Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – December 2016


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The Honda Civic ended 2016 where it began, as Canada’s best-selling car. Launched as an all-new model for the 2016 model year and now available in three bodystyles, Civic sales slid 1% in Canada over the course of 2016 – the overall passenger car market was down 8% this year.

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2016 becomes the 19th consecutive year in which the Civic was Canada’s best-selling car. Despite a 21% downturn in December and a 62% jump from the second-best-selling car in the country, the Civic was Canada’s best-selling car in December, as well.

The Chevrolet Cruze earned an uncommon second-place finish thanks to a 62% uptick to end a year in which sales plunged 16%. Like the Civic, the Cruze added a hatchback bodystyle at the end of 2016. Canada’s second-best-selling car in 2016, the Hyundai Elantra, slid into a distant fourth in December.

In all, half of December’s 10 most popular cars sold less often this December than last. The Honda Fit’s 160% year-over-year improvement – credit to last December’s particularly poor performance is deserved – stands out as the biggest December leap among top sellers. The Chevrolet Malibu joined the Cruze with a big leap forward. Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales jumped 37%, the Kia Optima was up 38%, and Kia Forte volume rose 48%.

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. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access. GoodCarBadCar has already published the list of Canada’s best-selling trucks in December and will shortly publish a list of Canada’s most popular SUVs and crossovers.

January 2017 • November 2016December 2015

Rank
Best-Selling Car
Dec.
2016
Dec.
2015
% Change
2016
YTD
2015
YTD
%
Change
#1
Honda Civic
3,164
3,987
-20.6%
64,552
64,950
-0.6%
#2
Chevrolet Cruze
2,760
1,706
61.8%
26,824
31,958
-16.1%
#3
Toyota Corolla
2,215
2,280
-2.9%
45,626
47,198
-3.3%
#4
Hyundai Elantra
1,852
2,054
-9.8%
48,875
47,722
2.4%
#5
Mazda 3
1,822
2,078
-12.3%
27,689
34,811
-20.5%
#6
Honda Fit
1,184
455
160%
8,622
9,088
-5.1%
#7
Ford Focus
1,062
1,033
2.8%
16,627
21,101
-21.2%
#8
Volkswagen Golf
1,041
1,615
-35.5%
19,966
20,515
-2.7%
#9
Ford Fusion
911
1,035
-12.0%
14,424
15,781
-8.6%
#10
Honda Accord
905
1,035
-12.6%
13,857
14,465
-4.2%
#11
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
853
621
37.4%
9,954
9,992
-0.4%
#12
Toyota Camry
835
672
24.3%
15,683
16,805
-6.7%
#13
Subaru Impreza
758
705
7.5%
11,673
11,426
2.2%
#14
Kia Soul
743
812
-8.5%
12,672
13,335
-5.0%
#15
Volkswagen Jetta
636
1,411
-54.9%
20,954
27,719
-24.4%
#16
Chevrolet Malibu
635
391
62.4%
11,503
9,203
25.0%
#17
Kia Optima
628
455
38.0%
5,243
6,210
-15.6%
#18
Hyundai Accent
624
706
-11.6%
19,198
19,371
-0.9%
#19
Kia Forte
579
391
48.1%
12,296
11,378
8.1%
#20
Hyundai Sonata
544
507
7.3%
10,191
13,497
-24.5%

Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada 

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