2011’s Canadian auto market was a little less than 2% larger than 2010’s. Chrysler Canada, with a little help from Fiat, was up 12.5% this year, increasing its market share from 13.1% to 14.5%, less than a point behind General Motors. Ford, Canada’s most popular brand, was up 3.3% this year, a figure which translates to nearly 8600 extra sales, a difference that’s greater than the Lincoln brand’s total volume.
Hyundai came out ahead of Honda this year after Honda beat Hyundai by 5223 sales in 2010. Kia beat Volkswagen. Mercedes-Benz was Canada’s top-selling premium brand; BMW and Audi slotted in as the number two and number three luxury nameplates. For all the talk about Buick challenging Lexus – and Buick did – Lexus beat Buick both in Canada and the United States.
Among niche non-luxury brands, Fiat finished 2011 with more sales than both Mini and Scion. Lincoln, despite its off-disparaged offerings, sold more vehicles than Cadillac. It’s not all about winning or losing, however. 23 of the 33 brands which could report year-over-year volume increases did so. The 1.8% improvement in the total market’s size would have been significantly larger were it not for the fact that three of Canada’s best-selling brands – Toyota, Honda, and Nissan – collectively lost 38,225 sales, or 2.5% of 2010’s total Canadian auto sales volume.
The numbers for every automaker competing in Canada in 2011 are in the table below. Keep a daily lookout on GoodCarBadCar.net for more detailed auto sales info, both U.S. and Canadian, as January rolls by.