As for the highest sales year ever, that occurred in 2008, when 72,463 Civics were moved off dealership lots.
Considering the Honda Civic has been Canada's best-selling passenger car for the past 19 years, it's no secret the automaker has sold a lot of the cars. To be more exact, the two millionth Civic was sold this month in Canada, and while that's an impressive feat, Honda released a slew of cool Civic tidbits to go along with its press release.
For instance, 4.8 million Civics have been built for worldwide markets at Honda's plant in Alliston, Ontario. That facility became the global lead plant for the Civic in 2015 for the 10th generation model, which was the first time ever a global lead plant was located outside of Japan. Alliston has been producing Civics since 1988, when it built the three-door model.
The Civic has been averaging about 64,000 sales in Canada since 2016, but when the vehicle launched in this country in 1973, those numbers were a bit more ... subdued. In that year, just 747 Civics were sold. It's pretty amazing to think those were the first of two million (and counting), but you know what they say about the journey of 1,000 miles (or kilometres, in our case).
As for the highest sales year ever, that occurred in 2008, when 72,463 Civics were moved off dealership lots. Sales haven't reached 70,000 since then, which may be attributed to the fact that there's so much more competition in the segment now. Year-to-date sales through April this year are higher than in 2016. Honda finished 2016 selling 64,552 Civics, so reaching 70,000 this year could be difficult, though possible.
As proof of how much consumer tastes can change, it's interesting that the hatchback was the only available version of the Civic in Canada from 1973 - 1979, yet it was abandoned by Honda Canada starting in 2004. The five-door made its triumphant return this year, though, and it will even come in a high-performance Type R configuration later in 2017. Here's hoping we'll once again see a wagon version, which was dropped from the Canadian lineup way back in 1991.
We're guessing a lot of you own, have owned, or know someone who has owned a Civic at some point. Feel free to post any cool personal Civic tidbits of your own in the comments section—we'd love to hear them!