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 both in April and year-to-date, 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%.

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

One year ago: Canada April 2016: First month in history above 200.000 registrations

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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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Canada January 2017: FCA tops market up 2.3%

The Jeep Cherokee ranks inside the Canadian Top 10 in January. 

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After four consecutive annual records, new vehicle sales in Canada improve further in this start of 2017 with a 2.3% year-on-year gain to 111.199 units. FCA Fiat Chrsyler Automobiles follows the market at +2.1% and reclaims the top spot in the group ranking with 14.7% share, distancing Ford Motor at 13.7% (+3.5%) and General Motors at 11.6% (+1.5%). Toyota Motor (+1.1%) and Honda Motor (+1.5%) are the other two manufacturers with five-digit sales figures in Canada this month while Hyundai-Kia drops 8.5% to just 9.334 units. Daimler (+28.4%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+21.6%) post spectacular gains. Brand-wise, Ford dominates as usual, beating the market with a 3.6% gain ahead of Toyota (+3.3%), Honda (+1.9%) and Chevrolet (+3.9%). Ram (-9.6%) and Hyundai (-10.6%) struggle in the Top 10 while Dodge gains 10.9%. Fruitier down, notice Mazda (+18.5%), Audi (+28.1%), Mercedes (+28.9%), Buick (+40.4%), Porsche (+43.6%), Jaguar (+253.5%), Fiat (+272%) and Maserati (+542.1%).

Ford Explorer sales are up 57% year-on-year this month. 

Model-wise, the Ford F-Series is the only nameplate in positive in the Top 4, outpacing the market at +5% to 9.303 units, ahead of the Ram Pickup (-12%), Honda Civic (-10%) and GMC Sierra (-9%). The Chevrolet Silverado leaps up 6 spots on December to #5, making it four full-size pickups inside the Top 5. Similarly to the U.S., the Honda CR-V (+40%) and Nissan Rogue (+30%) surge to lead the SUV charts ahead of the Toyota RAV4 (+8%) while the Jeep Cherokee jumps four ranks on last month to #9, the nameplate’s third ever time immunised the Top 10 after December 2015 (#9) and January 2016 (#8). All biggest gains inside the Top 40 are the works of SUVs: the Mazda CX-5 (+24%), Hyundai Tucson (+34%), Dodge Journey (+24%), Chevrolet Equinox (+42%), Toyota Highlander (+33%), Ford Explorer (+57%), GMC Terrain (+33%) and Kia Sportage (+74%)… Finally, we welcome the Hyundai Ioniq (#224) and Chevrolet Bolt (#250) into the Canadian sales charts this month.

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One year ago: Canada January 2016: Market up 10% to best January since 2002

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

Ford F-350 Super Duty Canada 2016The Ford F-Series sells a record 145.409 units in Canada in 2016.

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Euphoric Canadian new light vehicle sales post a fourth consecutive record year at +2.8% to 1.953.008 deliveries. Last year FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobile led the groups ranking for the first time but a 5.3% drop in 2016 has it return to 2nd place below Ford Motor, up 9.3% to 304.445 sales. The rest of the Top 15 is unchanged, with General Motors up 1.5% to 13.7% share, Toyota Motor up 4.2% to 11.2% and Hyundai-Kia up 3.1$ to 10.7%. Honda Motor (+5.2%), Subaru (+7.7%), Daimler AG (+8.5%), BMW-Mini (+6.1%), Jaguar-Land Rover (+35%) and Volvo Cars (+27.5%) all outpace the market.

Jaguar F-Pace Canada 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com Jaguar sales are up 134.1% year-on-year in Canada.

