Canadians and Our Cars
It’s no secret that Canadians love their cars, from the gas-guzzling behemoths of the 1970s to the electric vehicles gaining in popularity today. Let’s take a road trip across the Canadian landscape to discover some interesting – and downright strange – facts about cars right here at home.
What province has the most electric and hybrid cars insured by belairdirect?
If you guessed British Columbia, you’re right! Incentive programs for purchasing battery, plug-in and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles have been put in place following new legislation that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission by 2040.
According to our belairdirect statistics, between 2017 and 2018, sales of hybrid vehicles jumped by 58% in Quebec, 79% in Ontario and a whopping 227% in British Columbia!
What’s the most stolen car in Canada?
Give yourself a round of applause if you guessed the Ford F-150. Believe it or not, Ford trucks make up 9 of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country!*
Which (gas-guzzling) blast from the past was Canada’s favourite car in the 1970s?
Back in the 1970s, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was all the rage in Canada. This 1,500 kg car had a gas-guzzling V8 engine and stretched an impressive 5.3 metres long. Canadians’ favourite car colour back in the day? Red – presumably so everyone would turn their heads to watch these behemoths rumble down the road.
In the decades since, Canadian tastes have changed dramatically. The most popular colour now? Silver.
Who drives what across Canada?
The cars we insure at belairdirect are all over the Canadian map. Ever wonder who drives what? Take a look:
|The Silent Generation
|1.||Honda Civic||Honda Civic||Honda Civic||Toyota Corolla|
|2.||Mazda 3||Dodge Grand Caravan||Toyota Corolla||Honda Civic|
|3.||Hyundai Elantra||Hyundai Elantra||Hyundai Elantra||Dodge Grand Caravan|
What province was the first to make wearing seat belts mandatory, and when?
The cars of the 50s and 60s lacked seat belts, collapsible steering columns and breakaway engine mounts – the basic building blocks of car safety.
Ontario was the first province to make seat belts mandatory, on January 1, 1976. Yukon only passed its seat belt law… in 1991!
Some fun – and sometimes strange – facts about Canadians and their cars
- The very first airbags were invented in the 50s. Most Canadian cars today come equipped with at least 6 airbags.
- Power steering wasn’t introduced in Canada until 1951.
- Reversing cameras are a recent feature on all new vehicles. They were actually introduced in the futuristic-looking 1956 Buick Centurion concept car, designed to replace all the car mirrors.
- The evolution of music on the go in Canada is a long one: AM radios in 1930, FM in 1952, 8-track players in 1965 and CDs in 1985.
- But did you know Chrysler unveiled the Highway Hi-Fi in 1956? This dash-mounted turntable was built to give drivers the freedom to play records on the road. The idea was quickly scratched – for obvious reasons – but it shows the lengths we’ll go to enjoy our music.
*Source: IBC Top 10 Stolen Vehicles