The Hyundai Elantra was Canada’s most popular passenger car again in April and through the first four months of 2013, albeit just barely.
With sales up 3.0% from April 2012, the Elantra outsold the perennial sales leader, the Honda’s Civic by 111 units. Civic sales were down 9.7% for the month and they're down 17.6% for the first four months of 2013, despite a recent mid-cycle styling refresh.
Elantra sales are up 3.9% year-to-date keeping the Korean model in first place in passenger-car sales through April, with a margin of 161 vehicles.
Toyota's Corolla ( 8.8% month/-5.3% year) held third place among passenger cars, in a close year-to-date race with the Mazda3 (-14.6%/ 2.0%), which was pushed hard by Chevrolet's Cruze ( 13.4%/ 2.5%) in April.
The Volkswagen Jetta ( 17.4%/ 33.1%), Ford Focus ( 6.4%/-4.1%), and Ford Fusion, ( 20.8%/ 28.8%) claimed sixth through eighth places on the charts, for both the month and year-to-date.
Hyundai's Accent (-24.8%/-20.0%) was ninth, year-to-date, but the Toyota Camry ( 1.9%) pushed it to tenth for the month. Honda's Accord (/ 165.9%), maintained tenth year-to-date.
Ford holds truck lead
The GMC Sierra ( 17.7%/ 8.9%) surpassed the Dodge Caravan (-23.4%/-15.6%) to claim third place among trucks for both the month and the year-to-date.
Ford's Escape ( 26.4%/ 5.6%) maintained fifth place among trucks and a clear lead among CUV/SUVs.
Honda's CRV ( 30.6%/-18.7%) was fifth for the month, ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup ( 10.0/ 7.7%) and Toyota RAV4 ( 36.1%/ 38.6%) although they have both outsold it year-to-date.
The Dodge Journey ( 0.9%/ 1.2%) and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ( 16.5%/ 18.1%) completed the top ten in truck sales, for both April and year-to-date.
Overall Canadian vehicle sales were up 8.9% in April with the greatest coming from light truck segments ( 16.3%), while passenger car sales ( 1.0%) remained stagnant.