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Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series & Ram break records in first 2m year

The Ford F-Series is the first nameplate to sell over 150.000 units in a single year in Canada.

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Just as its neighbour the U.S. has finally plateaued and swung into negative territory, 2017 is a historic year for Canadian new light vehicles sales: for the first time in the country’s history, more than two million vehicles found a new home in a single year (2.043.500) thanks to a 4.6% year-on-year uplift. This means the Canadian market has now grown for eight consecutive years (the last recorded drop was in 2009) and has broken its all-time volume record for the past five straight years, lifting it from 1.744.600 in 2013. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light truck sales in Canada are up a whopping 8.7% year-on-year to 1.398.975 units or 68.6% share vs. 66% a year ago whereas passenger cars are down 3.4% to 639.823 and 31.4% share vs. 34% in 2016.

The Ram Pickup ends 2017 with a new sales record and only 1.535 below the 100.000 mark.

Ford Motor remains the most popular auto group in the country but sees its share thaw to 15.1% due to a meagre 1.3% sales improvement. Reversely, General Motors is catching up fast with a 13.3% sure lifting it from 13.7% and #3 last year to 14.8% and #2 in 2017. FCA, #1 in 2015, is down 3.5% to #3. Honda Motor (+5.7%), Daimler AG (+8.2%), Nissan Motor (+8.3%), Jaguar Land Rover (+13.1%) and the Volkswagen Group (+16.9%) also outpace the market. Brand-wise, Ford (+1.4%) remains comfortably in the lead, however all its immediate followers advance faster: Toyota (+4.7%), Honda (+6.3%), Chevrolet (+12.9%) and Nissan (+10%). GMC (+17.5%) and Ram (+11.2%) also post double-digit gains while Hyundai (-6%) and Dodge (-8%) go backwards. Below, Tesla (+95.7%), Maserati (+83.8%), Jaguar (+52.3%), Audi (+17.9%), Porsche (+16.8%), Volvo (+16.4%), Volkswagen (+16%), Mercedes (+11.8%) and Lexus (+10%) make themselves noticed. Alfa Romeo (from 85 to 1.113 sales) and Genesis (from 93 to 525) shoot up thanks to new models.

The Honda Civic is the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 20th year in a row.

The Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the 9th consecutive year and the 14th time in the past 15 years (only interruption was by the Honda Civic in 2008). Thanks to deliveries up 7%, the F-Series breaks the annual volume record for any nameplate in a single year in Canada for the 6th time in the past eight years (and as early as end-November), lifting it to 155.290, the first time above 150.000 units. Note the F-Series is the only nameplate in the history of automobile in Canada to have ever crossed the 100.000 annual unit-milestone, and has done so for the past 6 years. The Ram Pickup does not end far off this year though: thanks to sales up 11%, it also breaks its own annual volume record to lift it to 98.465. In third place overall, the Honda Civic (+7%) is the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 20th year in a row, comfortably distancing the Toyota Corolla (+10%) at 69.030 units vs. 50.332 while the Hyundai Elantra (-6%) is out of the Top 10.

The Chevrolet Silverado (+31%) helps GM up 13.3% in 2017.

With the GMC Sierra surging 21% to #4 and the Chevrolet Silverado soaring 31% to #5, the Canadian sales charts has four full-size pickup trucks in the Top 5 for the first time ever. The Toyota RAV4 (+4%) remains the best-selling SUV but Honda CR-V (+13%) is catching up fast and ends the year only 451 units below. The Hyundai Tucson (+28%), VW Golf (+22%), Chevrolet Equinox (+27%), Kia Forte (+33%), Subaru Impreza (+30%) and VW Tiguan (+34%) also impress in the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai (#56) is the most popular new launch for 2017, ahead of the VW Atlas (#97), Toyota C-HR (#106) and Chevrolet Bolt (#158).

