Honda Civic Continues Its Unstoppable Death March Towards Canadian Sales Dominance

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
honda civic continues its unstoppable death march towards canadian sales dominance

Not content with being the best selling compact car and third best selling passenger car in the United States, the Honda Civic is not only Canada’s best selling car for 2012, but it absolutely crushed the competition – outselling the #2 Hyundai Elantra and #3 Toyota Corolla combined.

Both of those cars mustered only 4736 units, while the Civic sold 4928 units – and that’s without the year-end blowout lease specials where Honda offered a $0 down, 48 month lease at 0.9 percent interest, allowing punters to walk away with a Civic LX sedan for $199 a month. Of the top 10 cars offered for sale, 9 were compacts, with the Toyota Camry being the sole mid-sized offering. Let’s see what happens when the Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe go on sale – as it is now, 20 percent of Elantra’s sold are Elantra Touring models.

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  • Ponchoman49 Ponchoman49 on Feb 10, 2012

    Most newer designed modern cars can easily go 200K miles. I see cars with this mileage all the time. It's hard to believe people still think that only a Honda can do this. Hell I know two guys at work that are still running 2003 and 2004 Cavaliers both with over 200K that are equipped with GM's excellent little 2.2 liter Ecotec and 4T40 transmission. The cars themeselves are showing signs of age but they are both reliable and still running well.

    • Geo Geo on Feb 10, 2012

      If I ever need a cheap commuter vehicle, these are on my list. I'm not sure if the Cobalt was this reliable.

  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Feb 10, 2012

    All this talk about how X car is crap and Y car is golden and people being referred to as sheeple because they prefer X for whatever reason always gets to me. Why can't we just let people like or buy whatever they want to buy without having their motives challenged? I thought it was a good thing that a person can't be compelled to buy one car over the other because somebody said so. If people have had good experiences in one car what is wrong with them buying another, even if it's not necessarily the best in class for power, mileage, or any number of metrics. The constant carping about people exercising their right to choose whichever car suits them, for whatever reason (perceived reliability, quality, mileage, ease of ownership), gets very old. If you don't want the car, don't buy it, but stop trying to say that people are stupid or misinformed because they don't buy into your worldview. After all a car is...wait for it...just a car.

  • KimJongJefferson KimJongJefferson on Feb 10, 2012

    apart from enthusiasts, most ppl just want something from point A to B, or Reliability. perceptions of reliability go along way. ... even if it's on the way out.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 12, 2012

    My first theory is that Americans feel guilty of winning WWII and dropping A-bombs on Japan and destroying German cities and realizing that Germans and Japanese are superior to Americans. Second theory is that all European who got no taste or are capable of enjoying cars like Honda or beer like Bud - immigrated to America.