This might very well be the year Hyundai puts on the crown worn by the car company with the best-selling car in Canada.
Maybe. Perhaps. Though a warning: the sales results from two winter months do not make a trend. Not yet, anyway.
Still, as DesRosiers Automotive Consultants notes in its latest list of Top 10 best sellers, the compact or C-size Elantra was Canada’s No. 1 selling car through January and February of this year. Elantra sales were up 12.8 per cent, while Civic sales – Canada No. 1 car for 15 straight years – tumbled 36.0 per cent.
“Honda’s popular Civic also mirrored the trend established in January, with February 2013 sales dropping 16.0 per cent below 2012 levels – an improvement on January’s –49.3 per cent drop, but still a considerable decline considering the model’s strong sales history and same-year styling refresh,” says DesRosiers Automotive in a note to clients.
Other big winners so far this year among cars: Volkswagen Jetta (up 31.6 per cent), Chevrolet Cruze (up 16.4 per cent) and Ford Fusion (up 40.7 per cent). For light trucks, Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport is hot this year, with sales up 17.4 per cent. Other light trucks having a good year so far: Ram pickup (up 15.7 per cent), Ford Escape (up 12.8 per cent), GMC Sierra (up 10.0 per cent) and Ford F-Series (up 10.0 per cent).
Overall, passenger car sales were down 4.7 per cent through February, while light trucks slid 1.4 per cent.
DesRosiers says, “The relative health of the light truck market has also buoyed sales of GM’s pickup twins, with outgoing versions of the GMC Sierra (+11.1 per cent) and Chevrolet Silverado (+2.9 per cent) charting gains prior to the redesigned 2014 model’s release.”
One last note: the commercial vehicle segment was up 11.8 per cent through the first two months of the year, largely based on the “Success of work vehicles like the GM pickups, Ford’s F-Series (+10.0 per cent YTD) and Chrysler’s Ram Pickup (+15.7 per cent YTD),” says DesRosiers, adding “All other major segments have shown negative growth thus far during 2013.”
Here’s a look at Canada’s top 10 cars and light trucks through the first two months of 2013:
|8||Hyundai Santa Fe||3,458||2,946||17.4|
Source: DesRosiers Automotive Consultants