Previous month: Canada November 2017: Market down 1% but 2m annual result now certain

Previous year: Canada Full Year 2016: Ford F-Series at peak in 4th straight record year

Two years ago: Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

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Canada November 2017: Market down 1% but 2 million annual result now certain

The Honda CR-V is up 36% year-on-year in Canada to #3. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market is down year-on-year for only the second time in 2017 after last April with November sales at -1% to 159.014 units. However the year-to-date volume remains frankly in record territory at 1.918.827 deliveries, up 5.2% on the previous record established last year, headed towards a fifth consecutive annual record and now certain to break the 2 million annual unit milestone for the first time in history. According to local consultancy Desrosiers which has a slightly lower sales total due to the exclusion of a handful of luxury brands, light trucks gain 2.7% to 114.592 units or a gargantuan 72.2% share vs. 68.3% year-to-date whereas passenger cars freefall 10% to 44.061 units or just 27.8% share vs. 31.7% so far in 2017.

Ford Motor reclaims the top of the group ladder it holds year-to-date despite a 2.8% decline to 14.4% share, edging past General Motors down a harsh 17.2% (after a 26.5% surge last month) while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (-7.8%) rounds up the podium. The Volkswagen Group (+27.4%), Daimler (+7.9%) and Nissan Motor (+7.8%) are among the best performing groups. Brand-wise, Ford leads but is down 2.8% ahead of Toyota (+3.4%) while Chevrolet is back up to #3 despite a 13.6% drop, distancing Honda (+1.2%) and Nissan (+8%). Acura (+10.1%), Mercedes (+14.1%), Mitsubishi (+14.8%), Kia (+15.5%), Audi (+19.3%), Porsche (+30.3%), Volkswagen (+31.8%), Tesla (+44.6%) and Volvo (+61.1%) post the largest year-on-year gains and on the other end of the scale Smart (-91.5%), Bentley (-73.2%), Fiat (-66.1%), Chrysler (-43.6%), Buick (-36.5%), GMC (-20.1%) and Dodge (-16.6%) suffer the most.

Unsurprisingly the Ford F-Series is the best-selling nameplate in the country once again with sales up 11% to a new November record of 12.548, with the Ram Pickup (+3%), Honda CR-V (+36%), GMC Sierra (-11%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+3%) all up one spot on October, benefiting from the fall of the Honda Civic (-11%) from #2 last month to #7 in November. The Toyota RAV4 (+6%) becomes the best-selling Toyota in Canada year-to-date, passing the Corolla, while the Hyundai Tucson (+20%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+26%), VW Golf (+31%), Subaru Impreza (+38%), Kia Sorento (+45%), Mazda CX-3 (+51%), Subaru Crosstrek (+60%), Jeep Wrangler (+65%), Mercedes GLC (+66%), Toyota Camry (+73%) and VW Tiguan (+76%) are among the biggest gainers in the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai is up a further six spots to #26, cementing its domination of recent launches above the VW Atlas (#65), Toyota C-HR (#89), Chevrolet Bolt (#105), Kia Niro (#145) and Range Rover Velar (#154).

Previous month: Canada October 2017: General Motors shoots up 26.5%, market up 6.3%

One year ago: Canada November 2016: General Motors surges 31% in pickup market

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Canada October 2017: General Motors shoots up 26.5%, market up 6.3%

The Chevrolet Silverado is up 59% year-on-year in Canada in October.

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The first 2 million sales annual result in the history of automobile in Canada is now almost certain: October sales push up another 6.3% to 164.643, lifting the year-to-date volume up 5.6% or 93.000 units to a record 1.760.162 in ten months. According to local consultancy Desrosiers which has a slightly lower sales total due to the exclusion of a handful of luxury brands, light trucks continue on their fantastic run, up another 13.6% to 115.417 or 67.9% share vs. 65.4% year-to-date whereas passenger cars are down a harsh 7.9% to just 48.797 units or 32.1% share vs. 34.6% so far in 2017. General Motors is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in Canada this month with a stunning 26.5% year-on-year improvement to 16.3% share vs. 14.7% so far this year. GM outsells Ford Motor (-2%) by almost 6.000 sales and is on track to eclipse the 300.000 annual sales mark for the first time since 2008. GM could even tease Ford Motor for the annual pole position by year end if it continues at this rate. GM’s success this month has everything to do with light trucks, up 44% while its passenger cars plunge 20%. Ford cars dropped an even harsher 39%…

