Canada September 2015: Ford F-Series breaks monthly record

Ford F-Series Canada September 2015. Picture courtesy youtube.comNever before had so many Ford F-Series found a new Canadian home in a single month.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market celebrates 30 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in September at +4% to 174.447 deliveries, lifting the year-to-date total to a record-breaking 1.462.372 units, up 2.5% on 2014. Ford Moto Co. (15.9%) and General Motors (14%) pass FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (13.5%) in the groups ranking, however the latter keeps the year-to-date lead at 15.6% share vs. 14.8% for Ford and 13.7% for GM. Toyota Motor Co. is back above Hyundai-Kia year-to-date, Honda Motor is up 16%, Nissan Motor up 10%, BMW-Mini up 12% and Jaguar Land Rover up a splendid 44%.

Lincoln MKC Canada September 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comLincoln sales are up 47% year-on-year in Canada this month.

Brand-wise, Ford’s domination is even more marked this month at 15.7% vs. 9.3% for the #2 Toyota, with the entire Top 7 best-sellers identical to the year-to-date total thanks to Honda up 14% to #3 and Ram up 25% to get back to #7. Further down, Subaru (+11%), Mercedes (+13%), Acura (+35%), Lexus (+44%), Cadillac (+35%), Infiniti (+23%), Lincoln (+47%), Land Rover (+58%), Mini (+78%), Porsche (+39%) and Scion (+57%) all lodge spectacular year-on-year gains.

Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Canada September 2015Ram Pickup sales are up 31% year-on-year this month.

At 12.909 sales, the Ford F-Series historically breaks its monthly volume record in Canada, with its previous best dating from May 2013 (12.740) which had since been approached in August 2013 (12.736) and September 2014 (12.733) but never beaten. It’s an interesting year to beat a record for the F-Series, plagued by stock issues and delays for the all-new aluminium F-150 and down 6% so far in 2015 at 91.659 units. The Ram Pickup shoots up a spectacular 31% year-on-year this month to rank at a solid #2 with 8.607 sales, with the GMC Sierra (+10%) making it 3 pickups in the Top 4.

Scion iM Canada September 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comScion iM

Other great performers include the Hyundai Elantra (+41%), Honda CR-V (+27%), Jeep Cherokee (+31%) and Hyundai Tucson (+37%), while the newly launched Honda HR-V (#38), Mazda CX-3 (#50) and Lexus NX (#58) continue to sparkle. This month we welcome the all-new Scion iM landing at #123 in the Canadian ranking (vs. #165 in the US), note that the car sold as the Scion iA in the US is sold as the Toyota Yaris sedan in Canada.

Previous month: Canada August 2015: New Hyundai Tucson breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Canada September 2014: General Motors up 34%

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Canada August 2015: New Hyundai Tucson breaks into Top 20

Hyundai Tucson Canada August 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comHyundai Tucson

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The Canadian new light vehicle market continues on its forward move, celebrating 29 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in August at +2% to 175.670 registrations, also its fifth month in a row above the 175.000 mark. The year-to-date total adds up to a record 1.287.993 units after 8 months, also up 2% on 2014. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains the most popular group in the country thanks to stable sales at 26.928, distancing Ford Motor Co. at 26.579 (-5%) and General Motors at 24.653 (+11%). Honda (+11), Nissan (+10%), Daimler AG (+20%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+22%) also shine.

Nissan Rogue Canada August 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThird consecutive month inside the Canadian Top 10 for the Nissan Rogue.

Brand-wise, Ford is head and shoulders above the competition once again despite sales down 5% to 14.6% share above Toyota at 9% and Honda at 8.7%. Chevrolet is up 12% to overtake Hyundai at #4, GMC surges 16% to #8, Mercedes is up 30% to pass Subaru at #14, with Acura, Porsche (+23%), Lexus (+26%), Land Rover (+29%), Mini (+38%), Cadillac (+52%) and Volvo (+56%) all lodging spectacular gains.

Jeep Cherokee Canada August 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Jeep Cherokee is only 163 units off a historical Top 10 ranking in Canada.

