Believe it or not, not all Canadians in the market for a new vehicle default to a tall crossover or SUV. While it might seem like that segment is pervading your neighbourhood like ivy climbing up a wall, there are still plenty of sedans and hatchbacks being sold in the Great White North. Let’s walk through the Top Ten cars as measured by Canadian sales in the first two months of 2019.
Honda Civic – 7385 units sold
Leading the way this year, by far, is the Honda Civic. During the first two months of 2019, the little car from the big H exerted dominance over its rivals, with 7385 of the things finding new homes. The Civic benefits from Honda’s smart decision to offer the car in a passel of different bodystyles – sedan, hatchback, and coupe – and with a healthy list of engine and transmission options.
Toyota Corolla – 5220 units sold
So far in 2019, sales of the Civic far outstrips Canada’s #2 car, the Toyota Corolla. It sold 5220 units in January and February. This number, it must be noted, is but a single car off their performance during the same time period last year. Consistency, thy name is Toyota. With the new-for-2020 model coming online, plus a hybrid, expect this total to rise.
Tesla Model 3 – 4200 units sold
During the first 58 days of this calendar year, it is estimated that Tesla delivered 4200 Model 3 compact cars, more than good enough to slide into third place amongst the car segment in Canada. Given that numbers were, well, zero at this time last year, that number can definitely be classified in the Explosive Growth category.
Hyundai Elantra – 3770 units sold
Canadians love a bargain, as evidenced by the proliferation of dollar stores and bargain bins across our good nation. This helps to explain why the Hyundai Elantra is perennially near the top of our list, having sold a grand total of 3770 cars in the first two months of this year. Value for money, attractive styling, and features once found only on luxury cars routinely top the list of why people decide to sign on the dotted line for a new Elantra.
Mazda 3 – 2610 units sold
The sporty little 3 makes an excellent case for itself when driven back-to-back with competitive cars from other manufacturers. A relatively anemic dealership network compared to the Big Guns doesn’t seem to diminish Canadian’s enthusiasm for the zoom-zoom Mazda 3, a car which is smartly offered in both sedan and hatchback form to the tune of 2610 sales so far this year.
Volkswagen Golf – 2111 units sold
The hatchback from this German company is responsible for 2111 sales for the brand in January and February, down from 3401 this time last year. Explanations for the drop are thin on the ground, although residual fallout from the diesel scandal surely doesn’t help.
Volkswagen Jetta – 1986 units sold
Freshly restyled inside and out, der neue Jetta raked in more than double the number of sales than it did during the same time period one year ago. If VW combined sales of the Jetta sedan, coming in at 1986 units, with those of the Golf, they’d be up there with the likes of the Corolla and Model 3.
Toyota Camry – 1849 units sold
The first mid-size family sedan doesn’t show up on this list until the #8 spot, with the Camry and its 1849 sales so far this year. Adding a dose of aggressiveness to the Toyota four-door seems to have worked, as transactions of 1849 cars represent a more than 23% increase in volume. Putting a cool set of clothes on the geography teacher seems to have worked, then.
Kia Forte – 1732 units sold
A close cousin to the Elantra which appeared at #4, a total of 1732 customers parked a new Forte in their driveway so far this year. Appealing to the same value-added sensibilities as the Hyundai, the little Kia is a perennial favourite in the small car segment.
Ford Fusion – 1366 units sold
The good-looking but soon-to-be-binned Ford Fusion found 1366 takers in this country during the first two months of 2019 as dealers move them off the lots to make way for more crossovers and SUVs. Save for the Honda Accord, which just misses the top ten, no other midsize sedan cracked the four-figure mark yet this year in reported sales.
Here’s a stat for you: even in the cold clutches of winter, the sporty Audi TT outsold the Fiat 500 by a margin of 2:1. This speaks to several things, not the least of which is FCA’s sudden propensity to fling its namesake brand into the deep end of the pool to see if it can swim. Other fun observations include hardy Canadian souls plunking down their hard earned cash on sports cars in the middle of winter: Mazda moved 48 MX-5 convertibles, Nissan found 55 buyers for the 370Z coupe, and a total of 165 customers decided wintertime was the right time to buy a new Corvette.