The Tiguan (+94%) helps Volkswagen sales up 31.5%. Picture caranddriver.com 

Toyota Motor holds onto the third spot with sales up 8.9% to 11.9% share above Honda Motor up 2% to 10.7%, FCA down 11.9% to 10.5% and Hyundai-Kia up 1.4% to 9.8%. Nissan Motor (+9.5%), Volkswagen Group (+24.3%), Daimler (+11.1%), Volvo (+57.7%) and Tesla (+44.6%) all outpace the market. Brand-wise, Ford drops 1.2% above Toyota (+9.5%) and Honda (+2.4%) while Chevrolet shoots up 20.9% and Nissan up 13.1%. GMC (+35.4%) and Volkswagen (+31.5%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. Beyond, Audi (+11.3%), Mercedes (+11.8%), Land Rover (+12.1%), Rolls-Royce (+14.3%), Buick (+29.2%), Cadillac (+30.5%) and Alfa Romeo (+1136.4%) shine but Infiniti (-17.1%), Jeep (-23%), Lincoln (-28.1%), Smart (-29.1%), Chrysler (-30.6%), Bentley (-46.4%) and Fiat (-87.3%!) all struggle.

The Hyundai Tucson is up 70% year-on-year in October in Canada.

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series advances a stunning 25% year-on-year to post a new October record at 10.591 sales, the Honda Civic (-8%) snaps the 2nd place off the Ram Pickup (-3%) while below the Honda CR-V (+18%), GMC Sierra (+33%), Chevrolet Silverado (+59%) and Toyota RAV4 (+11%) all frankly beat the market. The Hyundai Elantra (+23%), Tucson (+70%), VW Golf (+35%), VW Tiguan (+94%) and Jeep Wrangler (+44%) also impress inside the Top 20. Below, the Mazda CX-3 (+49%), Buick Encore (+63%), BMW X5 (+79%), Honda Pilot (+78%) post the largest year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai (#32) easily tops recent launches above the VW Atlas (#67), Toyota C-HR (#85) and Chevrolet Bolt (#111).

Previous month: Canada September 2017: Sales up 8%, headed to first year above 2m

One year ago: Canada October 2016: Honda Civic snaps 2nd place in market down 5%

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Canada September 2017: Sales up 8%, headed to first year above 2m

The Ford F-Series breaks its Canadian monthly volume record for the 6th time in 19 months. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market continues on its record run in September, up 8% year-on-year to 187.266 units, the highest ever score for the month. This means we are headed towards a 5th consecutive annual record and the very first year above 2 million sales, with the year-to-date tally now adding up to 1.595.306, up 5.8% on the previous record established in 2016. According to local analysts Desrosiers that have a slightly smaller monthly total due to the absence of some luxury brands, light trucks are up 12.5% to 129.731 or 69.4% share vs. 67.7% year-to-date while passenger cars continue to struggle at -1.8% to 57.107 units or just 30.6% share vs. 32.3% so far in 2017. It’s an exceptionally strong month, with Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all breaking their September volume records.

The GMC Acadia (+81%) helps GM up 7%. Picture caranddriver.com

Ford Motor reclaims the groups lead off General Motors with sales up 2.4% to 30.881. The Ford brand is up 2.7% thanks to the F-Series breaking a new volume record at 16.323 units. This is the 6th time the F-Series breaks its Canadian monthly high mark in the past 19 months… The Ford Escape (+7%) breaks its September record at #7 overall. General Motors is up 7% to 27.237 units, with Chevrolet (+6.6%) posting its best September score since 2006 and GMC (+10.5%) is at its highest for September since 1999. The Chevrolet Silverado surges 45% to remain above its twin the GMC Sierra (+17%) in 4th place overall. The Chevrolet Equinox also performs well at +27% as does the GMC Acadia up 161%. Toyota Motor soars 14.5% with double-digit increases in the cars, trucks (up 16.5% to 11.537) and luxury segment (up 11.1% to 2.419). The Toyota brand is up 16%, with the RAV4 (+15%), Corolla (+10%), Camry (+31%), Sienna (+40%), Highlander (+25%) and 4Runner (+20%) all outpacing the market.

