Despite gas pump prices dropping across the country in October (last week, the national average was $0.84/L, with a low of $0.75 in Ottawa) Canadian new car buyers continue their love affair with small cars.
According to figures from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, what the firm calls “small entry level vehicles” were up 6.4 per cent in October and up 9.6 per cent year to date.
Sitting at the top is the ubiquitous Toyota Corolla with 3,999 units, an increase of 41.8 per cent from the same month last year. The Honda Civic was a close second at 3,937, but still number one year to date.
And despite what you may have heard, Ford still sells a few pickup trucks.
Dodge Ram sales up almost 40 per cent. But with 4,527 units in October and 59,326 units year to date, the F150 is still numero uno in Canadian truck sales.
You can click on the chart, above left, for more detail.
So compared to our friends south of the border—who keep going back to buying pickups and SUVs with every penny drop in gas prices— are Canadian new car buyers smarter, or just poorer than our American cousins?
[Source: DesRosiers, MJ Ervin & Associates]