Canada’s Favourite Cars

Automakers around the country got a bit of good news earlier this year – sales in 2011 increased. About 1.59 million cars were sold in Canada in 2011, up from 1.56 million in 2010. If you’re in the market for a car, read on to find out about Canada’s favourite cars.

Top Automakers

According to market research company DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, the top five automakers, based on their 2011 unit sales, are as follows:

  1. Ford, with 275,850 units
  2. General Motors, 242,815 units
  3. Chrysler, 229,624 units
  4. Toyota, 148,896 units
  5. Hyundai, 129,240 units

As you can see, Ford leads the way, with General Motors and Chrysler close behind. Ford attributes its success to the continued sales of the Fiesta and the Focus. The automaker focused on making vehicles that are energy efficient, appealing to the large group of us that are worried about gas prices and their tendency to increase. If you want to go with an automaker that others consider worthy of buying, you might want to choose one from this list.

Best-selling Passenger Cars and Trucks

As is mentioned above, Ford’s less expensive Fiesta and Focus help make the automaker top in the country for sales. These two passenger cars get approximately 33 miles to the gallon- pretty good for cars of this size. If spending less on gas important to you, consider taking the Ford Fiesta or Focus out for a test drive.

Also a Ford favourite? The F-series trucks. These trucks are easy to drive and less expensive than some of their rivals, thus appealing to many. Although the Fiesta, Focus and F-series trucks helped make Ford number one for sales overall, the Honda Civic became the best-selling passenger car for the 14th year in a row. This is even more impressive considering the fact that the March 2011 tsunami had a big impact on Japanese automakers and their car sales in the U.S. and Canada. The Civic continues to top the charts due to its reasonable price, good miles to the gallon and solid reputation.

Close on the Civic’s heels? The surprising Hyundai Elantra. This Korean-made car led in the beginning of 2011, until the Civic picked up and regained its leading position. The affordable, small Elantra appeals to those who want a small car to nip around town in. Its stylish exterior makes it look more expensive than it is – this is a good option for those of you who don’t have too much to spend but want a new car and one that looks good.

Speaking of looking good, one of the most important things you can do with any car is to keep it in tip top shape. Take it in for every suggested maintenance check, regularly change the oil, check the tires for wear and tear and take it to a windshield repair service if the windshield gets scratched. This will keep your car functioning well and, almost as important, looking its best.