Richmond Hill, Ontario – The Toyota Corolla was the best-selling passenger car in Canada in October, toppling the Honda Civic from the spot, while the Ford F-Series pickup remained the light truck leader by a wide margin, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

“The Honda Civic has  been the best-selling passenger car for a very long time, but a few months this year, the Corolla has challenged them for the lead,” DesRosiers said. “The Civic remains the best-selling year to date. Indeed, a real battle is brewing on the car side of the industry, with the Mazda3 also close on the heels of the Corolla and the Civic. Moving up into the middle of the top ten is the Hyundai Elantra and the Accent. The Elantra is having a huge year. The Accent is getting a lot of press with its ultra low price point, but their sales are actually down about 12 per cent this year.”

DesRosiers said that the best-performing segments have been vehicles designated for commercial use, down 4.2 per cent, and Large/Luxury/Sports cars, down only 5.0 per cent in a market that is down overall by 13.2 per cent. “This is a reflection on the price wars in the luxury segments and the recovering of the Canadian economy, and thus the increased need for pickup trucks and panel vans,” DesRosiers said.

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

Year-to-date to the end of October, the top ten best-sellers were, in order, the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Ford Focus, Toyota Matrix, Nissan Versa, and Ford Fusion.

The top ten best-selling light trucks in October were, in order, the Ford F-Series, Dodge Caravan, GMC Sierra, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4, Dodge Journey, and Toyota Venza.

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

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