The Hyundai Tucson (+75%) helps Hyundai-Kia up 9.2% in Canada this month. 

Contrary to its paltry performance in the neighbouring U.S., Hyundai-Kia is up 9.2% in Canada this month, with Kia up 19.4% and Hyundai up just 3%. The Hyundai Tucson (+75%), Kia Forte (+78%) and Kia Rio (+63%) are pulling up the rest of the lineups. FCA is agonising again with a 6.1% drop to 18.444 sales. Jeep is down 28%, with the new Compass (+268%) the only bright spot. Chrysler is down 33%, with the Pacifica up 11%, Dodge is down 10% with only the Durango up (+9%), Fiat is down 10%. Ram (+16.4%) brings fresh air to the group as the Pickup is up 16%, while Alfa Romeo goes from just 1 units a year ago to 109 this month as the Giulia and Stelvio gear up.

The all-new Nissan Qashqai is hurting the Rogue (-3%) in Canada.

Honda Motor is up 3.3% to a September record of 18.181 units, with the Honda brand up 3.4% and Acura up 2.5%. The Honda Civic remains the best-selling passenger car in the county despite a 1% year-on-year drop, the Honda CR-V (+24%) and Pilot (+88%) post September records. Nissan Motor soars 13.2% with Nissan up 14.4% to a September record, Mitsubishi up 6.8% and Infiniti up 13.6%. The group’s best-seller, the Rogue, is down 3% just as the smaller Qashqai continues to rise to #27, up one spot on August, the Murano is up 17%, the Pathfinder up 22% and the Titan up 48%. The Mitsubishi Outlander is up 13%, the RVR up 21% and the Infiniti QX60 up 63%. Subaru manages an impressive 11.5% year-on-year gain, with the Impreza up 41% and the Crosstrek up 67%. Mercedes (+12.9%) dominates the luxury race above BMW (+3.4%), Lexus (+11.1%) and Acura. Land Rover gains 12% with the Velar up 103 spots on last month to #141, Porsche is up 15.2%, Mini up 15.1%, Volvo up 21.4%, Jaguar up 32.3% and Tesla up 45.2%

Previous month: Canada August 2017: GM up 28.5%, VW up 72% in record market

One year ago: Canada September 2016: 4th all-time record in 7 months for the Ford F-Series

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Canada August 2017: GM up 28.5%, VW up 72% in record market

Canadian GMC sales are up 42% year-on-year in August with the Sierra up 43%.

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August marks the 7th record month of 2017 for light vehicle sales in Canada, up 7.1% year-on-year to 184.362 units and leading to an all-time high 1.408.040 sales after eight months, up 5.6% on the previous record established in 2016. According to Desrosiers.ca which has a slightly lower monthly total (due to the absence of low-selling prestige brands), light trucks sales are more than double that of passenger cars at 124.849 (+10.1%) vs. 59.096 (+0.8%). It is also the case year-to-date at 947.675 (+8.9%) vs. 457.172 (-1.6%). In the groups ranking, General Motors surges 28.5% to take the lead at 15.7% share ahead of Ford Motor at 14.8% (-5.9%) and Toyota Motor at 20.036 (+7.5%). Hyundai-Kia remains at #4 despite a 2% drop while FCA plunges to #5 due to a 9.4% year-on-year decline. Jaguar-Land Rover (+12.1%), Nissan Motor/Mitsubishi (+12.2%) and once again the Volkswagen Group (+54%) are the most impressive gainers along with GM.

Chevrolet sales are up 27.1% with the Silverado up 62%.

