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New car sales in Canada are up a tiny 0.3% year-on-year in March to 157,228 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 358,857 units, up 0.9% on 2013. Ford keeps the lead of the brands ranking by far in spite of an 11% decline to 21,895 sales, followed by Toyota up 6% to 15,509 units. Chevrolet jumps onto the podium at #3 thanks to sales up 12% to 13,715. Other great performers include Nissan up 26%, Jeep up 41%, Lexus up 30% and Buick up 35%. Model-wise, the Top 4 best-seller are identical to the Full Year 2013 ranking this month: the Ford F-Series (-14%) leads ahead of the Ram Pick-up (+2%), Honda Civic (+0.2%) and Hyundai Elantra (-10%).
Boosted by the new generation, the Toyota Corolla is up a fantastic 37% year-on-year to stop just 40 units short off the Elantra in 5th place. But the biggest gainer in the Top 10 is the Hyundai Santa Fe up 69% to land in 9th place, to my knowledge the nameplate’s first ever incursion inside the Canadian Top 10. Notice also the Nissan Rogue up 57% to #15, Chevrolet Equinox up 65% to #16, Nissan Versa up 108% to #25, the Jeep Cherokee down 11 spots on February to #29 and the Dodge Dart down a harsh 61% on March 2013.
One year ago: Canada March 2013: Dodge Ram at highest in over 3 years
Full March 2014 Top 50 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.