Richmond Hill, Ontario – The Mazda3 topped sales of new passenger cars in Canada in February, ahead of the Honda Civic that previously held the title, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The Ford F-Series pickup truck once again led light truck sales.

“For most of the last decade, the Honda Civic was the best-selling passenger car in Canada, and now for the second month in a row, it moved down the list,” DesRosiers said. “Don’t count them out, but with sales down 57.6 per cent in February, they have a long way to catch up to their previous glory. The Civic is still only a few hundred units behind the new leader, so this will be a battle to watch all year.”

DesRosiers said that the large luxury categories are performing as well as small, fuel-efficient vehicles. “Not the same volume, but both are down a few points less than the total market,” DesRosiers said. “Half the Canadian markets are still buying small, fuel-efficient vehicles, and if you separated fleet from retail, you would see that closer to 60 per cent of retail is small fuel-efficient, and this is with lower gas prices. The commercial segments and the midsize segments continue to collapse.”

In order, the top ten best-selling cars in Canada in February were the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, Dodge Caliber, Toyota Matrix, and Ford Focus.

Year-to-date, the top ten best-selling cars in order were the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Matrix, Nissan Versa, Ford Focus and Dodge Caliber.

In order, the top ten best-selling trucks in Canada in February were the Ford F-Series, Dodge Caravan, Ford Escape, Dodge Ram, Hyundai Santa Fe, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Ranger.

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

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