Consider May 2010 car sales from the USA, just for a second. America’s best-selling full-size car, the Chevrolet Impala, was purchased twice as frequently as America’s best-selling subcompact car, the Nissan Versa. Now look at May 2010 car sales in Canada. This country’s best-selling subcompact car, the Hyundai Accent, was about three times more popular than Canada’s best-selling large car, the Chevrolet Impala. There’s your deeper hidden meaning of the day, the fact you didn’t know you needed to know but helped get you through your day anyway.
Now for a look at midsize car sales in Canada. Working on the assumption that in a particular vehicle category, though volume will invariably be wildly different, the best car is the best car regardless of country, compare the order in which midsize cars are ranked from Canada and the USA. In May 2010, Americans chose the Toyota Camry and its Venza wagon derivative more than any other car, no matter the size or bodystyle. Toyota was followed closely by the Honda Accord behind which you’d fine the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and then the Subaru Legacy and Outback.
Now, Toyota Venza sales in the USA were just 4,854, just enough to push Toyota past Honda. In Canada, Venza sales were nearly as strong as Camry sales in May – 1,006 to 1,374. So Toyota wins in Canada, too, but wouldn’t have come close to doing so without the Venza, whereas Toyota USA would’ve been nipping at the Accords heels without the Venza. Moving down the line in Canadian midsize car sales, the Ford Fusion comes closest to Toyota. Then comes the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, and finally the Honda Accord in sixth position.