Brand-wise, Ford remains comfortably in the lead in spite of a 5.7% drop to 144% share, ahead of Toyota (+9.2%), Honda (+6.1%) and Chevrolet soaring 27.1%. The Top 6 is identically to July with Hyundai (-10.5%) and Nissan (+13.8%) in tow. GMC jumps a spectacular 42% and Volkswagen is up an even more impressive 71.9%. Ram (+27.5%), Kia (+15%), Mercedes (+13.4%) and Audi (+26.8%) also shine in the Top 20. On the other hand Chrysler (-61.3%), Dodge (-36%) and Acura (-20.9%) struggle. Among smaller brands, Infiniti (+20.9%), Tesla (+45.2%), Jaguar (+114.3%), Maserati (+275%) and Alfa Romeo (+1244%) are the most dynamic.

VW sales are up 72% with the Atlas up to #61.

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series reigns supreme above 14.000 units (-1%), distancing the Ram Pickup (+26%), Honda Civic (+24%), Chevrolet Silverado (+62%) and GMC Sierra (+43%) reproducing the July Top 5 and all posting spectacular gains. The Toyota RAV4 (+7%) dominates the crossover segment at #6 overall, while the VW Golf (+84%), Hyundai Tucson (+67%), VW Tiguan (+155%) and Chevrolet Equinox (+33%) post some of the largest gains in the Top 25. Among recent launches, the Nissan Qashqai gains 10 spots to #28, the VW Atlas is up 26 to #61 and both the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (#212) and Range Rover Velar (#244) make their first appearance in the Canadisn charts.

Previous month: Canada July 2017: General Motors helps market up 4.9%

One year ago: Canada August 2016: Ford F-Series tops monthly record, hits 100k units YTD

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Canada July 2017: General Motors helps market up 4.9%

Chevrolet Silverado sales are up 28% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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As opposed to its neighbour the U.S., the Canadian new light vehicle market continues to evolve at record pace in 2017. July sales are up 4.9% to 182.099 units, a record for the month, leading to a year-to-date tally also up 4.9% to a record 1.223.420 deliveries after seven months. Ford Motor remains in the lead of the groups ranking in spite of a 7.1% year-on-year drop, while General Motors shoots up 21.6% to overtake FCA (-4.9%) and snap the 2nd spot year-to-date. Hyundai-Kia (-5.3%) continue to struggle, Toyota Motor (+3.8%) follows the market but Honda Motor (+9.9%), Nissan Motor (+13.1%) and most impressively the Volkswagen Group (+33.2%) frankly beat the overall growth.

The Nissan Titan ranks #35 in Canada in July. 

Brand-wise, Ford holds the fort in spite of a 7.5% decline, while the rest of the Top 4, unchanged on June, progresses faster than the market: Toyota is up 5.1%, Honda up 10.7% and Chevrolet up 16.5%. Hyundai (-14.8%) post the largest decline in the Top 10, whereas Nissan (+11%), Jeep (+35.9%), GMC (+26.3%) and Volkswagen (+37.9%) all post very solid gains. Ram is in difficulty at -9.7%. Notice also Mercedes up 10.7%, Mazda up 11.5%, Kia up 15%, Audi up 29.7%, Mitsubishi up 29.9%, Buick up 34.9%, Cadillac up 40.7%, Tesla up 45.2%, Maserati up 86.7% and Alfa Romeo up 1071%.

The Nissan Qashqai is now inside the Canadian Top 40. 

In the models ranking, if the Ford F-Series continues to gallop ahead at +5%, the Ram Pickup makes a pause at -14% and posts less than half the sales of the F-Series this month. The Honda Civic soars 23% to cement its position as Canada’s best-selling car, while both the Chevrolet Silverado (+28%) and GMC Sierra (+19%) sport significant gains. The Hyundai Elantra (-19%), Toyota RAV4 (-6%) and Ford Escape (-7%) all disappoint while the Jeep Cherokee (+26%), VW Golf (+63%), Hyundai Tucson (+18%) and Mazda3 (+20%) impress. Further down, the Nissan Titan (+771%), Qashqai (+27 spots to #38), Jeep Compass (+417%) and Mercedes GLC (+119%) make themselves noticed.

