No changes in rankings at the top but the order shuffled further down the list
Total sales of 1,898,485 new cars, trucks and utility vehicles in Canada in 2015 set another all-time record, but passenger car sales actually fell during the year, including those for most of the ten best-selling cars. Here's how they fared as individual models.
(All sales figures quoted courtesy of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants)
For the 18th consecutive year, the Honda Civic was Canada's best-selling car, although it was only the third-best-selling vehicle overall, behind the Ford F-Series and Ram pickups.
While 64,950 new Civics were sold in Canada in 2015, almost all built in this country, that figure was down 1.7% from 2014.
Although the Hyundai Elantra challenged the Civic's sales supremacy during some months, it was once again well back in second place for the full year.
In fact, Elantra's 47,722 sales were down 5.4% from 2014, almost demoting it to third place among passenger cars and leaving it in sixth place overall.
The Canadian-built Toyota Corolla, significantly revamped for 2015, still ranked third in the overall passenger car standings.
Sales of 47,198 Corollas in 2015 were down 3.7% from the year before, leaving the Toyota just over 500 units short of second place among cars and in seventh place overall.
Mazda's critically-acclaimed Mazda3 had a lock on fourth place in passenger-car sales, well back of third-place Corolla and comfortably in front of fifth-place Chevy Cruze.
While it held a secure fourth-place in passenger car rankings, its sales of 34, 8111 units were down fully 15.0% from 2014. Overall, the Mazda3 ranks 13th overall – a reflection of the surging popularity of CUV/SUVs, which hold most of the in-between positions.
Chevrolet's compact Cruze maintained fifth position among passenger cars, well ahead of the sixth place Jetta and the top-seller among North American cars in Canada.
Like the other cars in the top five, Cruze sales fell in 2015, down by 7.2% to 31,958 units and 14th place overall.
Volkswagen's Jetta hung on to sixth place in the passenger car sales rankings, in spite of a downturn in VW's fortunes as a result of its emissions-defeat scandal.
Sales of 27,719 Jettas were down 10.7% from the year before, making the Jetta 15th in overall sales, behind all the top-ten selling trucks and utility vehicles.
Ford's Focus was the second-best-selling North American car and the first vehicle in the top-ten pasenger car list to gain a position, passing the Hyundai Accent to claim seventh place.
It gained that position even though its sales fell by 5.8%, pushing it down to 20th place in the overall rankings.
Hyundai's Accent slipped a place in the rankings, to eighth in the passenger car rankings, but remained the best-selling sub-compact car in Canada and the highest ranked non-compact in the top ten.
The Accent's sales fell by 16.4% in 2015, pushing it down to 24th place in the overall rankings.
A new model for North America in 2015, the Volkswagen Golf climbed into the top ten in passenger car sales, displacing the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, in spite of VW's late year emissions scandal.
One of just two cars in the top ten to improve sales from 2014, Golf sales were up by a phenomenal 84.1%. It ranked 24th overall.
Toyota's revamped 2015 Camry surpassed both the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord to claim the final spot in the passenger car top-ten list and reclaim the top spot among intermediate cars.
It was the only car in the top ten, along with the Golf, to improve sales from 2014 – in this case by 4.8. Its sales ranked 24th overall.
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