Brand-wise, Ford remains ultra-dominant at 15.2% share thanks to a 9.5% year-on-year surge, ahead of Toyota (+4.7%), Honda (+6.4%), Chevrolet (+1.8%) and Hyundai (+1.8%). GMC (-1.3%) takes advantage of a weak Dodge result (-4.6%) to snap the 8th place overall. BMW (+8.6%), Porsche (+10.1%), Audi (+14.2%), Buick (+14.8%), Land Rover (+18.4%), Bentley (+21.5%), Volvo (+27.5%), Jaguar (+134.1%) and Smart (+161.9%) post the largest gains, while on the other end of the scale Volkswagen (-14.7%), Alfa Romeo (-30.3%), Chrysler (-34.2%) and Fiat (-57.7%) are the only carmakers displaying double-digit declines.

honda-civic-canada-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe Honda Civic is the #1 passenger car in Canada for the 19th straight year. 

The Ford F-Series has a stellar year in Canada in 2016: with deliveries up 22% year-on-year, it smashes it own annual volume record for a single nameplate (145.409) as early as in November and remains the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 8th straight year. The F-Series represents a whopping 48% of Ford Canada sales this year, and it broke its monthly volume record no less than 4 times this year: in March (13.385)April (13.957)August (14.197) and September (15.659). The Ram Pickup stays in 2nd place but drops 2%, distancing the Honda Civic, the best-selling passenger car in Canada for the 19th consecutive year despite sales down 1% to 64.552 v. 48.875 for the Hyundai Elantra, its most immediate pursuant.

Dodge Grand Caravan Canada 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comSwan song? The Dodge Grand Caravan is up 9% to 4th place overall. 

Helped by generous discounts, the Dodge Grand Caravan is up 9% and 4 spots to #4 while the Toyota RAV4 surges 16% to #6 and becomes the #1 SUV in the country, dethroning the Ford Escape (-2%). In fact, SUVs monopolise the list of largest year-on-year gains in Canada this year: inside the Top 20, the Honda CR-V (+15%), Nissan Rogue (+12%), Mazda CX-5 (+13%) and Hyundai Tucson (+45%) dominate, while among the Top 50 best-sellers the Jeep Grand Cherokee (+28%), Nissan Murano (+37%), Toyota Highlander (+25%), Honda HR-V (+38%) and Kia Sportage (+75%) are tops, with the Chevrolet Malibu (+25%) saving the passenger cars; honour. In a shy year for all-new nameplates, the Cadillac XT5 (#138) and Chrysler Pacifica (#146) are the only ones ranking inside the Top 150.

Previous month: Canada November 2016: General Motors surges 31% in pickup market

Previous year: Canada Full Year 2015: First FCA win in third consecutive record year

Two years ago: Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

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

gmc-sierra-canada-november-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe GMC Sierra jumps on the Canadian podium for the first time in BSCB history.

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After four consecutive months of year-on-year declines, the Canadian light vehicle market is injected back to positive territory by generous end-of-year incentives particularly in the pickup aisle. November sales are up 10% to 160.573 units, lifting the year-to-date tally to a record-breaking 1.823.295 deliveries with only one month to go in 2016. General Motors post a particularly strong (and incentive-filled) month at +31% year-on-year to take the lead of the Groups ranking with 28.523 sales, distancing Ford Motor at 24.450 (+18%) and FCA at 20.674 (-2%). Nissan Motor (+13%), Daimler (+18%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+32%) also impress.

chevrolet-colorado-canada-october-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comChevrolet Colorado sales are up 209%. Picture caranddriver.com 

Brand-wise, Ford (+18%), remains by far the most popular fare with 14.8% share, ahead of Chevrolet (+25%) jumping two spots on its YTD ranking to #2, Toyota (+7%) and Honda (+1%) while Hyundai (-5%) is in difficulty. GMC soars 41% to snap the 8th spot year-to-date, bypassing both Jeep and Dodge. Buick is the largest gainer in the Top 25 with a stunning 54% year-on-year improvement, with Nissan (+13%), Audi (+13%), Mercedes (+13%), Ram (+15%), Infiniti (+16%), Subaru (+18%) and Kia (+20%) also outperforming the market. Among smaller-volume brands, Maserati (+98%), Bentley (+242%) and Jaguar (+273%) all brilliantly benefit from their new respective SUVs while Smart tops them all with a 319% surge.

