Richmond Hill, Ontario – The Honda Civic and Ford F-Series topped the Canadian car and light truck sales in August, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Civic sales were down 18.5 per cent when compared to August 2008, but the F-Series was up by 7.6 per cent.

“This month I noticed that, at least on a year-to-date basis, that almost all the top ten passenger cars have substantial sales declines,” DesRosiers said. “Only two of the top ten vehicles are up this year, the Hyundai Elantra and the Ford Fusion. Also notice that almost all the top-ten cars that are down so much are smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. I thought fuel efficiency was a critical buying variable with consumers? Entry-level vehicle sales as a group are actually underperforming the market a little this year.”

The top ten best-selling passenger cars in August were, in order, the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus, Toyota Matrix, Nissan Versa, Ford Fusion, and Pontiac Vibe. There were 68,383 passenger cars sold in August 2009, down from 80,932 in August 2008.

Year-to-date, the top ten were the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Ford Focus, Nissan Versa, Toyota Matrix, and Ford Fusion.

The top ten light trucks in August were, in order, the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Caravan, GMC Sierra, Ford Escape, Dodge Ram, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda CR-V. There were 66,968 light trucks sold in August 2009, down from 66,046 in August 2008.

Year-to-date, the top ten were the Ford F-Series, Ford Escape, Dodge Caravan, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Ranger, and Honda CR-V.

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