Toyota Corolla garners Q2 top spot among passenger cars

The Toyota Corolla edged out the popular Honda Civic to take the top spot among passenger cars for the second quarter of 2021, year-to-date, thanks to a sales increase of 93.3%, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC).

The company prepared a list of top 10 selling vehicles for Q2 2021, and noted that the Honda Civic managed a modest 42.6% quarterly sales increase. The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte placed third and fourth, respectively. And thanks to a 151.6% quarterly sales increase, the Toyota Camry jumped up to fifth place, while the Nissan Sentra noted a 112.1% sales increase and secured its position in eighth place.

DAC said the second quarter was a period of recovery for the new light vehicle market, with a 51.8% increase compared to the same period in 2020. That said, with 478,716 units sold, DAC said these results “remained unimpressive” compared to normal Q2 levels, because they fell short of the 568,252 units sold in the second quarter of 2019. 

“Both pandemic restrictions and semiconductor shortages impacted the market in Q2 2021, and while the market did recover from 2020, this growth was far from evenly distributed leading to some important shifts in the top model rankings,” said Andrew King, Managing Partner of DAC.

That was evident among passenger cars. For light trucks, the Ford F-Series remained the top selling vehicle in Canada during Q2 2021—but it was impacted by microchip-related shortages, which means the F-Series was only able to secure a 4.0% sales increase for the quarter. 

In comparison, the Toyota RAV4 managed a 127.5% sales increase, claiming second place for the quarter and third on a YTD basis. The RAV4 is behind the Ram pickup on the YTD basis, although the pickup was also hard-hit by the semiconductor issue. 

The Hyundai Kona, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, and Nissan Rogue took positions, seven, eight, nine and 10, respectively. All recorded similar sales increases and were within a mere few hundred units of one another.

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