As the Canadian car market fades from view, the slowdown has stalled somewhat because of the strength of Canada’s two top-selling cars.
The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla sold at a first-quarter pace that, if it holds, would lead to the best ever annual performance in the histories of both nameplates. The duo combined to own 15% of the Canadian car market in the first-quarter of 2016, but their market share has soared to 20% in the first-quarter of 2017.
As new vehicle buyers increasingly turn toward SUVs and crossovers such as the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape, Canadian car sales will continue to decline. But the rate of decline has, at least for the moment, stabilized at a more reasonable level after the drastic drops reported in the last two years.
At the moment, the car market as a whole has the Civic and Corolla to thank for that, which masks just how rapidly other vehicles are losing sales.
Can the Civic and Corolla sustain such lofty levels of success? 20% market share is nothing to sneeze at.
Reminder: these are 2017 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort cars by March 2017 volume by clicking the March 2017 column header, or you can rank them by improvements or declines using the % columns.
Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
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. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access.
Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada & ANDC * Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ² Total Prius Family sales: down 13% to 1113 in March; down 13% in Q1. † Mini Cooper includes sales of the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, Roadster, and Paceman. ¤ Automakers release sales figures for the E-Class and CLS-Class, and the Passat and CC together. º Audi’s A4 sales data includes sales of the Allroad. Sales data for brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands in 2017’s first three months were 20, 18, and 8 units, respectively. It is believed that Tesla sold 414 new vehicles during the first two months of 2017.