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The Porsche 911 dethroned by the Civic

What we look at on the web reveals many things about our lives, our worries, our aspirations. On Google, the top three searches for Quebecers this year were Wordle, Ukraine, and World Cup. Make your own conclusions. On the automobile side, the Honda Civic dethroned the Porsche 911 for first place.

The cost of living in general, of gasoline and cars in particular, has obviously had an effect on vehicle searches on the AutoHebdo platform.

“We are not talking about the best-selling models, these are the most sought after. But that says a lot about what turns us on, explains spokesperson Benoit Béland. What we can say is that there is a return to the cheapest cars and the Civic is the most spectacular example. »

For Canada as a whole, the Honda Civic jumped from sixth to second, with the top spot still unsurprisingly taken by the Ford F-150.

Another sign of the times, the Toyota Corolla has climbed eight places in the ranking (from 23me at 15me square). The popularity of the Toyota Corolla is even more pronounced in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, where this model has risen among the 10 most wanted vehicles. Internet users were also considerably more numerous to look at the Mazda3.

This is not negligible, because changes in ranking positions are “rarely” observed.

Last year, we were visibly in a completely different frame of mind. In a parenthesis influenced by difficult months of pandemic. We needed to dream, I guess. What ended up at the top of the charts? A luxury car, not least the Porsche 911, even if ordinary mortals can’t afford to put this type of car in their driveway. It costs nothing to see…

To reach the top of the standings, the Porsche 911 had jumped seven positions at once. And it dethroned the Honda Civic, which had held that position for four years. The parenthesis full of dreams now seems closed. He’s back to normal. “We seemed more realistic than last year,” agrees Benoit Béland.


Benoit Béland, spokesperson for AutoHebdo

The price of gasoline, which hit $2 a liter in the spring, also seems to have an effect on the popularity of electric vehicles. Searches for this category increased by 148%, an all-time high. Last year, the increase in searches was half, 71%, which was already a lot.

A study carried out in March also revealed that the price of gasoline was the main motivation for 66% of people who intended to buy an electric vehicle. The environment and the little maintenance required came later.

The shortage of vehicles, whether new or used, obviously continued to have an impact on the market and on the AutoHebdo website. Especially raising prices.

On average, new models were listed at $52,898 in Quebec (October data, latest available), an increase of 20% in one year.

At the same time, the price of used vehicles was $34,159, a dramatic jump of 26%.

The good news, for those who extend the life of their vehicle while waiting for a better time to replace it, is that sometimes “prices have been going down every month since June,” says Benoit Béland. We finally see the end of the tunnel.

That being said, with stocks still pretty low and demand strong, we still can’t be too careful about make, model, color, and options. Because the vehicles leave fast. On the new side, they spend an average of 49 days on the AutoHebdo site, instead of 86 like last year.

In such an atypical market, it can also be tempting not to be too careful when signing up with a dealer. Especially when you’ve been waiting for this moment for months and months.

But beware of illegal fees of all kinds for documentation, administration, file opening or inspection. Class action lawsuits have been filed against dozens of dealers. You cannot be forced to buy anything else to make the sale, be it tire insurance, paint protection film or wheel locks.

An informed motorist is worth two!

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