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Canada's top 10 cars and light trucks through February 2012 Add to ...

Toyota Camry sales: up a gaudy 211 per cent so far in 2012.

Honda Civic sales: up a sterling 110 per cent for 2012.

Honda CR-V sales: up a fat 42.5 per cent for 2012.

Toyota Corolla sales: up a healthy 19.6 per cent for 2012.

From those results, you might conclude that after a 2011 in the doldrums, Honda and Toyota are back, competing hard for Canadian buyers. You’d be correct.

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Last year, at this time, Honda and Toyota were in the early stages of determining just how damaging the earthquake and tsunami would be to vehicle production and the supply of parts for plants around the world. Then, as the full extent of the near-total meltdown in the Fukushima nuclear reactor became clear, flooding in Thailand took another whack out of Toyota and Honda production.

Well, these two Japanese car companies are no longer suffering supply issues, and that means loyal buyers can buy all the Civics, Corollas, CR-Vs and Camrys they want. That’s just one story revealed in the most recent Top 10 list of best-selling cars and light trucks in Canada from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Civic sales were up 18.7 per cent year over year in February, but its rival, the Hyundai Elantra, had a pretty good February, too. In fact, the Elantra was Canada’s best-selling car last month. Auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers suggests that the battle for best-selling passenger car in Canada is well and truly under way.

“This year, the Civic and the Elantra will fight it out for the best-selling passenger car and with such a long standing position (14 straight years as No. 1) I’m sure that Honda will not give up this title easily,” says DesRosiers in a note to clients. “Civic ran away with the market in January, but Elantra out-sold Civic in February. Barely, mind you, but they did move more units.

“I suspect the key determining factor will be Hyundai’s ability to find Elantras to fill dealers’ lots. This vehicle is a hot seller in many markets, especially the U.S., so they may have a hard time actually finding enough product to fill demand.”

So the race is on. As the handicappers get set to take wagers on the outcome, here are Canada’s top 10 cars and light trucks through February 2012:

Passenger Cars



Car

2012

2011

% gain/loss

1

Honda Civic

8,244

3,926

110.0%

2

Hyundai Elantra

5,744

6,212

-7.4%

3

Toyota Corolla

4,930

4,121

10.6%

4

Mazda3

4,167

3,514

18.6%

5

Chevrolet Cruze

3,443

3,264

5.5%

6

Volkswagen Jetta

3,056

3,019

1.2%

7

Hyundai Accent

2,921

2,427

20.4%

8

Ford Focus

2,708

2,397

13.0%

9

Toyota Camry

2,450

787

211.3%

10

Nissan Altima

1,772

1,698

4.4%



Light Trucks



Truck

2012

2011

% gain/loss

1

Ford F-Series

13,205

10,882

21.3%

2

Ram pickup

9,082

8,047

12.9%

3

Dodge Caravan

7,520

9,121

-17.6%

4

GMC Sierra

4,808

5,112

-5.9%

5

Honda CR-V

4,677

3,345

42.5%

6

Ford Escape

4,573

5,765

-20.7%

7

Chevrolet Silverado

4,397

4,695

-6.3%

8

Dodge Journey

3,979

4,129

-3.6%

9

Hyundai Santa Fe

2,946

2,684

9.8%

10

Toyota RAV4

2,914

2,552

14.2%

Source: DesRosiers Automotive Consultants

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