Even though it drops by 11% year-on-year, the Ford F-Series has resumed its implacable domination of the Canadian models ranking, seeing its advantage over the #2, the Ram Pickup (-9%), grow significantly from 737 in June, 1.681 in July and 4.224 this month. The Honda Civic (-8%) completes a podium entirely in decline. Below, the GMC Sierra (+18%), Hyundai Elantra (+20%) and Chevrolet Silverado (+21%) all take off, making it an impressive four full size pickup trucks in the August Top 6 vs. four in the year-to-date Top 8 and four in the Top 18 in the U.S.

Ford F-Series Canada August 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is back to implacable domination in Canada.

The Nissan Rogue (+30%) lodges a third consecutive month at an all-time high 10th spot, the Jeep Cherokee (+70%) stops 163 units short off a historical Top 10 ranking, the Dodge Journey is up a spectacular 50% at #15, the new generation boosts Hyundai Tucson sales up 120% from #45 in July to #18 in August, the Ford Explorer surges 59%, the Honda HR-V is down two spots on last month to #29, the Mazda CX-3 is down 7 to #51 and the Honda Pilot (+73%), Toyota Tacoma (+39%) and Jeep Patriot (+92%) all impress.

Previous month: Canada July 2015: Jeep Cherokee and Honda HR-V surge up

One year ago: Canada August 2014: Jeep, Lincoln, Porsche up in record market

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Canada July 2015: Jeep Cherokee and Honda HR-V surge up

Jeep Cherokee Canada July 2015. Picture courtesy of motor trend.comThe Jeep Cherokee continues to climb the Canadian ladder 2 years after launch.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market builds on a record First Half in 2015 with July sales up 0.5% year-on-year to 177.844 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to an all-time high 1.111.283 deliveries. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) keeps the lead of the groups ranking with 16.1% share above Ford Motor at 15.3% and General Motors at 12.8% but Hyundai-Kia (11.3%) is back above Toyota (10.3%) and now trails the Japanese group year-to-date but just 9 units. Honda, Nissan (both at +10%), Subaru (+13%), Daimler (+14%) and Volvo (+54%) all deliver double-digit gains. In the brands ranking, the podium is unchanged with Ford (-6%) above Toyota (-1%) and Honda (+8%) while Hyundai (+2%) overtakes Chevrolet (-5%) and Ram (+17%), Jeep (+21%), Porsche (+28%), Lexus (+30%), Mercedes (+34%) and Acura (+39%) deliver some of the most impressive gains.

Ford Explorer Canada July 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ford Explorer leaps to #21 in July.

Over in the models ranking, we have been following the sales gap between the decade-old leader the Ford F-Series and the Ram Pickup getting slimmer month after month this year. From 737 units in June, it grows back to 1.681 in July however the year-on-year evolutions remain in frank negative for the F-Series (-11%) and in frank positive for the Ram (+16%). The Honda Civic remains #3 despite sales down 8% while the Hyundai Elantra balances out a particularly weak June score (#13) by a 4th spot this month. Thanks to deliveries up 31% on July 2014, the Nissan Rogue manages a second consecutive (and ever) month inside the Canadian Top 10 at #10, with the Hyundai Santa Fe (+34%) missing out by one spot.

Honda HR-V Canada July 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comFirst full month of sales and first Top 30 ranking for the Honda HR-V in Canada.

Two full years after being unveiled to the press, the Jeep Cherokee’s polarising design continues to warm on Canadian carbuyers: its deliveries are up a whopping 78% year-on-year in July to 3.426, earning the nameplate to shoot up to #12, an all-time high for this generation being its previous best of #15 hit last May. Cherokee year-to-date sales are now up a very satisfying 38% on the same period in 2014. Five additional SUVs make themselves noticed this month: the freshly facelifted Ford Explorer jumps 65% to #21, by far its best ranking since BSCB started following Canada monthly in 2012, the Honda HR-V surges 41 spots to land at a very impressive 27th place for its first full month of sales with 1.936 units, the Mazda CX-3 breaks into the Top 50 for the first time at #44 (+14), the Jeep Renegade is up 48 ranks to #111 and the Fiat 500X is up 108 to #129.

