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Overall Canadian Vehicle Sales for 2018

Overall Canadian Vehicle Sales for 2018

February 22, 2019

By Blair Qualey
Published by Post Media, February 22, 2019

Final new car sales results for 2018 are in and show the Canadian auto industry saw its second best year on record with just under 2-million vehicles sold across the country, according to Desrosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. The results are down 2.6 per cent compared to 2017 during which sales reached an all-time high.

The year-over-year sales decline was evident in British Columbia, as figures dropped 5.6 percent in comparison to 2017. Ontario and Quebec continue to remain Canada’s highest volume vehicle markets, with both provinces having outperformed the national average – although BC remains the volume leader for luxury vehicle sales.

Across Canada, December was the ninth straight month in which we saw light vehicle sales decline. However, that didn’t affect consumers continuing to buy their favourite brands. Once again, the Ford F-Series was the best-selling vehicle in Canada with 145,000 units sold in 2018. With 85,000 units purchased, Ram pickups came in second. It was of little surprise that the Honda Civic was once again listed as Canada’s best-selling passenger car after having sold 69,000 units in 2018 while the Toyota Corolla placed second.

While final year-end electric vehicle (EV) sales across the country are not yet available, by the end of the third quarter of 2018, there were more than 34,000 total Canadian EV sales, according to Fleetcarma. For 2017, total EV sales in Canada were 19,200. It is anticipated when total EV sales in Canada are calculated for 2018, they may exceed the previous three years combined. The top seller among Canadian EVs for the Q3 was the Tesla Model 3. In second and third place were the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt.

It is well known that BC is a leader in EV adoption and a factor has certainly been incentive programs that make the purchase of EVs more affordable for individuals or families. The CEVforBC™ Program paid out a total of 6,265 incentives in 2018. That’s over 4,000 more transactions than 2017. And the top three selling vehicles in BC receiving CEVforBC incentives were: Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander.

In just a matter of weeks, the Vancouver International Auto Show will take place and provide something for every car enthusiast – whether they have a love of sports cars, pick-up trucks, sedans, supercars, concept cars, or they have an interest in electric vehicles. The 99th annual Show, taking place between March 19-24 will once again feature a significant number of the newest model, electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen clean energy vehicles. It will also provide an opportunity for visitors to test-drive and learn more about this important, and growing consumer option through an expanded Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre with its test drive experience, presented by CEVforBC™ and charged up by FLO.

Popular models such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Soul EV, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chrysler Pacifica, and VW e-golf will be available to test drive onsite.

This year’s Auto Show has something for car lovers of all kinds and is jam packed with exceptional vehicles, we hope to see you there!  For more information about the Show, please visit:

Blair Qualey is President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at

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