Honda Civic Hangs On To Canada's Best-Selling Car Title
On the back of a record year for auto sales, the Honda Civic hung on to its Canadian sales crown for the 17th straight year.
Honda sold roughly 66,000 Civics in Canada, a 3.1 percent gain, as the Canadian auto market soared 6.1 percent to 1.85 million vehicles. The Ford F-Series topped the overall sales charts, with 126,277 units sold. The Ram pickup was the only other vehicle to outsell the Civic, with 88,521 units sold, a nearly 10 percent gain.
The Civic’s top rank among passenger car sales and the Ram’s #2 spot in trucks represent a couple of key differences for the Canadian market. Compact cars, like the Civic, the Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, are the dominant segment. The Elantra in particular has been a key challenger to the Civic, with the Mazda3 holding roughly double the market share in Canada as it does in the United States. On the other hand, the best-selling mid-size car, the Ford Fusion, ranked #25 as of December 1st, 2014.
And unlike the United States, the Ram pickups are firmly entrenched in the #2 spot for pickup trucks. The Ford Escape, the #2 crossover in the USA, is #1 in Canada, with the Honda CR-V sitting below the Escape and RAV4, as well as the Dodge Grand Caravan, in light truck sales. Check back later for in-depth analysis from our own Tim Cain.
Let's not forget the really big difference between Canada and the US: the Camry is an also-ran in Canada. Canadians have no love for the homely sedan that's stolen America's heart. Go figure.
I find in Canada if your not going to drive a smaller car then people with get an SUV, Pickup or Van. Spending over $30,000 and have lower ground clearance/step-in, same fuel economy and no AWD can be pointless. People in Canada also like cargo space.