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Canada January 2014: Is the Dodge Dart finally taking off?

February 14th, 2014 No comments

Dodge Dart Canada January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comDodge Dart

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New car sales in Canada are up a shy 0.4% year-on-year in January to 95,796 registrations. Ford remains the most popular brand in the country in spite of sales down 12% to 14,055 sales and is followed like over the FY2013 by Toyota up 12% to 9,328 units, Honda up 10% to 6,820 and Hyundai down 9% to 6,704 while Chevrolet crumbles down 28% to #6 and Nissan is up 37% to #8. Notice also Subaru and Mercedes both up 28% to #14 and #15 respectively, Infiniti up 41% to #22, Fiat up 82% to #24, Lincoln up 73% to #25, Land Rover up 38% to #26 and Maserati up 213% to 25 sales.

Infiniti Q50 Canada January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comInfiniti sales are up 41% year-on-year in Canada this month.

Model-wise, below the traditional Ford F-Series (-6%), Dodge RAM (+1%) and Honda Civic (+32%), we find the Dodge Grand Caravan up 3 spots on December to #4, the Mazda3 up 38% year-on-year to #7 and the Toyota RAV4 up a huge 221% to #9. Further down, the Dodge Journey is up 11 ranks on last month to #11, the Nissan Rogue up 127% on January 2013 to #13 and the Jeep Cherokee up one further spot to #17.

Jeep Cherokee Canada January 2014. Picture courtesy of motor trend.comJeep Cherokee

But the big question this month in Canada is: do we finally have a winner with the Dodge Dart? Stuck beyond the Top 60 in the USA, the Dart is back up to #23 in Canada for the second time in the last 3 months, this time up 106% year-on-year. A couple of more months at this level and we might need to revise our opinion about the success (or lack thereof) of Dodge’s compact car…

Previous post: Canada Full Year 2013: Ford F-Series breaks all-time record in market strongest in 10 years

Previous month: Canada December 2013: Honda CR-V on podium, Fit up to #14

One year ago: Canada January 2013: Hyundai Elantra on podium for the first time in 18 months

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Canada Full Year 2013: Ford F-Series breaks all-time record in strongest market in 10 years

January 15th, 2014 No comments

Ford F-Series Canada 2013. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.comThe Ford F-Series breaks the all-time annual volume record for any model in Canada ever.

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2013 is the strongest year for new light vehicle sales in Canada in a decade, as customers bought more cars this year than any time since 2002. The market gains 4% on 2012 to reach 1.74 million registrations thanks to December up 4% also to 113,036 units. This increase is solely due to very strong truck sales, up 7% year-on-year while car sales are flat.

Honda Civic Canada 2013. Picture courtesy of caranddriver.com

Honda Civic 16 years at Nb1 celebrationThe Civic is the #1 passenger car in Canada for the 16th year in a row, something Honda marketing is using.

The big event this year is the record-breaking run of the Ford F-Series. After becoming the first nameplate in the history of automobile in Canada to sell more than 100,000 units in a single year in 2012 (106,358), the F-Series smashes that record again as early as October and finishes 2013 up 15% to an all-time high 122,325 units. This means the F-Series has beaten the all-time annual volume record 3 times in the last 4 years (it sold 97,913 units in 2010), and retained the top spot for the last 4 years in a row, pushing Ford to its best year overall since 1997.

GMC Sierra Canada 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe GMC Sierra ranks 5th in Canada this year.

The Ram Pick-up also delivers an all-time record year, up 16% to 80,248 sales, its first time over 70,000 and 80,000 annual units! For its part the Honda Civic delivers its 16th consecutive year atop the passenger cars ranking with sales down 1% to 64,063, ranking third overall and managing to shed the Hyundai Elantra which was #1 up until June and finishes #2 passenger car and #4 overall this year thanks to 54,760 units, up 7%. There is a third pick-up truck in the Top 5: the GMC Sierra is up 10% and two spots on 2012 to 46,908 sales, passing the Dodge Grand Caravan (-9%) and Ford Escape (+2%).

Hyundai Santa Fe Canada 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai Santa Fe sales are up 25% in Canada in 2013.

Further down, notice the Toyota RAV4 up 28% to #13, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 25% to #15, Ford Fusion up 21% to #18, Mazda CX-5 up 56% to #23, Honda Accord up 73% to #25, Nissan Sentra up 31% to #30, Subaru Forester up 57% to #40 and Honda Fit up 101% to #49. Finally, the Dodge Dart lands at #47 with 9,870 sales for its first full year in market.

Previous month: Canada December 2013: Honda CR-V on podium, Fit up to #14

One year ago: Canada Full Year 2012: Ford F-Series first vehicle above 100,000 annual sales

Two years ago:  Canada Full Year 2011: Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram on top

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Canada December 2013: Honda CR-V on podium, Fit up to #14

January 15th, 2014 No comments

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The Canadian new car market is up 4% this month to 113,036 registrations, bringing the final 2013 figure to 1.74 million units, also up 4% on 2012. The big news this month is the exceptional performance of a handful of Honda models, no doubt pushed by end-of-year promotions: the CR-V doubles its sales vs. December 2012 and is up 7 spots on last month to land on the podium at #3 with 4,040 sales, and the Fit is up a whopping 435% year-on-year and 38 ranks on November to #14 at 1,909 units.

