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Canada/U.S. Border Was Not One Of
North America’s 20 Best-Selling Vehicles In 2012

We’re not talking about the North America which includes Greenland or the Turks & Caicos or even the North America which takes Mexico into account. The colloquially-known North America – that’s the United States and Canada – is our target market for this list. After numerous requests from individuals who wanted to know how much the addition of Canada’s auto sales volume could play with the order of America’s best seller lists, GoodCarBadCar has finally given in.

And no, the order hasn’t changed all that much.

America’s 20 best-selling vehicles in the first eight months of 2012 (listed here, along with 242 other vehicles) ran the gamut from Ford’s F-Series to the Camry, Silverado, Accord, Civic, Altima, Corolla/Matrix, CR-V, Ram, Fusion, Escape, Malibu, Focus, Prius, Sonata, Cruze, Equinox, Elantra, Impala and RAV4. All of those vehicles are on this list except for the final Chevy. Stepping Into the Impala’s place was the Dodge Grand Caravan, a minivan that’s so popular in Canada that its additional 38,778 Canadian sales in the first two-thirds of 2012 were enough to push its North American ranking up to 20th from its U.S.-only ranking of 28th. 

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The Best-Selling Vehicle In Canada & In The United States

Despite the weaker Canadian results reported by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Chevrolet Malibu, these four midsize sedans still ended August as the second, seventh, eighth, and 14th-best-selling vehicles in North America. You can see those weak finishes in the accompanying table’s right-most column. 

And despite their strong Canadian finishes, the Hyundai Elantra, Ram P/U, and Dodge Grand Caravan were dragged downwards on this list by U.S. sales totals which simply aren’t as robust.

Pertinent local best seller lists are clickable at the bottom of this post. If this North American version is something readers want to see on a regular basis, drop GCBC a line. You can always tally up total North American sales by using the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home in order to find historical monthly and yearly sales info for any model.

For the record, Automotive News says Americans acquired 9,711,238 new vehicles in the first eight months of this year while Canadians registered 1,163,873 new vehicles between January and August of 2012. That 8.3-to-1 ratio almost fits the population gap. There are nine U.S. residents for every one resident of Canada. 

The top 20 best-selling vehicles in North America in 2012 are ranked below.

Rank
Vehicle
August
2012 YTD
August
2011 YTD
U.S./Canadian
Rankings
#1
Ford F-Series
483,018 426,559 1 / 1
#2
Toyota Camry
293,705 212,270 2 / 22
#3
Chevrolet Silverado
286,741 279,167 3 / 10
#4
Honda Civic
254,895 186,707 5 / 3
#5
Toyota Corolla/Matrix
237,977 204,876 7 / 5
#6
Dodge Ram
235,135 195,731 9 / 2
#7
Honda Accord
223,725 168,135 4 / 56
#8
Nissan Altima
219,305 185,730 6 / 30
#9
Honda CR-V
214,608 157,381 8 / 11
#10
Ford Escape
205,568 199,240 11 / 8
#11
Ford Fusion
193,980 182,972 10 / 23
#12
Ford Focus
186,251 145,641 13 / 14
#13
Chevrolet Cruze
177,132 194,487 16 / 12
#14
Chevrolet Malibu
171,938 168,958 12 / 78
#15
Toyota Prius
171,537 85,080 14 / 44
#16
Hyundai Sonata
168,844 168,431 15 / 25
#17
Hyundai Elantra
168,434 166,473 18 / 6
#18
Chevrolet Equinox
165,642 145,655 17 / 19
#19
Toyota RAV4
137,534 102,487 20 / 16
#20
Dodge Grand Caravan
133,417 115,417 28 / 4

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales
Toyota Canada releases separate figures for the Corolla and Matrix. We’ve joined them here, as we have with the Prius, because of the way Toyota USA releases sales info. This skews the Canadian rankings somewhat, as in reality, the Hyundai Elantra sells more frequently than the Corolla (as Canadian data shows) but not as often as the Corolla and Matrix combined.

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