Previous post: Canada 1st Half 2015: Pickup trucks lift market up to record level

Previous month: Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below Ford F-Series

One year ago: Canada July 2014: VW Jetta and Nissan Rogue impress

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Canada 1st Half 2015: Pickup trucks lift market up to record level

GMC Sierra Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe GMC Sierra jumps 17% to land in 4th place overall in Canada.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market shows no sign of slowing down, up a further 3% on a record 2014 result to 933.439 registrations, even lodging an all-time monthly record score of 197.937 sales in May. As opposed to its neighbour the United States, Canada prefers FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the most popular manufacturer in the country once again thanks to sales up 1% to 148.132 units and 15.3% market share, distancing Ford Motor at 14.4% (-6%) and General Motors at 13.6% (+7%). Toyota Motor overtakes Hyundai-Kia for 4th place overall with sales up 4% to 104.977 vs. 103.208 and -4% for the Korean group. Nissan Motor improves by 12%, Volkswagen Group is up 21%, Daimler AG up 15% and BMW Group up 17%.

Jeep Cherokee Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Cherokee is now Jeep’s best-seller in Canada.

Brand-wise, Ford leads again by far despite sales down 7% to 130.801 (14% share) above Toyota, Chevrolet (both at +3%), Honda (-2%), Hyundai (-4%) and Nissan (+13%). Further down, GMC (+18%), Jeep (+14%) and Volkswagen (+21%) shine with Audi (+20%), Lexus, Lincoln (+22%), Mini (+46%) and Porsche (+32%) also delivering spectacular year-on-year gains. The Ford F-Series unsurprisingly remains the best-selling vehicle in Canada and has been so for a decade now. If it was under threat from the Ram Pickup in both May and June with less than 1.000 units separating the two nameplates each time, this doesn’t translate yet in the H1 data: the F-Series, although down 5%, still has a comfortable advandage over the Ram (+10%) at 56.318 sales vs. 47.010.

VW Golf Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comCanadian VW Golf sales are up 4-fold on a year ago.

The Honda Civic is still the most popular passenger car in the country despite sales down 4% to 29.589 over the period, while the GMC Sierra leaps 17% and a spectacular 4 spots on a year ago to land in 4th place overall, followed by the Toyota Corolla and Ford Escape. Notice also the Chevrolet Silverado up 14% to #8, the Toyota RAV4 up 26% to #10, Nissan Rogue up 22% to #14 and cracking the monthly Top 10 for the first time in June, the Jeep Cherokee up 31% to #17 and now the brand’s best-seller in Canada and the VW Golf up 4-fold and 68 ranks on a year ago thanks to the new generation, now ranking just outside the Top 20.

Previous post: Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below Ford F-Series

Q1 2015 update: Canada 1st Quarter 2015: Volkswagen lifted by new Golf in record market

Full Year 2014 update: Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

One year ago: Canada June 2014: Ford and Honda outperform market up 2%

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Canada June 2015: Ram Pickup only 737 units below F-Series

Ram Pickup Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy caranddriver.comRam Pickup Canadian sales are up 20% in June vs. -16% for the F-Series.

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The Canadian new car market is up 1% year-on-year in June to 177.857 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to an all-time high 933.439 units, up 3% on 2014. The Top 15 groups remains in the same exact order as last month, with FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sovereign with 27.217 sales (+1%) above Ford Motor Co at 26.776 (-13%) and General Motors at 24.226 (+15%). Thanks to 20.689 units, Toyota Motor passes Hyundai-Kia year-to-date to rank 4th. Brand-wise, Ford remains on top by far despite sales down 14%, ahead of Toyota (+10%) with Chevrolet (+13%), Nissan (+10%), Ram (+13%) and GMC (+18%) pushing hard inside the Top 10. Further down, Lexus, Porsche (+26%), Acura, Land Rover (+28%) and Buick (+29%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains.

Ford F-150 Ram Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCan the Ram Pickup overtake the Ford F-Series in the coming months?

In the models ranking, if in the U.S. short supply of the new aluminium-bodied F-150 means the Ford F-Series is under threat from the Chevrolet Silverado, in Canada it’s the Ram Pickup that is approaching fast. The F-Series’ advantage thawed from 2.461 units in April to 975 in May and just 737 this month – by far the smallest since BSCB started following Canada monthly 5 years ago. The F-Series is down a harsh 16% to 9.450 sales vs. +20% to 8.713 for the Ram. If Ford doesn’t sort out its supply issues we could very well see the Ram snap up the Canadian pole position in the coming months…

Nissan Rogue Canada June 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFirst Top 10 ranking in Canada for the Nissan Rogue.