Previous month: Canada June 2017: Ford F-Series hits record, 3rd month above 200.000 units

One year ago: Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co back above FCA

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Canada June 2017: F-Series hits record, 3rd month above 200.000 sales

The Ford F-Series breaks its monthly volume record in Canada by just one unit in June. 

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The Canadian new vehicle market continues to evolve at record heights in June, up 6.5% year-on-year to 203.495 registrations, the second month in a row above 200.000 and the third ever after April 2016. Accordingly, the half-year tally is up 5% to an all-time high 1.039.111, the first time in Canadian history that over a million vehicles get registered in six months. Ford Motor more than doubles the market growth with a 14.1% year-on-year gain to 16.1% share, taking its distance with General Motors at 13.3% (+4.2%) and FCA at 13.2% (-3.1%). Toyota Motor (+6.5%) follows the market but , Honda Motor (+13.9%), Daimler AG (+13.1%), Nissan Motor/Mitsubishi (+12.8%) and most impressively the Volkswagen Group (+26.3%) all post very solid gains. Hyundai-Kia (-7.2%) struggles.

Second ever month above 10.000 Canadian sales for the Ram Pickup. 

In the brands ranking, Ford cements its domination with a 14% surge to 15.7% share vs. 15% year-to-date, with the Top 8 identical to the 2017 YTD ranking: Toyota (+6.4%), Honda (+14.1%) and Chevrolet (+6.2%) round up the Top 4, while compared to last month Nissan (+12.4%) bypasses Hyundai (-15.5%) and Ram (+33%), the latter posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 15. Notice also GMC up 12.3%, Volkswagen up 30.3%, Mercedes up 13.1%, Audi up 24.3%, Lexus up 35.5%, Infiniti up 25.1% and Lincoln up 20.7% in a month benefiting premium brands. Further down, Maserati is up 104.8% thanks to the Levante SUV and Alfa Romeo is up 84-fold thanks to the arrival of the Giulia.

Chevrolet Silverado sales are up 20% year-on-year in Canada in June. 

The top of the models ranking shows a spectacular push by full-size pickup trucks: the Ford F-Series gains 18% to break its monthly volume record by just one unit at 15.660 vs. 15.659 in September 2016. The Ram Pickup soars 29% to post its second consecutive – and ever – 5-digit sales month, the GMC Sierra is up 19% to #4 and the Chevrolet Silverado up 20% to #6. The Honda Civic remains the most popular passenger car at #3 overall (+8%), distancing the Toyota Corolla (+12%) and Hyundai Elantra (+1%). The Toyota RAV4 (+1%) is the #1 SUV at #7 above the Ford Escape (+23%), Nissan Rogue (+4%) and Honda CR-V (+20%). Notice also the Chevrolet Cruze up 26%, the VW Golf up 31% and the Ford Explorer up 86%. Among recent launches, the Nissan Qashqai leaps up 99 spots on May to #65, the Toyota C-HR is down one to #78 and the VW Atlas up 102 to #79.

Previous month: Canada May 2017: Ram teases F-Series in all-time record month

One year ago: Canada June 2016: Ford F-Series helps lift market to best June score ever

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Canada May 2017: Ram teases F-Series in all-time record month

The Ram Pickup smashes its monthly volume record by 52% this month.

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Far from running out of steam, Canadian new light vehicle sales post their first double digit year-on-year gain of the year in May at +11.2% to break the all-time record monthly volume established in April 2016, lifting it to 216.861 units. This is only the second time in Canadian history that monthly sales surpass 200.000. Accordingly, the year-to-date tally now stands at a record 835.582 units, up 4.7% on the same period a year ago. In May, passenger cars are back in positive territory, up 2.9% to 75.172 with light trucks up 16.3% to 141.689 but year-to-date PCs are down 2.5% to 273.405 while light trucks are up 8.5% to 562.177, commanding a 67.3% market share vs. 64.9% a year ago. The best performing segment this month is by far pickup trucks, up 38.2% to 46.873 units.

