Unlike the overall Canadian passenger car market, Canada’s best-selling car is selling much more frequently in 2013 than it did in the first five months of 2013.
The fact that the Hyundai Elantra is now available as a sedan, hatchback, and coupe is certainly helpful. Canada’s second-best-selling car, the Honda Civic, is a sedan or coupe only, and sales of the Civic are down this year from a four-year high in 2012. Canada’s third-best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla, is exclusively available as a sedan, although if sales data is configured as it is by Toyota USA, the Corolla and its Matrix hatchback sibling are actually Canada’s best-selling tandem, outselling the Elantra trio of cars by 27 units between January and May.
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Canada’s sixth-best-selling car, the Volkswagen Jetta, is a sedan-only product, but it’s undoubtedly been helped by the availability of numerous powerplants: a basic and inexpensive 2.0L four-cylinder; a moderately powerful but not terrible efficient 2.5L five-cylinder; a fuel-sipping 2.0L turbocharged diesel; a torquey 2.0L turbocharged gas-powered four-cylinder; and now, a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid. Aided by a price drop, Jetta sales in Canada are up 27% this year.
Not all cars that are priced similarly are necessarily competitors, although Canada’s seven best-selling cars clearly are. The rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe and rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S are both meant to attract a buyer whose needs relate more to fun than cargo-carrying flexibility, but they go about finding fun in slightly different ways. The FR-S has definitely been successful for Toyota and its Scion subsidiary, but even in a slow year, the Genesis Coupe (down 28%) sells in relatively similar numbers. So how successful is the FR-S if, with 863 sales and a ranking of 64th, it hasn’t crushed the (declining) 71st-ranked Hyundai? Well, don’t forget, the same car, Subaru’s BRZ, has contributed another 460 sales. Together, the Toyobaru twins are outselling the Chevrolet Camaro.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by May volume by clicking the May 2013 column header, or you can rank cars by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.