Driving By Numbers: Canada’s 10 best-selling automobiles in 2022’s first half

Driving By Numbers: Canada’s 10 best-selling automobiles in 2022’s first half

Keep in mind when coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks used to make up the vast majority of new-vehicle gross sales? Issues have, uh, modified

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Saggy denims, iPods, that little cursor controller in the course of your laptop computer keyboard, choosing motion pictures at Blockbuster. At one time or one other, no matter whether or not you promote it, you wore these denims, you had been hooked on a music-dedicated machine, you swore by that TrackPoint, and also you even overpaid for snacks on the video retailer.

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Oh, and also you additionally drove a automobile.

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Keep in mind automobiles? As just lately as 2009, the vast majority of new automobiles bought in Canada had been passenger automobiles.

Through the first six months of 2022, solely 17 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} – roughly one in six – of the automobiles bought in Canada had been automobiles. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of passenger automobiles formally out there in 2022 barely register significant gross sales volumes because of the dominance of Canada’s prime sellers. The ten best-selling automobiles in Canada account for six out of each 10 automobile gross sales. Three automobiles, on their very own, type one-third of the automobile market.

After all, automobiles haven’t completely gone out of fashion — not like dishevelled denims. Vehicles haven’t been completely outdated by new expertise, not in the way in which the iPhone principally erased the iPod. In the interim, automobiles do greater than merely cater to the whims of a TrackPoint-obsessed cult. Vehicles additionally proceed to say a place within the market — not like Blockbuster.

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However their numbers are frighteningly small, not aided in any respect by a supply-chain crunch that’s inflicting gross sales quantity to shrink in each nook of the market. Nonetheless, the outcomes are worse for automobiles, which have seen their collective Canadian quantity fall 21 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} in 2022’s first half. Gentle vehicles, which embody vehicles and SUVs and crossovers and vans, are down simply 9 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}.

Nonetheless, automakers desire to chew on a much bigger slice of the pie, even when that pie is shrinking earlier than our very eyes. These are the ten best-selling automobiles in Canada in 2022’s first half.

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Toyota Prius Prime
Toyota Prius Prime Picture by Toyota

10. Toyota Prius: 2,356, down 24 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

So extreme are the declines of traditionally fashionable automobiles that the Toyota Prius, typically incapable of manufacturing the form of influence in Canada that it has had within the U.S., moved into the High 10 regardless of a 24-percent year-over-year drop. At this stage of 2021, the Prius trailed the Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen Jetta, and Volkswagen Golf. These 4 automobiles are down 43 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}, 64 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}, 60 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}, and 73 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}, respectively, in 2022.

9. Honda Accord: 2,618, down 21 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

Not since 2014, when 16,962 Accords had been adequate for the Accord to finish the 12 months because the Tenth-ranked automobile, has Honda’s midsize automobile completed a calendar 12 months as a Canadian top-seller. May 2022 be a re-start for Honda? With the Match and Perception discontinued, the Accord now makes up half of Honda’s automobile lineup, albeit solely 15 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} of Honda’s automobile gross sales.

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8. Mazda 3: 4,970, down 20 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

If there’s anybody particular person automobile on this record that shows the hole between Canada’s pre-Nice-Recession automobile market and the automobile market of 2022, the Mazda 3 could be it. It was a distinct time with a distinct mindset and totally different expectations, however Mazda however bought 50,317 3s in 2008. A decade later, Mazda 3 quantity was down 47 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} from 2008 ranges. Will Mazda Canada transfer even 10,000 3s in 2022?

2022 Kia Forte GT-Line
2022 Kia Forte GT-Line Picture by Peter Bleakney

7. Kia Forte: 5,254, down 30 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

With all of the demand limitations of 2020 and the preliminary provide constraints of 2021, the Kia Forte didn’t actually battle. Forte quantity held regular close to pre-pandemic ranges. 2022 tells a distinct story. Actually, the actually totally different story revealed itself within the second quarter, a interval during which Forte quantity plunged 55 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} as incoming stock all however dried up.

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6. Nissan Sentra: 5,328, up 6 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

Though the Nissan Sentra’s Canadian output is a far cry from the overall quantity of the three compact-car leaders, the Sentra has gained heaps of market share in 2022. Launched in all-new type simply because the pandemic struck, Sentra quantity started rising within the latter phases of 2020 after which jumped 47 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} in 2021. In contrast with final 12 months, the Sentra’s share of Canada’s compact automobile market is up from 5.8 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac} to eight.2 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}.

2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade
2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade Picture by Toyota

5. Toyota Camry: 6,009, down 0.1 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

First, the underside fell out of the full-size sedan market. And earlier than reaching for the compact-car class’s throat, the SUV/crossover sector first punched the midsize sedan section under the belt. But the Toyota Camry someway persists as a quantity participant, outselling its nearest rival by greater than two-to-one. Regardless of the business’s provide disaster, the Camry is on observe for its finest 12 months since 2019.

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4. Tesla Mannequin 3: 7,054, up 23 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}*

For the primary time, regardless of the continued lack of month-to-month model-specific gross sales reporting from Tesla, we’re really capable of chronicle Mannequin 3 quantity due to paperwork from Transport Canada. So, why the asterisk? The Mannequin 3’s 7,054 models really refers solely to automobiles ordered earlier than a worth enhance pushed the Mannequin 3 out of the federal authorities’s EV incentive program’s worth spectrum, however that had been delivered within the first half of 2022. Pair these gross sales with Mannequin 3s that didn’t and don’t qualify for the rebate, an unknown quantity, for the Mannequin 3’s respectable gross sales tally.

3. Hyundai Elantra: 12,932, up 4 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

Solidly positioned as a member of Canada’s top-tier trio, the Hyundai Elantra very clearly stands out from its fellow high-volume compacts in 2022 due to a year-over-year gross sales enhance. (The Elantra’s prime two rivals mixed to lose greater than 10,000 gross sales via the primary half of the 12 months.) The Elantra isn’t Hyundai’s solely success story in 2022. The all-electric Ioniq 5 pumped out 3,551 gross sales between January and June, greater than the Accord and Prius. The issue? Regardless of its hatchback form, the Ioniq 5 is definitely categorized as a utility automobile.

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2022 Honda Civic Touring and Toyota Corolla XSE
2022 Honda Civic Touring and Toyota Corolla XSE Picture by Elliot Alder

2. Toyota Corolla: 14,998, down 27 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

Within the notorious phrases of Jim Carrey’s Lloyd Christmas, “So that you’re telling me there’s an opportunity.” Lengthy one of many prime sellers in Canada, the Toyota Corolla has by no means really ended a calendar 12 months as the preferred automobile. However via the primary six months of 2022, the Corolla trails the No. 1 automobile by solely 333 models. Granted, the Corolla was within the prime spot at this stage a 12 months in the past and nonetheless managed to finish 2021 greater than 3,500 gross sales in arrears.

1. Honda Civic: 15,331, down 24 {7e44665ad31c7163a3225b5cdeca12ae8e1ba5a9651d05b2285576263eb8f3ac}

It’s a detailed race, one which Honda was really shedding at this level one 12 months in the past. However who’s ready to wager towards the Civic, Canada’s best-selling automobile in every of the final 24 years? Not since 2008 has the Civic been Canada’s best-selling automobile total — it at present trails 4 pickups and two SUVs for that title in 2022. Within the automobile sector, nonetheless, the Honda Civic is on observe to mark a quarter-century as Canada’s chief.


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