Chevrolet sales are up 37.7% and the Cruze is up 122%. Picture caranddriver.com

Ford Motor Co. surges 17.4% to 15.9% share, reclaiming the group lead it holds year-to-date. FCA trails the market at +4.6% to 15.3% but gains one spot year-to-date to #2, overtaking General Motors despite the latter posting a spectacular 35.8% year-on-year gain in May. GM is up a stunning 18% so far this year, by far the largest increase among the Top 10 groups in Canada. Looking at the other groups further down the ranking, it becomes apparent that Ford and GM are the true engines of growth this month: Toyota Motor (+7.8%) and Hyundai-Kia (+3.8%) trail the overall growth but Honda Motor (+11.8%) is slightly above.

Ford towers above the rest of the market in the brands ranking with a 17.3% gain, followed by Toyota (+7.4%) and Honda (+11.6%) but the real heroes are below: Chevrolet takes off at +37.7%, Ram does even better at +61% and GMC surges 35.3%. Subaru (+17.6%), Audi (+16.6%) and Lexus (+11.9%) are the only other carmakers registering a double-digit gain inside the Top 20 while below, Cadillac (+57.9%), Lincoln (+21.4%), Jaguar (+166.2%), Maserati (+80.6%) and Alfa Romeo (+871.4%) impress. Reversely, Jeep tumbles down 31%, Chrysler is down 25%, Volkswagen down 9.9% and Dodge down 9%.

The Nissan Qashqai has (finally) landed in Canada. 

The fight for first place is heating up in the models ranking: although the Ford F-Series posts its second highest ever monthly volume at 15.307 (+20%), the Ram Pickup manages to smash its record volume established last month (9.883) by more than 5.000 sales and 52% to lift it to an incredible 14.990 deliveries. That’s up 62% year-on-year and just 317 sales below the F-Series: never had the two nameplate been so close sales-wise. As mentioned above, it’s a pickup-dominated top of the ranking with the GMC Sierra (+43%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+45%) posting the next two biggest gains in the Top 10. The Ford Escape (+26%) takes the lead of the crossover ranking but it’s the Toyota RAV4 (+10%) that overtakes the Honda CR-V (+26%) to take the lead of the category year-to-date. The Chevrolet Cruze (+122%) also shines.

A few new nameplates make their first appearance in the Canadian ranking this month: the Toyota C-HR leads them all at #77, followed by the Nissan Qashqai at #164, the VW Atlas at #181, the Land Rover Discovery at #206 and the Lexus LC at #253.

Previous month: Canada April 2017: Ram Pickup breaks record in market down 1.5%

One year ago: Canada May 2016: FCA scores strongest month ever, market down 2%

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Canada April 2017: Ram Pickup breaks record in market down 1.5%

Record month for the Ram Pickup in Canada. 

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After a record First Quarter, new light vehicle sales in Canada lose steam in April at -1.5% to 197.470 units, keeping in mind the comparison set with a year ago is extremely demanding, as April 2016 was the first month above 200.000 registrations in Canadian history. The year-to-date tally remains however in positive territory at +2.5% to 619.776 units. As it is the case in the United States, passenger cars are the main culprits in this market decline with sales down a harsh 8.7% to 66.656 units, frankly outsold by SUVs and crossovers up 0.7% to 78.282. Reversely to the U.S., pickup trucks still have some fuel in Canada with sales up 9.5% this month to 39.828.

GMC Sierra sales are up 19% year-on-year in April. 

Thanks to deliveries up a stunning 14.8% on a year ago, General Motors reclaims the lead of the groups ranking in April, with Ford (+0.2%) also up one spot and knocking down FCA (-9%) to third place overall. Toyota Motor (-7.8%), Hyundai-Kia (-2.3%), Nissan Motor (-5.7%) and the Volkswagen Group (-17%) all lose ground on a year ago while Honda Motor edges up 2.2%. Brand-wise, Ford gains 0.4% to remain by far in pole position with 15% vs. 9.8% for Toyota (-5.8%) and 9.3% for Chevrolet up a splendid 22.3%. Honda (+5.8%), Ram (+10.6%) and GMC (+17.3%) also shine inside the Top 10 while below, Jeep slides down a harsh 34.9%, the 10th consecutive month of year-on-year decline for the brand. Among smaller marques, Fiat (+87.5%), Maserati (+124.1%), Jaguar (+157.4%) and Alfa Romeo (+167%) are the best performers.