gmc-canyon-canada-november-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe GMC Canyon is up 343% to lead the midsize pickup truck segment. Picture caranddriver.com

The models ranking sees a complete pickup domination, with the Ford F-Series up 37% to 11.273, the Ram up 16% to 6.542 and the GMC Sierra up 20% to 4.979, climbing on the podium for the first time since BSCB has been following Canada monthly in 2011. In fact, overall pickup sales are up 31% year-on-year this month to account for 20.4% market share, the highest so far this year. General Motors pickup sales are up 36% to 11.620, passing Ford pickups for the first time in years and explaining GM’s domination of the Canadian market this month as pickups account for 41% of GM Canada November sales. The GMC Canyon (+343%) and Chevrolet Colorado (+209%) hold 57% of the midsize pickup market and both outsell traditional market leader the Toyota Tacoma. The Chevrolet Silverado (+14%) and Toyota Tundra (+35%) also perform well.

Ford Escape Canada November 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Ford Escape is the best-selling SUV in Canada. 

The Ford Escape leads the SUV charge with sales up 11% to 4.610 and 4th place but remains below the Toyota RAV4 (-2%) year-to-date. The Nissan Rogue shoots up 46% to #8, the Mazda CX-5 is up 30%, the Chevrolet Equinox up 31%, Honda HR-V up 54%, Ford Edge up 83%, Jeep Grand Cherokee up 25% and GMC Terrain up 40%. The Honda Civic continues to dominate the passenger car ranking despite sales down 9% to 5th overall, distancing the Hyundai Elantra (-4%), Toyota Corolla (+19%) and Chevrolet Cruze (-22%).

Previous month: Canada October 2016: Honda Civic snaps 2nd place in market down 5%

One year ago: Canada November 2015: Third consecutive annual record imminent

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

honda-civic-canada-october-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comIt’s a good month for Honda in Canada: the Civic is up to #2 for the first time in over 2 years… 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market posts a fourth consecutive month of decline in October at -5% to 154.790 units, yet the year-to-date tally still evolves at record-breaking heights, up 2.5% on the same period in 2015 to 1.666.323 deliveries. Like in the neighbouring USA, passenger cars take the hardest hit at -9% and only represent 34% of the overall market. Ford Motor (-3%), General Motors (-9%), FCA (-13%) and Toyota Motor (-6%) lead the way but all decline while Honda Motor gains 2%. Subaru (+10%), BMW-Mini (+12%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+20%) are the only groups delivering double-digit gains. Brand-0wise, Ford stays at the realm with 13.5% share (-2%) ahead of Toyota (-5%), Honda (+1%), Chevrolet (-8%) and Hyundai (-14%). Buick (+22%), Jaguar (+295%) and Bentley (+211%) all shine.

honda-cr-v-canada-october-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-com…and the CR-V is boosted up to #4 by runout pricing on the outgoing model.

Over in the models ranking, the Ford F-Series takes a break: after breaking its personal best 4 times in the past 7 months – March (13.385)April (13.957)August (14.197) and September (15.659) – in October the star pickup truck falls down 12% to 8.475 units, its lowest monthly score so far in 2016. YTD sales amount to 124.149 units (+23%), now days away from breaking its all-time annual record of 126.277 units hit over the Full Year 2014. The Honda Civic (+2%) snaps the 2nd place off the Ram Pickup (-16%) for the first time in over two years (September 2014). Note the last time the Civic ended the year at #2 in Canada was 2010. It still lags behind the Ram year-to-date at 56.783 (+2%) vs. 76.200 (-4%). Outstanding performance of the Honda CR-V up 21% to 4th place overall vs. #11 year-to-date, with the Toyota Corolla (+21%), Ford Fusion (+40%), Ford Edge (+53%) and Hyundai Sonata (+34%) also posting impressive gains inside the Top 30.

