Yes. Canada. If this is too much for you to bear, I understand and this is why I’ve prepared 159 additional countries for you to visit in my blog, and I can tell you it is extraordinarily good, so click away!
At first sight, the best-selling models in Canada are very similar to those in the US…
But in fact they are not…
The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling pick-up in Canada for 45 consecutive years. Compare that to 34 years in the US. It even beat its volume record in 2010 with 97,913 units sold in a single year… whereas in the US, the record reached in 2004 (939,511 sales) is all but unattainable nowadays. The F Series is the best-selling vehicle in Canada both in October with 6,950 sales and over the first 10 months of 2011 at 81,570 units sold.
As far as passenger cars are concerned, the Honda Civic, it is on its way to be the best-selling passenger car in the country for the
umpfourteenth consecutive year. Thanks to the new generation just arrived in dealerships, it is number 3 overall in October with 4,974 sales and number 4 year-to-date at 42,748 units. #1 passenger car in both rankings. Note the Honda Civic was never the best-selling passenger car in the US, this privilege being reserved to the Honda Accord in the nineties and in 2001.
Had the new generation not been launched this year, the Civic would have been in danger of losing its title and the lone culprit would have been the Hyundai Elantra. With the new and improved generation launched in late 2010, the Elantra went from strength to strength in Canada this year and even topped the passenger car ranking for a few months. It is #7 and 3rd best-selling passenger car in October and #5 and #2 passenger car over the first 10 months of 2011 with a shiny 40,051 sales, only 2,700 units below the Civic…
Trucks are back in fashion in Canada in the same way they are in the US. Below the F-Series, the RAM posts very strong figures, much stronger than in the US: it is #2 overall with 5,386 sales in October and 53,833 sales over 10 months.
But the surprise comes from General Motors. With the GMC Sierra at #4 with 4,639 sales and the Chevrolet Silverado at #5 with 3,805 units (notice the reverse order vs. the US), the twin trucks from GM do much better than the F-Series at 8,444 sales vs. 6,950, an performance they are far from accomplishing in the US.
The Toyota Corolla disappointed in 2011, falling from #4 over 2010 to #10 over the first 10 months of 2011. It is however #6 in October.
In 9th place in October but #3 over 2011 we find the Dodge Grand Caravan. Yes Canadian have been having a 20-year+ love story with the Grand Caravan, placing it on the overall models ranking podium almost every year, a score much superior to its US performance. Does it start better on snowy mornings? Canadian friends could you please unlock this mystery for me?
Another trait particular to Canada is the prevalence of small cars in the Top 30: Mazda3 at #10, Chevrolet Cruze at #12 (although in this case this is poorer than in the US), VW Jetta at #13, Hyundai Accent at #17, Toyota Matrix at #18 (yes Canada separates its sales from the Corolla as the Matrix has a life on its own here!), Ford Focus at #19, Nissan Versa at #27 and VW Golf at #29… Canada is starting to look like Australia a little bit – minus the hole in the ozone layer…
A few more models that are much more succesful in Canada than they are in the US: the Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Venza (#21 in October).
Reversely, some US superstars are snubbed in Canada: the Toyota Camry is only #37!
The Honda Accord is #52, even with the Crosstour!
Canada 2011 year-to-date Top 30
(Through October 2011)
|Rank YTD||Rank 2010||Model||Sales YTD|
|3||3||Dodge Grand Caravan||46,971|
|15||9||Hyundai Santa Fe||21,960|
Canada October 2011 Top 30
|9||Dodge Grand Caravan||2,967|
|15||Hyundai Santa Fe||1,944|
And the golden nugget to finish: some models available in Canada are not even on sale in the US!
Cue the Mazda2, #56 in October
Or the Chevrolet Orlando, #75 in October for its first full month of sales.
A land full of surprises.
And just like that, you’ve become an expert on car sales in Canada.
Without even noticing!
That is all for this week.
Sales figures are sourced from goodcarbadcar.net, manufacturers and Automotive News Data Center
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.