The new generation boosts Chevrolet Cruze sales up 82% this month in Canada. Picture caranddriver.com

In the models ranking, the sales concentration on the tried and tested nameplates continues: only two nameplates are down in the Top 15: the Dodge Grand Caravan (-21%) and Toyota RAV4 (-1%). The Ford F-Series continues to dominate and signs its 2nd best ever monthly volume at 14.326, only trailing its score from last September (15.659). In 2nd place, the Ram Pickup simply breaks its monthly volume record at 9.883 units (+10%), eclipsing its previous best of 9.630 (corrected figure) from April 2015. The Honda Civic (+4%), GMC Sierra (+19%), Toyota Corolla (+4%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+27%) follow. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Cruze up 82%, the Hyundai Tucson up 65%, Chevrolet Equinox up 73% and Honda HR-V up 44%.

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Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

Honda Civic sales are up 37% thanks to the new hatch variant… 

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After a 2.3% year-on-year gain in January, the Canadian new car market confirms it may be on the way to a fifth consecutive annual record with February deliveries up another 3.2% in February to 123.294, a record for the month. This brings the year-to-date total after two month to a record-breaking 234.496 units, up 2.8% on the same period in 2016. For the second month running, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes the groups lead but fails to match the market with a slim 1.5% year-on-year increase to 19.115 sales, followed by Ford Motor Co. up 3.1% to 18.965 and General Motors up 5.1% to 16.528. Toyota Motor (-6.2%) and Hyundai-Kia (-11.2%) disappoint but the rest of the groups ranking is entirely in positive territory, with Jaguar-Land Rover (+14.2%), Daimler AG (+16.6%) and Honda Motor (+21.2%) in particularly great shape.

…as do Toyota Corolla sales now including the iM hatch (Scion model pictured). Picture caranddriver.com 

Brand-wise, Ford remains comfortably in the lead, outpacing the market at +2.9% to 18.427 sales, with the Top 7 best-sellers unchanged on February. Chevrolet (-1.5%), Toyota (-6.5%) and Hyundai (-12.7%) are in difficulty whereas Nissan (+6.5%), Mazda (+15%) and Dodge (+26%) frankly outsmart the market. Outside the Top 10, note Jeep trundling down 21.3% to #11, Subaru up 16.6%, Mercedes up 22.5%, Lexus up 22.9%, Audi up 27.8%, Buick up 55.3% – lifted by the Encore and Envision crossovers, Jaguar up 238.3% and Maserati up 429.2%.

The Levante boosts Canadian Maserati sales up 429% in February.

Following the same trend as Mexico this month, the models ranking concentrates on the tried and tested best-sellers, a common reaction in the current uncertain times – both politically and economically – brought by the Donald Trump election. The Top 7 best-sellers all outpace the market, with the Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup both gaining 3% at the top. The Honda Civic is boosted up 37% by the arrival of the hatchback variant while similarly, the Toyota Corolla (+36%) now benefits from additional sales of the iM hatchback previously known as Scion iM.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia makes its first appearance in the Canadian charts this month.

The GMC Sierra ranks 5th at +6%, distancing the Dodge Grand Caravan (+30%) and Honda CR-V (+19%), best-selling SUV above the Toyota RAV4 (-4%) and Nissan Rogue (+41%). Among recent launches (<12 months), the Chrysler Pacifica is up 54 spots on January to break its ranking record at #62 (previous best: #84 last October) and the Cadillac XT5 is up 8 ranks to #78, also the nameplate’s ranking record (pb: #82 last December). These are the only two newcomers in the Canadian Top 100 this month. Finally, we welcome three new nameplates into the Canadian charts this month: the Volvo V90 at #243, the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #257 and the Kia Niro at #259.

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