Previous month: Canada September 2016: 4th all-time record in 7 months for the Ford F-Series

One year ago: Canada October 2015: Toyota RAV4 and Tacoma shoot up

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Canada September 2016: 4th all-time record in 7 months for F-Series

ford-f-250-canada-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe Ford F-Series breaks the 15.000 monthly unit barrier for the first time this month. 

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New light vehicle sales in Canada mark a third consecutive month of decline in September at -0.5% to 173.460 units after dropping 3% in July and 2% in August. The year-to-date tally remains firmly in record territory however at 1.507.975 units, up 3% on the same period in 2015. Ford Motor Co. confirms it has reclaimed the reins of the Canadian market with sales up 7% to 30.151 ahead of General Motors up 2% to 25.466 but the big news is the tumbling down of FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, leader over FY2015 and half-way through 2016 but down 18% in September to 19.639 sales, saving its third spot off Toyota Motor (19.233) by the skin of its teeth.

Chrysler Pacifica Canada September 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comDespite the arrival of the Pacifica, Chrysler sales are down 45% in September. Picture caranddriver.com

In fact, it’s fair to say FCA is solely responsible for Canada’s overall sales drop in September as the market bar FCA is actually up 2%. Dodge (-8%), Ram (-22%), Chrysler (-45%), Fiat (-66%) and Alfa Romeo (-95%) all fall heavily with discontinued marque Scion (-73%) the only non-FCA brand to display such paltry results. Once again Ford widens the gap with its followers in the brands ranking at +7% to 29.290 ahead of Toyota at 16.903 (+2%), Honda at 15.609 (+3%) and Chevrolet at 14.717 (+5%). Audi impresses with a 27% gain to 2.739 sales, with Kia (+10%), Subaru (+9%), Cadillac (+8%), Land Rover (+13%), Porsche (+14%) and Volvo (+34%) also solid.

chevrolet-malibu-canada-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comChevrolet Malibu sales are up 83% year-on-year in September. Picture caranddriver.com 

The models ranking is the theatre of yet another all-time record month by the Ford F-Series up a stunning 21% to 15.659 sales, the fourth time in 2016 that the F-Series has broken this record, after March (13.385)April (13.957) and August (14.197). The F-Series sells 2.35 times the #2, the Ram Pickup down 23% to 6.655 while the Honda Civic is down 12% to 6.091. Year-to-date, the F-Series now stands at a record-breaking 115.674 units after 9 months, up 26% on the same period in 2015 and already just below the 118.837 sales it racked up over the Full Year 2015. Next month – with just 10 months under its belt – the F-Series will surpass its two record years 126.277 units from 2014 and 122.325 from 2013.

ford-escape-canada-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-com2nd consecutive month atop the SUV charts for the Ford Escape.

The Ford Escape is the best-selling SUV once again this month with deliveries up 4% to 4.919 thanks to its facelift, outselling the Toyota RAV4 at 4.789 (+15%) and the Honda CR-V at 4.239 (+13%). The GMC Sierra ranks 6th above the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla but they all lose ground vs. September 2015 as does the Chevrolet Silverado at #10. Further down, notice the Nissan Rogue up 16% to #12, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 15% to #14, the Mazda CX-5 up 12% to #15, Hyundai Tucson up 19% to #20, Hyundai Accent up 39% to #21, Chevrolet Malibu up 83% to #24 and Kia Sportage up 73% to #32.

infiniti-qx30-canada-september-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comInfiniti QX30. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com 

Among recent launches (<12 months), the Chrysler Pacifica leads the way and gains 10 spots on August to #88, followed closely by the Cadillac XT5 up 7 to break into the Canadian Top 100 for the first time at #96. Below, the Buick Envision is up 35 to #130, the Mercedes Metris up 22 to #165, the Jaguar F-Pace down 17 to #171, the Infiniti QX30 up 59 to #180, the Jaguar XE up 18 to #194 and the Fiat 124 Spider up 19 to #204. The Maserati Levante sells 24 units, the Bentley Bentayga 10 and the Lincoln Continental makes its first appearance at #243.