Below, the Honda Civic (-7%) resists an aggressive assault from the Toyota Corolla (+15%) while the GMC Sierra is up a whopping 24% to 5th place and it’s a swan song for the Dodge Grand Caravan (which won’t be renewed) back up 9 spots to #7. Below the Toyota RAV4 up 32% to #9, the Nissan Rogue breaks into the Canadian Top 10 for the very first time at #10 thanks to sales up a stunning 54% on a year ago to 3.722 units. Other great gainers inside the Top 30 include the Hyundai Santa Fe (+42%), VW Golf (+73%), Kia Soul (+126%) and Chrysler Town & Country (+164%). Finally, the Mazda CX-3 is up 11 spots to #58 and the Honda HR-V makes its grand entrance in the Canadian sales charts at #68 with 703 sales.

Previous month: Canada May 2015: Ram Pickup closes in on F-Series in all-time record month

One year ago: Canada June 2014: Ford and Honda outperform market up 2%

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Canada May 2015: Ram closes in on F-Series in all-time record month

Ram 1500 Canada May 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Ram Pickup is only 975 sales below the Ford F-Series in Canada this month.

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Never before had Canadians bought as many new light vehicles in a single month as last May: 197.937 or 1% more than May 2014 and lifting the 5 month-tally to a record 755.582 units. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reclaim the group leadership off General Motors this month with 31.617 sales above Ford Motor at 29.043 and GM at 27.462. Toyota overtakes Hyundai-Kia while Nissan Motor gains 22% and Volkswagen Group gains 18%. Brand-wise, Ford stays at #1 by a large margin despite sales down 9% to 28.338 ahead of Toyota at 19.821 (-2%), Chevrolet at 16.473 (+9%), Honda at 15.853 (-4%) and Hyundai at 14.217 (-3%). Further down, Jeep (+27%) passes Dodge (-19%) to #8, and most premium manufacturers enjoy double-digit growth such as Audi up 26%, Lincoln up 27%, Mercedes up 28%, Porsche up 31% and Mini up 77%.

Kia Forte Canada May 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comKia Forte sales almost double year-on-year in May.

The Ford F-Series remains the best-selling vehicle in Canada in May but with its slimmest margin over the Ram Pickup (975 units) since BSCB started following the monthly Canadian new car market 5 years ago… Are we approaching the end of an era? The next generation Ram could be well placed to topple a supremacy that has now lasted for a full decade, with the Honda Civic last topping the annual Canadian sales charts in 2005. Below the Toyota Corolla, the Ford Escape jumps back to #5 while the GMC Sierra (+15%), Chevrolet Silverado (+12%) and Toyota RAV4 (+22%) lodge the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10.

Mazda CX-3 Canada May 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comFirst month of sales in Canada for the Mazda CX-3.

Further down, notice the Nissan Rogue up 32% to #12, the Jeep Cherokee up 50% and breaking into the Top 15 for the very first time, the Kia Forte up 91% to #22, the VW Golf up 260% to #25, Jeep Patriot up 136% to #32 and the Chevrolet Malibu up 107% to #38. There are four all-new nameplates making their entrance in the Canadian sales charts this month, led by the Mazda CX-3 landing directly at an impressive #69 with 717 sales. The remainders are all outside the Top 200 for now: the Land Rover Discovery Sport at #222, the Mercedes AMG GT at #225 and the Fiat 500X at #254.

Previous month: Canada April 2015: No end to record run in sight

One year ago: Canada May 2014: Market up 6% to reach best May figure ever

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Canada April 2015: No end to record run in sight

