Richmond Hill, Ontario – After taking second place to the all-new Hyundai Elantra in January and February, the Honda Civic has returned to the top of the new-car sales chart for March 2011, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The Ford F-Series retained the top spot among light trucks for the month. 

“It took a massive sales push in March, sales up 38.8 per cent, to do it, but the Civic has regained its decade-long position of being the best-seller passenger car,” DesRosiers said.

DesRosiers said that light trucks are selling well this year, due to several factors, including incentives on light trucks, a growing lack of car supply due to the Japanese earthquake, and restructuring of the Detroit-based companies that improves their ability to compete against import brands. “Since the product strength of the ‘Detroit Three’ is on the light-truck side of the business, this has been translated into better overall light truck performance relative to passenger car performance, where import nameplates do so well,” DesRosiers said.

In order, the top ten best-selling cars in Canada in March were the Honda Civic (8,031 sold), Toyota Corolla (4,445), Chevrolet Cruze (4,249), Hyundai Elantra (3,764), Mazda3 (2,856), Volkswagen Jetta (2,445), Hyundai Sonata (2,261), Ford Focus (2,174), Hyundai Accent (1,948) and Ford Fusion (1,837).

Year-to-date to the end of March, the top ten were the Honda Civic (11,957 sold), Hyundai Elantra (9,976), Toyota Corolla (8,566), Chevrolet Cruze (7,513), Mazda3 (6,370), Volkswagen Jetta (5,464), Ford Focus (4,571), Hyundai Accent (4,375), Toyota Matrix (4,112) and Hyundai Sonata (3,901).

In order, the top ten best-selling light trucks in March were the Ford F-Series ( 9,482 sold), Dodge Caravan (5,192), Dodge Ram (5,107), GMC Sierra (4,431), Ford Escape (3,890), Chevrolet Silverado (3,829), Dodge Journey (3,487), Honda CR-V (3,313), Toyota RAV4 (2,900) and Chevrolet Equinox (2,426).

Year-to-date to the end of March, the top ten were the Ford F-Series (20,364 sold), Dodge Caravan (14,313), Dodge Ram (13,154), Ford Escape (9,655), GMC Sierra (9,543), Chevrolet Silverado (8,524), Dodge Journey (7,616), Honda CR-V (6,658), Toyota RAV4 (5,452) and Chevrolet Equinox (5,024).

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