Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada – January 2012


After ending 2011 as the best-selling car in Canada for the fourteenth consecutive year, the Honda Civic began 2012 with a January victory. And it wasn’t a narrow victory, no, not at all. The Civic was more than twice as popular as the next-best-selling car. You get that? The leader, Honda’s Civic sedan and coupe, sold more often than the second and third-ranked cars combined.

In January 2011, the best-selling car in Canada was the Hyundai Elantra. It was hard to maintain that momentum, having stolen market share from all sorts of compact cars which are now fighting back. Elantra sales slid 9.2% from 2643 last year at this time. 20% of the Elantras sold in Canada in January were Elantra Tourings as sales of the 5-door Elantra jumped 21.3% at the end of its lifecycle. That number, 20%, may rise further before it falls (and eventually rises again with the introduction of the handsome new Elantra GT, pictured above) as deals on the outgoing wagonesque Tourings inspire new car buyers to opt for 7-year interest-free payment plans, but this depends more on inventory than desire.

Canada’s seven most popular cars are direct rivals. You could include the spacious and well-equipped Hyundai Accent in the mix and say Canada’s eight most popular cars are rivals. Only until you get to the ninth-ranked car, Toyota’s midsize Camry, do we arrive at a distinctly different segment. The Camry beat 2011’s top-selling midsize car, the Ford Fusion, by 322 units, with three competitors between them.

With a tie for 19th spot, readers may be curious to discover which car finished in 21st position. That would be the Kia Rio, a Good 12 winner. Rio sales shot up 93% to 641, 22 units ahead of the Chrysler 200.

Monthly and yearly sales figures for all these models and every other nameplate currently offered for sale in North America will be made available through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page. Links to relevant best seller lists can be accessed at the bottom of this post. For now, it’s your duty and honour to peruse the list of Canada’s 20 best-selling cars in January 2012.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
January 2012
%
Change
#1
Honda Civic
4928 + 334%
#2
Hyundai Elantra
2399 – 9.2%
#3
Toyota Corolla
2337 + 8.9%
#4
Mazda 3
1912 + 13.2%
#5
Chevrolet Cruze
1619 + 10.1%
#6
Volkswagen Jetta
1513 + 2.9%
#7
Ford Focus
1374 + 7.5%
#8
Hyundai Accent
1329 + 52.9%
#9
Toyota Camry
1007 + 169%
#10
Subaru Impreza
915 + 71.0%
#11
Nissan Altima
863 + 8.3%
#12
Toyota Venza
791 + 33.2%
#13
Toyota Matrix
741 – 45.5%
#14
Nissan Sentra
706 + 70.1%
#15
Hyundai Sonata
702 + 6.2%
#16
BMW 3-Series
700 + 58.0%
#17
Ford Fusion
685 + 12.1%
#18
Dodge Charger
670 + 316%
T19
Nissan Versa
655 + 7.7%
T19
Volkswagen Golf
655 – 14.8%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC 
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales

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