsize Car In January 2013
So did Hyundai Canada do itself proud by making the Elantra the country's best-selling car in January 2013? Of course. Let honour be given. But 2013 is far from over, and January is traditionally the lowest-volume month of the year. Not only should we assume that the Civic will recover, we should allow our minds to consider the fact that history will likely repeat itself. 

Nevertheless, Honda is off the Civic's 2012 pace by 2436 units already. Canada's new vehicle market was down 2.2% in January 2013. Exclude the Civic from the equation, and the market was actually up 0.4%. That tells you two things: first, the Civic is an important part of the market, and two, Civic sales plunged in January.


In the past, GCBC has made exceptions for almost-minivans like the Kia Rondo and Chevrolet Orlando, labelling them as passenger cars for the purposes of Canada's best-selling cars post. But we haven't made exceptions for the Dodge Grand Caravan, Canada's fourth-best-selling vehicle in January 2013, or for the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town & Country, or Honda Odyssey. Those vehicles - the two Chryslers, the Toyota, and the Honda - would rank in the top 20 this month. Sienna sales fell to 620; Town & Country sales rose 226% to 619; Odyssey sales rose 8% to 569, ranking it ahead of the 20th-ranked Kia Forte. The Grand Caravan outsold every vehicle on this list except for the Elantra.

2013 Kia Rio 5-Door Red
The Kia Rio, Canada's Best-Selling
Subcompact In January 2013
Fully 25% of Canada's 20 best-selling cars in January 2013 were Hyundais or Kias. Between the Elantra and Forte bookends, the Sonata ranked third among midsize cars with its best January ever, good enough for tenth spot. The Kia Rio was Canada's leading subcompact, ranking 11th among passenger cars. Hyundai's Accent, the Rio's fraternal twin, was 45 sales back.

Use GCBC's Sales Stats page to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any model. And check back in a few minutes to see Canada's 20 top-selling SUVs and crossovers, and then again for a full list of the pickup trucks on sale in Canada, best sellers and worst sellers alike. For now, get to know Canada's 20 best-selling cars from January 2013.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
January 2013
%
Change
Year 
To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Hyundai Elantra
2956 + 23.2% 2956 + 23.2%
#2
Honda Civic
2503 - 49.3% 2503 - 49.3%
#3
Toyota Corolla
2465 + 5.5% 2465 + 5.5%
#4
Chevrolet Cruze
2136 + 31.9% 2136 + 31.9%
#5
Volkswagen Jetta
1805 + 19.3% 1805 + 19.3%
#6
Mazda 3
1658 - 13.3% 1658 - 13.3%
#7
Ford Focus
1358 - 1.2% 1358 - 1.2%
#8
Ford Fusion
1263 + 84.4% 1263 + 84.4%
#9
Honda Accord
888 + 147% 888 + 147%
#10
Hyundai Sonata
804 + 14.5% 804 + 14.5%
#11
Kia Rio
800 + 24.8% 800 + 24.8%
#12
Toyota Camry
790 - 21.5% 790 - 21.5%
#13
Nissan Sentra
759 + 7.5% 759 + 7.5%
#14
Hyundai Accent
755 - 43.2% 755 - 43.2%
#15
BMW 3-Series
676 - 3.4% 676 - 3.4%
T16
Volkswagen Golf
673 + 2.7% 673 + 2.7%
T16
Toyota Matrix
673 - 9.2% 673 - 9.2%
#18
Chrysler 200
659 + 6.5% 659 + 6.5%
#19
Chevrolet Sonic
601 + 28.1% 601 + 28.1%
#20
Kia Forte
549 - 9.9% 549 - 9.9%
Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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5 comments:

  1. Asian automakers are dominating the compact car market.

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    1. It's better to refer to the actual country of each respective brand rather than generalize..

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    2. koreans and japanese are competing to gain the top spot.

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  2. japanese and koreans are market leaders in compact sedan segment which is the reason for them fighting for top spot while americans are leading the suv midsize cars and truck category.

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  3. midsize cars segment is shrinking in canada with more efficient compact cars coming in market

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