This week, GCBC's own founder and analyst wanted to know the following: "After answering a reader's question about the best-selling import autos in America – and discovering that GCBC readers were very interested in that list – which vehicles built outside North America are most popular in Canada?"
Again, we've excluded import brand vehicles such as the Honda Civic, Canada's best-selling car in each of the last 18 years, a Japanese-branded car that's assembled in Alliston, Ontario. But vehicles such as the Jeep Renegade – a "domestic-branded" product that's built in Italy, are eligible for this list of the most popular import autos in Canada.
To be precise, vehicles which are assembled outside of the U.S, Canada, and Mexico – the NAFTA zone – are eligible for this list of Canada's 15 most popular import vehicles in the first two months of 2016.
Though the Subaru Forester topped the U.S. version of this list, the Forester ranks fifth in Canada. The Hiroshima, Japan-built Mazda CX-5 is Canada's best-selling import vehicle. Only eight of the 15 cars on Canada's best-selling import autos list also appear on the U.S. list, though some of the disparities come down to product sourcing, not necessarily differences in popularity.
Best-Selling Import Autos
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Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.