Richmond Hill, Ontario – The Toyota Corolla topped Canadian passenger car sales lists in August 2008, the first time the Honda Civic has not led the charts in the last five years, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The Ford F-Series pickup continued to lead the light truck sales.

“The Toyota Corolla outsold the Civic in August, with sales for the month up 70.7 per cent,” DesRosiers said. “The Civic is still solidly ahead for the year-to-date and is having a very respectable sales year, with unit sales up 14.9 per cent. Mind you, Corolla is up 41.6 per cent year-to-date, but at this point, I suspect Civic will still hold its lead to the end of the year.”

DesRosiers said that entry-level sales are doing well relative to the market, even with gas prices coming down very quickly. The market for August was down 7.2 per cent, but entry-level sales were only down 3.3 per cent. Year-to-date entry level is now up 10.0 per cent, while the market is now up only 1.4 per cent.

In August, the top ten best-selling passenger cars, in order, were the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Camry, Pontiac Vibe, Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Accord, and Toyota Matrix.

The top ten year-to-date best-selling passenger cars to the end of August, in order, were the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Cobalt, Hyundai Accent, Pontiac G5, Toyota Camry, Toyota Matrix, and Ford Focus.

The top ten best-selling light trucks in August, in order, were the Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford Escape, Dodge Caravan, Ford Ranger, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Pontiac Montana SV6.

The top ten year-to-date best-selling light trucks to the end of August, in order, were the Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram, Dodge Caravan, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Escape, Ford Ranger, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Uplander.

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