Total Kia Canada Volume Rose By 12,677
Units In 2012, The Optima Was Up By 9805 Sales
2012 Midsize Car Sales Chart
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Chrysler says it was the biggest seller of midsize cars in Canada in 2012, but that only rings true if Hyundai and Kia are considered completely separate entities. The Sonata and Optima, platform-sharing midsize sedans, outsold the 200 and Avenger by 7581 units in 2012.
If you think the Toyota Venza is more of a Camry wagon than a RAV4 crossover alternative, then Toyota was clearly the dominant midsize seller in Canada last year, beating Hyundai-Kia by more than 10,000 units.
December 2012 Midsize
Car Sales Chart
Perhaps none of this matters; maybe you’re only an observer of individual performances. In that case, surging Camry volume helped Toyota take over from the Ford Fusion as Canada’s best-selling midsize car. More recently, in the fourth quarter of 2012, the Honda Accord has become the dominant player.
With a little help from a coupe bodystyle, the Accord nameplate took off with the ninth-generation variant’s arrival. In December, for example, Canadian Accord volume jumped 179% in 2012.
Toyota car sales fell 16.4% in December, but jumped 25.5% in 2012 as a whole. The Avalon, Venza, and Yaris sedan posted respective decreases of 14%, 13%, and 21%. But the Camry wasn’t the only car to post a huge improvement. Sales of the regular Prius more than doubled.
The Prius V contributed more to Toyota’s overall volume than the conventional Prius. Between the Prius C and Prius Plug-In, Toyota found another 2593 more Prius sales that couldn’t have existed last year.
December 2012 Large
Car Sales Chart
The decline reported by Toyota’s Avalon was a lot like the decline reported by the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, and Nissan Maxima. Chrysler 300 volume jumped 89%, but that doesn’t make this modern era a great time to sell big mainstream brand cars. Chrysler sold more than 10,000 300s as recently as 2007.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for these cars and any other vehicle by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or by clicking the model name in the tables below. Fortunately, the tables below are now sortable. Click the column headers in the tables to sort by December 2012 volume or 2012 year end volume or re-sort alphabetically.