Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - March 2014

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The Subaru Impreza Was Canada's
21st-Best-Selling Car In March 2014
In March 2014, after taking a month off but never letting go of the year-to-date lead, the Honda Civic was once again the best-selling car in Canada. And not just by a little bit.

The second-ranked Hyundai Elantra and third-ranked Toyota Corolla were some 1700 sales back of the compact Honda, a car which generated 44% of the Honda brand's Q1 volume. 

But the Civic's strength draws no parallels with the overall passenger car market. Car sales slid 7% in March 2014 - the car market lost more than 5000 sales compared with March of last year. Six of Canada's ten top-selling cars in March and 11 of the top 20 top-selling cars sold less often this March than in March 2013. 


The declines were mostly severe, to boot. Canada's frequent number two, the Hyundai Elantra, slid 10%. Mazda's hot-off-the-press 3 was down 24%. The usually consistent Jetta plunged 26%. 2013's top-selling midsize car, the Ford Fusion, fell 23%. (2014's year-to-date midsize leader, the Honda Accord, was down 4%.) Kia Rio sales plummeted 43%; the Nissan Altima was down  27%. 

Canada's car market is not healthy, yet the auto industry seems likely to record a second consecutive record year for total sales. In a car market which can't keep pace with 2013's first quarter results, the Honda Civic has become an even more dominant player. 8.5% of the new cars sold in Q1 of 2014 were Civics, up from 7.1% in the equivalent period of 2013.

Five of the 20 top sellers were representatives of the subcompact car segment. Another five were midsize sedans, leaving one full-size car and nine compacts.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these best-selling cars can always be accessed through the dropdown menu at GCBC's Sales Stats page, and for those not viewing the mobile version of this site, near the top right of this page, as well. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of Canada's best-selling trucks and the list of March's 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers will be published in short order.

March 2015 • April 2014 • February 2014March 2013
Rank
Best-Selling Car
March
2014
March
2013
%
Change
2014
YTD
2013
YTD
%
Change
#1
Honda Civic
602160070.2%12,407 11,287 9.9%
#2
Hyundai Elantra
4361 4844 -10.0% 10,373 11,337 -8.5%
#3
Toyota Corolla
4321 3158 36.8% 9162 7881 16.3%
#4
Chevrolet Cruze
3846 2571 49.6% 6916 6579 5.1%
#5
Mazda 3
3663 4848 -24.4% 8286 8851 -6.4%
#6
Volkswagen Jetta
2207 3001 -26.5% 6179 7024 -12.0%
#7
Hyundai Accent
1906 1835 3.9% 3885 3764 3.2%
#8
Honda Accord
1795 1862 -3.6% 3448 3726 -7.5%
#9
Ford Focus
1722 1946 -11.5% 3900 4734 -17.6%
#10
Ford Fusion
1571 2052 -23.4% 3339 4398 -24.1%
#11
Nissan Versa
1546 742 108% 3262 2957 10.3%
#12
Nissan Sentra
1421 1485 -4.3% 3148 3162 -0.4%
#13
Toyota Camry
1420 1262 12.5% 2833 2936 -3.5%
#14
Hyundai Sonata
1039 1381 -24.8% 2229 3255 -31.5%
#15
Kia Rio
1032 1820 -43.3% 2657 3565 -25.5%
#16
Dodge Charger
1020 505 102% 1763 1185 48.8%
#17
Kia Forte
1006 545 84.6% 2280 1605 42.1%
#18
Nissan Altima
874 1195 -26.9% 1963 2330 -15.8%
#19
Chevrolet Sonic
808 886 -8.8% 1576 2146 -26.6%
#20
Honda Fit
787 631 24.7% 1455 1357 7.2%
Source: Automakers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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