For The 15th Consecutive Year, The Honda Civic
Was Canada’s Best-Selling Car In 2012
With its highest volume since 2008, the Honda Civic maintained its crown as Canada’s best-selling car in 2012. The Civic’s nearest rival, a direct competitor in every way, was 14,012 sales behind. That car, the Hyundai Elantra, found 14% of its volume from the outgoing Touring model.
Overall Elantra volume was up by 5980 units in 2012; 2011 volume had risen by 10,414 units. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of improved Elantra sales in Canada.
Rounding out the podium was the Toyota Corolla, knocking last year’s third-place car into fourth spot with a slim 1611-unit advantage. Mazda 3 sales rose 5.6% in 2012, but it’s 11,022 sales off 2008’s pace and 8445 sales off 2010’s pace.
The best-selling American brand car in Canada was the Chevrolet Cruze, despite a 3.8% decline. Ford’s Focus, the sixth-best-selling car in Canada, was 4692 sales behind the Cruze, having ended 2011 8164 sales back.
Canada’s top-selling European car in 2012 was the Mexican-made Volkswagen Jetta. Volkswagen reported five consecutive year-over-year increases to end 2012, enough to generate a year-over-year gain of 0.6% compared with 2011. The next-best-selling European car was Volkswagen’s own Golf, which includes sales of the wagon that Americans know as the Jetta SportWagen. The two next-best-selling European cars are from premium brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz: the 3-Series and the 26th-best-selling C-Class. The C-Class ranked 10th in December’s standings. The 3-Series ranked 10th in September.
Canada’s #3 Car, The Toyota Corolla
Canada’s most popular midsize car in 2012 was the Toyota Camry, sales of which shot up 47.6% from 2011’s 12,334-unit total. The Camry might have trouble hanging on to that title in 2013. Canadian sales of the Honda Accord were surging at the end of 2012 as the ninth-gen car took hold. The Accord outsold the Camry in October, November, and December. Ford’s Fusion also came on strong in December – its recent Astonesque redesign is turning heads.
Join the Subaru Impreza with its XV Crosstrek offshoot and the combo’s 13,217 sales would push the Subie of the Toyota Matrix to grab the 16th position. Among cars in this top 25, only three posted worse year-over-year declines than the Matrix, which sold about half as often as it did in 2005. One was another Toyota: Venza volume dropped 14.2%. The other two were Nissans: Sentra and Versa volume fell 14.5% and 13.9%, respectively.