In case you’re all wondering why I’m so blasé about compact hatchbacks and wagons, a good chunk of it has to do with the fact that I see them everywhere, every single day (the other portion is simply because it’s fun to needle you folks every now and then).
Sales analyst Timothy Cain has compiled Canadian sales data for the halfway mark of 2012, and of the top 10 cars on sale, 9 of them are compacts, and four of them offer a hatchback variant (not including the soon-to-be-sold Hyundai Elantra GT). The top three best-sellers, the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla are currently offered only with sedan variants, but that will change with the introduction of the Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe.
The previous Elantra Touring was a big hit in Canada, and the Elantra GT should be as well, bringing the fight directly to the #4 Mazda3 and #5 Ford Focus. We don’t have the exact hatch/sedan breakdown, but anecdotal evidence tells us that the Mazda3 is more evenly split, while the Focus, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent tend to skew more towards the hatchback. When the two-door and hatchback versions of the Elantra go on sale, Canada’s best-selling car might be Korean for the first time ever. Of course, the best-selling vehicle will likely remain unchanged; the Ford F-Series. Canada and the United States aren’t so different after all.