Canadian Dodge Caliber sales dropped 63.1% in February. Knowledgeable auto observers won’t be surprised to learn such a fact: the Caliber has always sucked more than a little bit. Toyota Camry sales dropped 60.7% in February, the Honda Accord was off 52.9%, and sales of the Chevrolet Malibu were down 48.4%, somewhat more surprising figures.
In the larger, more expensive fleet below, numerous models posted declining sales. The Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Ford Taurus performed better in February 2010.
Good news please? As you’ve already read, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra was the best-selling car in Canada in February. Elantra Touring sales were down 3%, but sedan sales nearly doubled from 1412 in February 2010. The Honda Civic charged back after a rough January, but still trails the Elantra by 2286 through the first two months of 2011. Hyundai/Kia sold 7194 small cars in Canada in February, up from 6162 in February 2010.
You’ll notice a change highlighted in blue in the charts below, a change implemented first in the U.S. version of this post. Of the blue cars – the subcompacts as they’re often called – the Hyundai Accent clearly led the way, but competition is fierce for second place. Volatile Fit sales swung Honda to the bottom of that segment in February (excluding the Suzuki Swift) after Fit sales swung from 615 in May to 593, 477, 475, 385, 316, 1557, 1655, and 72 in January.