Honda’s compact-car hero is made of metal, glass, plastic and rubber, but it might as well be made of Teflon. It shrugs off all challengers, including the current utility-vehicle wave that has so far drowned many other small-car labels.
The Civic remains a strong seller in Canada and the United States, which is critical for the stability of the Alliston, Ont., assembly plant that builds the car, Honda Canada CEO Dave Gardner says.
“It’s pretty evident me that the success of Civic and the ongoing sustainability of Honda Canada manufacturing are closely linked Gardner said.
The Civic has been Canada’s top-selling car for 21 straight years and was the country’s third-highest-selling vehicle in 2018 behind only the Ford F series and Ram pickups. Last year, Civic sales in Canada were essentially flat at 69,005 units as the car market as a whole shrank 7.2 per cent, boosting the Civic’s share of the Canadian new-vehicle market to 11.6 per cent.
Its share continued to grow in the beginning of 2019. Through June, Honda sold 32.398 Civics. While that’s down 8.8 per cent from a year earlier, the car market as a whole declined, and the Civic’s share grew to 12.2 per cent.
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