Richmond Hill, Ontario – The Honda Civic and Ford F-Series finished out December 2008 and also the year 2008 overall as the top-selling car and light truck in Canada, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The Civic finished as the best-selling vehicle in Canada, with 72,463 sold, compared to 67,749 copies of the F-Series.

DesRosiers said the data “reconfirms the move back to passenger cars, which was up 3.9 per cent on the year, and away from light trucks, which were down by 6.4 per cent. Look for this to continue, even with lower fuel prices. So much of our product in Canada is driven by what Americans are buying, and therefore offered for sale in Canada, and the OEMs are playing to the government’s ‘green’ agenda in the U.S. in a very big way, and passenger cars are a very big part of that. So look for a continued move away from light trucks.”

DesRosiers also noted that, for the first time ever, over 50 per cent of Canadians bought small, fuel-efficient entry-level vehicles in 2008, with sales up 7.5 per cent. All other segments of the market were down in the high single-digit range, he said, and every passenger car in the top ten is a small B- or C-segment vehicle.

In order, the top ten best-selling passenger cars in Canada in December 2008 were the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris.

The top ten best-selling cars in 2008, in order, were the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Cobalt, Hyundai Accent, Pontiac G5, Toyota Camry, Ford Focus, and Toyota Matrix.

The top ten best-selling light trucks in Canada in December 2008, in order, were the Ford F-Series, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Ram, Honda CR-V, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, and Dodge Journey.

The top ten best-selling light trucks in 2008 were, in order, the Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram, Dodge Caravan, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford Escape, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Chevrolet Uplander.

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