Numbers have come in for Canada's best selling cars and light trucks for the first third of 2013. Clinching the number one spot is the Hyundai Elantra, who's sales are up 3.9% from the same period a year ago, overtaking the Honda Civic.
The Civic's sales when compared to a year ago have dropped significantly, they're down 17.6%, despite being built in Ontario.
One factor may be that Canadians like hatchbacks. The Elantra offers a hatchback model but the Civic is only available in sedan and coupe versions. If Honda decides to bring back the Civic hatch, Canadians might be more interested.
Still, in terms of raw numbers, Hyundai only sold 161 more Elantras than Honda the Civic on a year to date basis.
Trucks are bigger news. Ford sold 12,016 of it's F-Series pick up truck during April, a jump of 38.3 percent from April 2012. Ford is being aggressive with it's pricing and updates, guarding it's market share from the brand new RAM truck which won truck of the year, and the soon to be released 2014 Chevy Silverado. RAM's sales were up 31 percent, and GMC's Sierra gained a very respectable 17.7 percent . Large pickup sales were up 26.4 percent on the year, a solid sign of a recovering economy. Sales of minivans continue to slide, dropping 15.6 percent as those customers move to crossovers and light SUVs.
Overall, Canadian car and light truck sales were up 8.9 percent in April, over April 2012.
In order, the top ten Canadian selling cars during the first 4 months of 2013 were: Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Accent and the Honda Accord.
The top ten Canadian selling light trucks, in order were: Ford F-Series, RAM pickup, GMC Sierra, Dodge Caravan, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca