Midsize Car Sales In Canada - December 2013 And 2013 Year End

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Regaining the title it held as recently as 2011, the Ford Fusion was the best-selling car in Canada in 2013. But it hasn't been lately.

Halfway through the year, the Fusion led the second-ranked Toyota Camry by 2096 sales, having posted a big 2194-unit June result. One month later, after another 2000+ month for the Fusion, the Camry had fallen to third spot (behind the Honda Accord), and the Fusion was 2739 sales ahead of the Toyota. The Fusion led the second-ranked Accord by 3159 sales after an 1899-unit August; the Camry was 3274 sales back of the Ford.


Canada midsize car sales chart 2013
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But in the final four months of the year, the Fusion was never Canada's top-selling midsize car. In fact, in the final quarter, Fusion sales fell 2.4% from what Ford achieved in the fourth quarter of 2012. Between September and December, the Camry outsold the Fusion by 818 units, the Accord outsold the Fusion by 281 units, and the Fusion led the Hyundai Sonata by just 113 units.

None of this changes the fact that Ford sold a lot of midsize cars in 2013, enough to make the Fusion Canada's best-selling midsize car. And it's no surprise - the Fusion is a very nice car, can be kitted out in so many different ways, and looks terrific. But the reason for the Fusion's success this year has a lot more to do with the first half of 2013, when 11,304 Fusions were sold, than the second half, when 8841 were sold. And it says something about what might occur at the beginning of 2014, if trends hold sway.

Mazda's midsize performance continues to disappoint, despite the fact that the new 6 is better than what was a pretty good 6 before it, which was better than a pretty good 6 before that. Subaru sold 665 fewer Legacys in 2013 than in 2012, Buick sold 1027 fewer Regals, Nissan sold 2305 fewer Altimas, Chrysler sold 2459 fewer 200s, Kia sold 2723 fewer Optimas. Combined, the 200 and Dodge Avenger outsold all individual midsize nameplates except the Fusion. Combined, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima outsold all individual nameplates, included the Fusion.

Despite an extra 1228 sales from the Ford C-Max, a category of electrics and plug-ins which includes the Chevrolet Volt, Honda Insight, Nissan Leaf, and three Toyota Prius variants fell by 1456 units in 2013, a 16% decline. Sales of the same group of cars grew 5% in the U.S., where the total volume achieved by the seven cars 55 times stronger. In an overall new vehicle market that's only nine times the size.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC's Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • December 2014 • January 2014 • November 2013December 2012
Midsize Car
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
49
95-48.4%7401767-58.1%
594
36861.4%6834569720.0%
332
621-46.5%11,666 14,125-17.4%
83
286-71.0%7631485857.1%
1001
1158-13.6%20,145 16,69820.6%
876
1201-27.1%17,165993072.9%
611
852-28.3%14,519 14,572-0.4%
235
473-50.3%926911,992-22.7%
116
457-74.6%42245128-17.6%
714
53433.7%10,488 12,793-18.0%
165
302-45.4%2022 2687-24.7%
96
45113%365 688-46.9%
1374
90152.5%18,24518,2030.2%
751
56732.5%79098019-1.4%
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Total
6997
7860-11.0%131,222 127,157 3.2%

Midsize Hybrids & Electrics
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
80
5740.4%9311225-24.0%
71
75-5.3%1383155792%
2
9-77.8%67 168-60.1%
28
273.7%47024095.8%
87
193-54.9%2352 3434-31.5%
82
175 -53.1% 2140 3371 -36.5%
5
18 -72.2% 212 63237%
128
242-47.1%26404077-35.2%
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Total
396
603-34.3%7843 9299 -15.7%

Tall Wagons 
& Crossovers
December
2013
December
2012
%
Change
2013
2012
%
Change
55
98-43.9%110910485.8%
470
563-16.5%61207049-13.2%
716
789-9.3%916711,294-18.8%
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---
--------- --- ---
Total
1241
1450-14.4%16,396 19,391 -15.4%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle that is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ Prius breakdown by variant
^ Volkswagen Canada combines figures for the Passat and CC.
GCBC isn't here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better, right? This explains why you'll see the Outback and Venza listed with midsize SUVs, too... because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.

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