Fiat Outsells Mini, Scion In Canada

Derek Kreindler
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Canadians already bought the Honda Civic in droves, so it would make sense that another unloved car, the Fiat 500, would do well in a country that favors smaller, more European vehicles, right? Sort of.

Fiat did outsell both MINI and Scion in Canada this past year, but not by much. Accordingly to analyst Timothy Cain, Fiat ranked 27th out of 34 brands on sale in Canada, selling 5392 units. MINI was 28th with 5155 units and Scion was 29th with 4720 units.

The Fiat 500 is a common sight on the streets of Toronto, where being chic goes a long way. Despite the 500 selling in small volumes, the Dodge/Ram brand had a great showing in Canada overall, finishing behind Ford in second place (though Ford outsold Dodge/Ram by 100,152 units). Chrysler and Jeep sales were counted separately.

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  • Daviel Daviel on Jan 05, 2012

    That's a nice looking FIAT in red. Is it an Abarth?

    • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Jan 06, 2012

      Looks like it. I see the cool scorpion on the emblem, and Abarth is hiding in the shadows on the side. :)

  • on Jan 05, 2012

    Call me when Fiat shows up with the Panda and some other necessary models that are late to the US party. I'm a young dad with an infant, and at this stage a Panda would be perfect to trade in my '06 Explorer for, while throwing a contrarian middle finger to the unwashed masses in their toyohondassanvroletstlers.

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    • Advo Advo on Jan 06, 2012

      @probert Based on the previous model, I have to second that. If I was going strictly for value in Canada, I'd look at the Scion XD base model if you can get past the styling.

  • Stroker49 Stroker49 on Jan 06, 2012

    Canada, US, Europe. So similar, yet so different! Here in Sweden the gas is 7,96 USD/gallon. Diesel is slightly more! Most new cars sold here in Europe are diesel. Because of the better mpg, plus all the torque is nice (remember 5,7l V8?). What still surprises me is that so many Americans drives trucks. I mean, they are great for carpenters, plumbers etcetera. A normal car is smoother quieter, better in all ways except when you need to haul a lot of goods. Two years ago I visited Denver, CO. Lots of trucks and they must have the same winters as here in Sweden. What do you do in the mornings, first shovel snow from your car park and stairs and then several square feet of F150 flat bed?

  • Felis Concolor Felis Concolor on Jan 06, 2012

    I'm not surprised my first thought upon viewing that photograph was "hm, looks like a Renault Alpine in the background."