Previous month: Canada August 2016: Ford F-Series tops monthly record, hits 100k units YTD

One year ago: Canada September 2015: Ford F-Series breaks monthly record

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

Ford F-350 Super Duty Canada August 2016The new Super Duty variants should lift Ford F-Series sales even further up in the coming months.

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After dropping 3% in July, the Canadian new vehicle market confirms it may have peaked out with August deliveries down another 2% to 172.034 units. The year-to-date total however remains at all-time record levels for now, up 4% to 1.334.720. This means Canada is now America’s 2nd largest market below just the U.S. and above Brazil (1.303.987), a feat that would have seemed unimaginable just two years ago. The small sales decrease hides wild disparities among carmakers: if Ford Motor Co has now firmly reclaimed the reins of the Canadian market with sales up 9% to 28.982 and 16.8% share, its two rivals for the #1 spot are hitting the brakes: General Motors drops 9% to 22.547 and 13.1% but the most disturbing evolution is by FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, down 20% to 21.627 and 12.6% as all the group’s brands fall heavily: Ram (-9%), Jeep (-18%), Dodge (-20%), Chrysler (-43%), Fiat (-59%), Alfa Romeo (-67%) and Maserati (-68%).

Ford Escape Canada August 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Ford Escape is the best-selling SUV in Canada in August.

Brand-wise, Ford (+9%) is here too ultra-dominant at 16.4% share, widening the gap with Toyota at 9.6% (+3%), Honda at 9.2% (+2%), Hyundai at 7.8% (+3%) and Chevrolet at 7.4% (-8%). GMC drops 16% but gains 3 spots on July to #7, Volkswagen freefalls 23% to #13 but Lincoln (+10%), Mini (+12%), Acura (+15%), Volvo (+18%), Buick (+27%), Subaru (+35%), Jaguar (+72%) and most strikingly Smart (+327%) all post year-on-year gains ranging from robust to spectacular.

Subaru Forester Canada August 2016Subaru sales are up 35% in a market down 2%. 

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series seems to be evolving in a world of its own: discarding the early warning signs that the Canadian market may be about to stabilise, sales of the country’s best-seller are up by an astounding 27% year-on-year to break a new monthly volume record at 14.197. This is the third time in 2016 that the F-Series has broken this record, after March (13.385) and April (13.957). Even more impressive, the F-Series now totals 100.015 units year-to-date, a 18% improvement on its previous best at this time of the year (84.490), established in 2014. The F-Series can now aim at 150.000 annual sales in Canada this year, with its previous records being 126.277 sales in 2014122.325 in 2013 and 106.358 in 2012.

In fact, the F-Series is the only nameplate in Canada history to have managed a six-digit annual figure, the closest to achieve this feat being the Ram Pickup at 91.195 in 2015. The F-Series has now achieved this figure five years in a row, and in just 8 months this year. It may seem logical that the market leader keeps beating records in a record market, however in the U.S., also at an all-time high volume in 2016, we have to go back 12 years to find the F-Series’ record volume (939.511 sales in 2004).

Honda Civic Canada August 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comThe Honda Civic resumes its domination of the passenger car segment.

In other model news, the Ram Pickup drops 8% in 2nd place, the Honda Civic (#3) reclaims the #1 passenger car spot in spite of a 15% decline vs. -3% for the Hyundai Elantra (#5), the Ford Escape soars 14% to #4 thanks to its facelift, leading the SUV segment above the Honda CR-V at #6 (+42%) and the Toyota RAV4 at #8 (+32%). Other impressive gainers in the Top 30 include the Hyundai Santa Fe (+42%), Mazda CX-5 (+21%), Hyundai Accent (+23%) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (+32%).

Previous month: Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co back above FCA

One year ago: Canada August 2015: New Hyundai Tucson breaks into Top 20

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Canada July 2016: F-Series propels Ford Motor Co. back above FCA

Ford F-Series Canada July 2016. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is up 21% year-on-year in Canada in July. 