2015 Ford EdgeFord Edge sales are up 65% year-on-year in Canada in April.

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Nothing can stop Canadians from buying new cars in record numbers this year: April sales are up a further 6% year-on-year to 189.216 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to an all-time high 557.931 units after 4 months, up 4% on the same period last year which was already a record at the time.  General Motors snaps the groups pole position away from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just for this month at 29.127 units and 15.4% share vs. 27.473 and 14.5% but FCA remains in the lead so far in 2015 at 89.298 deliveries (+1%) vs. 78.277 (-3%) for Ford Motor Co and 75.537 (+6%) for GM. Hyundai-Kia (11.5%) and Toyota Motor (10.9%) maintain themselves above 10% share. In the brands ranking, Ford and Toyota remain sovereign but Chevrolet leaps past Hyundai and Honda to land in third place. GMC surges 30% year-on-year to #7 overall, Jeep is up 22%, Volkswagen up 13%, Subaru up 17%, Chrysler up 22%, Mercedes up 27%, Lexus up 32%, BMW and Audi both up a fantastic 37%, Porsche up 48% and Mini up 58%.

VW Golf Canada April 2015The VW Golf is up 8-fold compared to April 2014 thanks to the new generation.

In the models ranking, both the Ford F-Series (-5%) and Ram Pickup (-3%) lose ground on April 2014 but remain in the lead above the Honda Civic (+21%), Toyota Corolla (-3%) and GMC Sierra (+20%). Notable improvements inside the Top 50 include the Toyota RAV4 up 34% year-on-year to #10, the Chevrolet Cruze up 6 spots on March to #11, the Jeep Cherokee up 60%, the VW Golf up 8-fold (!) to #24, the Kia Sorento up 62%, Ford Edge up 65%, Chrysler 200 up 235%, Chevrolet Malibu up 98%, Nissan Micra up 517% and Subaru Outback up 66%. The Ford Transit is back up 33 ranks on last month to break into the Canadian Top 50 for the first time at #41, the Lexus NX is up 6 to #84, the Porsche Macan is up 24 to #129, helping lifting Porsche to its best month ever in Canada (690 deliveries) and the Jeep Renegade is up 103 ranks to #154 for its first full month in market.

Previous post: Canada 1st Quarter 2015: Volkswagen lifted by new Golf in record market

Previous month: Canada March 2015: Ram Pickup less than 1.000 units below Ford F-Series

One year ago: Canada April 2014: Toyota Corolla jumps onto podium

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Canada 1st Quarter 2015: VW lifted by new Golf in record market

VW Golf Canada March 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comVW Golf sales are up a whopping 533% year-on-year in Canada.

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Nothing seems to be able to stop the Canadian new light vehicle market from moving forward year after year: after record years in 2013 and 2014, sales are up a further 3% over the first quarter of 2015 to 368.927 registrations. FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) remains the most successful manufacturer in the country with sales up 2% to 61.825 deliveries. If in 2014 it lost the top spot to Ford Motor Co (now at 50.970) before the year came to an end, it doesn’t look like it will be the case in 2015, FCA being lifted by solid results from Ram (+15%), Chrysler (+12%) and Jeep (+10%).

Hyundai Sonata Canada March 2015. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comHyundai is now the #3 brand in Canada.

Displaying a polar opposite behaviour compared to the US, the Volkswagen Group is the largest year-on-year gainer with sales up a fantastic 28%, mainly due to its namesake brand (+38%) and Porsche (+28%) while Audi (+5%) is lagging behind. Ford is the best-selling brand in Canada despite sales down 5%, followed by Toyota (+5%) while Hyundai (+1%) overtakes both Honda (-4%) and Chevrolet (-7%) to land on the podium. Other great performers include GMC (+24%), Lexus (+21%), Lincoln (+23%) and Mini (-39%) while Fiat (-43%) is raising all kinds of alarm bells.

Ford F-150 Canada March 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ford F-Series is headed towards another record year in Canada.

The Ford F-Series, although improving at half the rate as its immediate follower the Ram Pickup (+6% vs. +10%) is headed to another all-time record year. The Honda Civic is down a harsh 16% but retains the title of best-selling passenger car in Canada, ranking #3 overall. Excellent showings of the GMC Sierra (+14%), Chevrolet Silverado (+19%), Toyota RAV4 (+23%), Honda CR-V (+15%), Jeep Cherokee (+24%), Kia Sorento (+45%) and Hyundai Sonata (+51%) inside the Top 25.

Nissan Micra Canada March 2015The Nissan Micra has hit the mark with Canadian consumers.

