2012 Kia Optima Silver

If Toyota Canada considered the Prius to be one car as Toyota USA does, it would have been Canada’s 16th-best-selling car last month. But Canadian Prius sales were fairly evenly split in April 2012. Of the 1422 total sold, 39% were Prius C hatchbacks, 34% were Prius V wagons, and 27% were original Prius liftbacks. None of the three came close to cracking the top 20.

The Fiat 500 hung around on Canada’s best-selling cars list. After landing in 18th in March, the Fiat 500 fell to 20th in April, 27 units ahead of the 21st-ranked Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Plenty of the 500s sold in Canada have been 500 Convertibles.

Three Kias made it on to April’s list of the 20 most popular passenger cars in Canada, falling into a neat little row from 13th to 15th. The Optima was Canada’s fifth-best-selling midsize car in April; the Rio was Canada’s second-best-selling subcompact. The Good 12-winning Rio trailed only its fraternal twin from Hyundai. The Optima trailed Ford’s Fusion, its Hyundai sibling, the Toyota Camry, and the class-leading Chrysler 200. Yes, you read that right.

Far above any of these cars, with 2.5 times the volume of Hyundai’s Accent and 635 more sales than the second-ranked Hyundai Elantra, sits the best-selling car in Canada, Honda’s Civic. Sales of the longtime most popular Canada are up 18% this year and improved at a 15% clip in April 2012. There are no other Hondas in the top 20. The next-best-selling Accord found 684 buyers in April, fewer than Toyota managed with its Tundra pickup.

Updates for every automobile sold in Canada that hasn’t already seen its April 2012 and YTD numbers input will be provided over the course of the weekend. You can access these numbers through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page. GoodCarBadCar’s April 2012 Canada Auto Sales By Brand post has been updated with figures from Maserati and Bentley. There’ll be more best seller lists upcoming, as well, for trucks, SUVs, overall vehicles, and premium nameplates. For now, study these vehicles, the 20 best-selling cars in Canada in April 2012.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
April 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Honda Civic
6007 + 15.0 20,288 + 18.1%
#2
Hyundai Elantra
5372 + 18.0% 16,236 + 11.8%
#3
Toyota Corolla
4276 – 13.0% 13,230 – 1.9%
#4
Mazda 3
3841 – 11.7% 11,894 + 11.0%
#5
Chevrolet Cruze
2852 – 29.0% 9599 – 16.7%
#6
Ford Focus
2592 + 38.4% 7814 + 21.3%
#7
Hyundai Accent
2432 + 1.1% 7298 + 7.6%
#8
Volkswagen Jetta
2397 – 21.6% 7393 – 13.2%
#9
Chrysler 200
2328 + 97.8%   5087 + 171%
#10
Toyota Camry
2079 + 79.5% 6551 + 128%
#11
Hyundai Sonata
2078 – 12.0% 5609 – 10.4%
#12
Ford Fusion
1934 + 10.5% 5230 – 2.0%
#13
Kia Optima
1663 + 1286% 4159 + 1843%
#14
Kia Forte
1581 – 9.4% 4561 + 5.8%
#15
Kia Rio
1532 + 101% 3875 + 68.4%
#16
Toyota Matrix
1404 + 7.5% 4195 – 22.6%
#17
Nissan Versa
1374 + 2.5% 4174 + 11.3%
#18
Volkswagen Golf
1265 – 5.8% 4023 – 0.5%
#19
Nissan Altima
1257 + 56.9% 4502 + 25.5%
#20
Fiat 500
1211 + 36.2% 3272 + 149%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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