2011 Toyota Matrix Red

The Hyundai Elantra cranked out another Canadian victory in August 2011, the car’s fourth consecutive month as Canada’s best-selling car. Six times this year the Hyundai Elantra has been the top selling car in Canada, and yet that hasn’t been enough to fend off the Honda Civic in year-to-date standings. Year-over-year Civic sales plunged 41% in August and its ranking fell from third in July to sixth last month. 

Mazda 3 sales fell hard, too, down 23%. But the Mazda held onto second spot, the exact position in which the 3 finished last year.

Also finishing August ahead of the Civic: the Chevrolet Cruze (including one Cobalt sale), Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla. Toyota Canada’s recovery in August was notable as year-over-year volume rose 6.1%, month-to-month volume jumped 14.4%, and four of the company’s cars made it onto August 2011’s list of the Top 20 Best-Selling Cars with improved sales numbers. There were three Toyotas on July’s best-selling cars list; all had suffered declining year-over-year sales.

Before scanning the table, there are a few things you should know. The Good Car Guy always includes Volkswagen GTI sales in the Golf’s total, everywhere except the Sporty Car Sales chart. Honda Accord sales include the Crosstour – their sales aren’t recorded separately in Canada and never have been. 721 of the Elantra’s total August sales were Elantra Touring wagons.

Finally, if this were a U.S. Best Sellers list the Corolla and Matrix would be listed as one car – that’s how Toyota USA does things. And if that were the case, the Corolla/Matrix would have been number one in 2010, number one in the first eight months of 2011, and number one in August 2011.

Rank
Car
Status
August 2011
August 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Hyundai Elantra
3886 3240 32,937
#2
Mazda 3
3606 4713 25,675
#3
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
3365 3268 25,420
#4
Ford Focus
3226 2683 18,635
#5
Toyota Corolla
3108 2860 24,682
#6
Honda Civic
3073 5220 33,047
#7
Volkswagen Jetta
2176 739 18,567
#8
Hyundai Accent
2152 2375 15,790
#9
Chevrolet Malibu
2030 1268 8806
#10
Chevrolet Impala
1681 1425 7799
#11
Toyota Camry
1632 617 7600
#12
Ford Fusion
1424 1359 14,043
#13
Hyundai Sonata
1422 1664 11,851
#14
Kia Soul
1347 949 8198
#15
Volkswagen Golf
1328 1543 9634
#16
Toyota Matrix
1282 1247 9450
#17
Ford Fiesta
1209 610 9644
#18
Toyota Venza
1176 1030 8028
#19
Kia Forte
1144 1257 10,455
#20
Honda Accord
1055 1299 6486

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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