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The Canadian new light vehicle market marks a pause in July at -2.5% year-on-year to 173.531 registrations, yet the year-to-date total remains at a record high 1.166.227 units, up 5% on the same period a year ago. Ford Motor Co posts a very impressive 10% gain to reclaim its rank at Canada’s most popular manufacturer with 29.771 sales and 17.2% share, frankly outselling Fiat Chrysler Automobiles down a harsh 14% to 24.669 and 14.2%. This large advantage enables Ford to also overtake FCA year-to-date at 179.613 (+11%) vs. 177.108 (+1%) for FCA. In third place, General Motors (-7%) barely remains above Hyundai-Kia (+5%) at 21.255 sales vs. 21.127. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and Nissan Motor follow, with Daimler up 11% further down.

Brand-wise, Ford (29.007) is up 11%, comfortably distancing Toyota (+0.1%), Honda (-3%), Hyundai (+1%), Chevrolet (-4%) and Nissan (-9%). Ram (-17%), Mazda (-16%), Mitsubishi (-22%) and Chrysler (-40%) struggle whereas Kia (+14%), Mercedes (+12%), Audi (+15%), Land Rover (+16%), Mini (+11%), Volvo (+33%) and Jaguar (+218%) shine. Model-wise, the Ford F-Series surges 21% to hit its 2nd largest ever monthly volume in Canada at 13.585 units (record: 13.957 last April), leading to a year-to-date tally up a fantastic 27% to an all-time high 85.818 after 7 months. The Ram Pickup remains #2 despite sales down 15% to 8.106, it is followed by the Hyundai Elantra (+1%) taking the lead of the passenger car race above perennial leader the Honda Civic (-16%). The Honda CR-V is up 53% to #5, the Ford Escape up 25% to #7, the Toyota RAV4 up 38% to #8, Ford Focus up 40% to #15 and Hyundai Tucson up 162% to #16.

Previous post: Canada First Half 2016: Pickups and SUVs boost market to record high

Previous month: Canada June 2016: Ford F-Series helps lift market to best June score ever

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Canada First Half 2016: Pickups and SUVs boost market to record high

Nissan Murano Canada June 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com Nissan Murano sales are up 71% so far in 2016 in Canada.

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There is no stopping the Canadian light vehicle market in 2016: sales are up a further 6% on a record 2015 result to a best-ever 990.727 units halfway through 2016. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains the most popular group but loses market share at 15.4% vs. 15.9% a year ago. Just below, Ford Motor is up to 15.1% from 14.4% but General Motors drops to 13.1% from 13.6%. Toyota Motor (11.4%) and Hyundai-Kia (11%) round up the Top 5. Brand-wise, Ford improves to 14.7% thanks to sales up 12%, Toyota follows the market at +2% and 10% share, Honda (+12%) passes Chevrolet (+1%) to rank third, ahead of Hyundai (+8%), Nissan (+10%), Ram (+2%) and Jeep (+20%). Audi (+16%), Mitsubishi (+16%), Buick (+18%), Lincoln (+21%), Volvo (+35%), Land Rover (+40%) and Scion (+78%) impress.

Toyota Tacoma Canada June 2016. Picture courtesy caranddriver.com.jpgThe Toyota Tacoma is up 45%. 

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series is headed straight towards an 8th consecutive year of reign with deliveries fast outpacing the market, soaring 28% to 72.233, 23.000 units above the #2, the Ram Pickup up 4%. The Honda Civic for its part looks likely to post a 19th year in a row as the best-selling passenger car in Canada with sales up 12% to 33.193. The Dodge Grand Caravan (+28%), Hyundai Elantra (+14%), Toyota RAV4 (+20%) also rise faster than the market within the Top 10. Further down, SUVs and pickups deliver the largest gains, such as the Jeep Cherokee (+25%), Hyundai Tucson (+75%), Ford Edge (+28%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+53%), Nissan Murano (+71%), Toyota Tacoma (+45%) and Toyota Highlander (+26%).

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Full H1 2016 Top 15 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 280 models vs. Full H1 2015 figures below.

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