But the award goes to the VW Golf, the main reason behind Volkswagen’s stunning performance: it is up more than 6-fold on its Q1 2014 score thanks to the new generation going on sale during the 2nd half of 2014, making its entrance among Canada’s 20 most popular nameplates at #19 – it was #107 a year ago! The Nissan Micra leads all-new nameplates by far at a shiny 36th place with 2.450 sales, followed by the Ford Transit, Chevrolet Colorado, Lexus NX, Acura TLX, GMC Canyon, Audi A3, Q3 and Mercedes GLA.

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Quebec (Canada) Full Year 2014: Honda Civic reclaims top spot off Hyundai Elantra

Honda Civic Quebec 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda Civic is the best-selling nameplate in Quebec in 2014.

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For the first time on BSCB I can share with you detailed data for the French-speaking state of Quebec in Canada. In 2014 the Quebec new light vehicle market is up 1.4% to 420,686 registrations, accounting for 23% of a record Canadian market at 1.851.373 deliveries (+6%). Whereas the Hyundai Elantra put an end to 15 consecutive years of Honda Civic domination in Quebec in 2013, this year the Civic reclaims the top spot thanks to sales up 2% to 20.013 units vs. 17.272 (-16%) for the Elantra. Up 11% on 2013, the Toyota Corolla overtakes the Ford F-Series (-3%) to make the podium 100% compact cars, with the Mazda3 (+16%) rounding up the Top 5. Notice also the Ford Escape up 12% to #8, Ram Pickup up 10% to #9, Nissan Rogue up 86% to #15 and the GMC Sierra up 20% to #17. Toyota tops the manufacturers ranking ahead of Ford and Hyundai.

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Canada March 2015: Ram Pickup less than 1,000 units below F-Series

2015 Ram 1500 RebelOnly 997 sales separate the Ram Pickup from the Canadian pole position this month.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market continues on its positive trend: up another 2% year-on-year in March to 160,416 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to a record 368,927 units, up 3% on 2014 which was already a record year. The overall trend at play in Canada is pretty clear: pickup trucks now hold 19.8% of the total market vs. 18.3% a year ago, whereas passenger cars are down 2% over the 1st Quarter 2015. The Fiat Chrysler Group maintain its stranglehold on the market thanks to sales up 2% to 25,060 units for a strong 22.9% market share ahead for Ford Motor Co. at 19.6% (-5%) and General Motors at 19.2% (-3%). Hyundai-Kia overtakes Toyota Motor Co. to snap the 4th spot overall thanks to 19,389 sales vs. 16,805.

VW Golf Canada March 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comVW Golf sales are up 10-fold on March 2014 in Canada.

Brand-wise, surprisingly all marques in the Top 5 underperform the market: Ford (-5%) leads ahead of Toyota (-6%), Honda (-3%), Hyundai (+0.2%) and Chevrolet (-16%). Further below though, Nissan (+8%), Ram (+24%), GMC (+26%), Volksvagen at a polar opposite from its US performance (+73%), Lincoln (+28%), Porsche (+46%), Mini (+26%) and Scion (+29%) all shine. In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series remains the uncontested leader thanks to sales up 3% to 9,988 units, however the Ram Pickup continues to lodge record month after record month, now up 17% to a fantastic 8,991 sales, lifting its 1st Quarter result up 10% to 20,647 units.

Ram ProMaster City Canada March 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comRam ProMaster City

The GMC Sierra (+11% at #4), Chevrolet Silverado (+14% at #7) and Honda CR-V (+16% at #9) are the other great gainers in the Top 10, while further down the Toyota RAV4 (+34%), Jeep Cherokee (+53%), Mercedes C-Class (+78%) and Chrysler 200 (+72%) also impress. Special mention to the VW Golf up 10-fold on March 2014 to #19 and 1,970 deliveries. Among recent launches, note the GMC Canyon overtaking its mass-market twin the Chevrolet Colorado at a best-ever (for this generation) #80 and 485 sales vs. #82 and 466 units, the Ram ProMaster City up 61 spots on February to finish just off the Top 100 at #102 and 371 sales and the Jeep Renegade selling its very first Canadian unit in March.

Previous month: Canada February 2015: GMC Sierra/Chevy Silverado on fire

One year ago: Canada March 2014: Hyundai Santa Fe in Top 10 for the first time

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