Honda CR-V Canada December 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHonda CR-V

Other great performers this month in Canada include the GMC Sierra up 37% to #4, Mazda3 up 67% to #9, Toyota RAV4 up 55% to #15, Nissan Rogue up 100% to #15, the Jeep Cherokee up a further 8 spots on last month to #18 with 1,508 sales, Hyundai Tucson up 73% to #24, Subaru Forester up 51% to #26, Jeep Grand Cherokee up 29% to #28 and the Nissan Versa up 119% to #30.

Previous month: Canada November 2013: New generation pushes Mazda3 up to #5

One year ago: Canada December 2012: Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Dart up

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Canada November 2013: New generation pushes Mazda3 up to #5

December 19th, 2013 1 comment

Mazda3 Canada November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comMazda3

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New light vehicles sales in Canada are up a shiny 6% year-on-year in November to 134,018 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,631,953 units, up 4% on 2012. Only pick-up trucks figures are available for now, this will be updated as data comes through. The Ford F-Series is now in unchartered territory, up 9% to 7,868 sales which lifts its year-to-date total to an unheard-of 114,729 units, a new all-time annual sales record for any vehicle in Canada and there is still one month to go before the year ends! The Dodge RAM reclaims the 2nd place it holds year-to-date thanks to 5,761 sales, ahead of the Honda Civic at 5,701 units.

Cadillac CTS Canada November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comCadillac CTS. Canadian Cadillac sales are up 53% year-on-year in November.

Nice move for the Dodge Grand Caravan, back up 5 spots on October and 12% year-on-year to #4 with 3,756 sales, but the best performer in the Top 10 is the Mazda3, up 34% on November 2012 thanks to the new model to a fantastic 5th place at 3,679 units, the nameplate’s best ranking in Canada since August 2011… Brand-wise, the leading trio this month is identical to the year-to-date ranking: Ford leads the way with 19,100 sales, followed by Toyota up 9% to 13,953 and Honda up 13% to 12,258. Notice Nissan up 20% to #7, Mazda up 13% to #9, Jeep up 34% to #13, Subaru and BMW up 22% to #14 and #15 respectively, Mitsubishi up 16% to #17, Buick up 22% to #22 and Cadillac up 53% to #23.

Dodge Dart Canada November 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comDodge Dart

Further down the ranking, there are two pieces of big news this month in Canada: the Dodge Dart which had so far received a lukewarm welcome in both the US and Canada, finally takes off here: up 39 spots on October to land at a best-ever #23, its first time inside the Canadian monthly Top 30 with its previous-best ranking in the country being #37 last July. The other new entrant in the Top 30 this month is the Jeep Cherokee, confirming its design has definitely not kept customers away from Jeep dealerships: it is up 136 ranks on last month to land directly at #26 with 1,285 sales for its first full month in market, even bettering the #35 it achieved in the US. Notice also the Nissan Pathfinder up a further 6 spots to #34 and the BMW X5 up 17 to #55.

Previous month: Canada October 2013: Ford F-Series beats annual record already!

One year ago: Canada November 2012: Ford F-Series at record level

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Canada October 2013: Ford F-Series beats annual record already!

November 15th, 2013 No comments

Ford F-Series Canada October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFord F-Series

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New car sales in Canada are up a strong 7% year-on-year in October to 145,657 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,497,935 units, up 4% on 2012. Thanks to 9,930 sales in October, up 24% year-on-year, the Ford F-Series manages to beat its all-time annual sales record after only 10 months, adding up to 106,861 so far in 2013, that’s more than the 106,358 units it sold over the Full Year 2012! This is also the new sales record for any vehicle in Canada… If it continues at this rhythm, the F-Series could finish 2013 at around 125,000 sales.

MY2014 Mazda 3 Canada October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comMazda3 sales are up 52% in Canada thanks to the 2014 model.

The Honda Civic is also in excellent shape this month, up 36% year-on-year to #2 and 6,852 units, but remaining #3 year-to-date below the Dodge RAM. The Ford Escape hits its best ranking in a year, up 11% to #4 with 4,830 sales while the Toyota Corolla, up 23% thanks to the new model, now ranks #2 passenger car behind just the Honda Civic and above the Hyundai Elantra and the 2014 model pushes the Mazda3 up 52% to #8.

Toyota Tundra Canada October 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Toyota Tundra is up 74% this month.

Notice also the Honda Accord up to #19 vs. #30 year-to-date, the Nissan Versa up to #20 vs. #35, Hyundai Sonata up 40 spots on September to #23 and the Toyota Tundra up 74% on October 2012 and 15 ranks on last month to #35. Further down, the Nissan Pathfinder is up 12 spots to #40, the BMW X5 up 23 to #55, the Mitsubishi Mirage up 39 to #130, Mercedes CLA-Class up 20 to #137, Jeep Cherokee up 67 to #162 and the BMW 4-Series makes its first appearance in the Canadian ranking at #133 with 191 sales.

Previous month: Canada September 2013: Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram back to high ground

One year ago: Canada October 2012: Ford F-Series close to all-time record

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Canada September 2013: Ford F-Series & Ram back to high ground

October 27th, 2013 6 comments

Ford F150 SVT Raptor Canada September 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comFord F-Series Canadian sales are up an indecent 27% year-on-year in September…

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Unlike its US counterpart, the Canadian new car market is up 4% year-on-year in September to 149,287 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,352,278 units, up 3% on 2012. Pick-up trucks are back to delivering indecent growth rates: the Ford F-Series is up 27% on September 2012 to 12,374 units while the Dodge Ram is up 24% to 6,423. Year-to-date, the F-Series is up 15% to a record 96,931 sales. The Honda Civic is up 8% in September, bringing its year-to-date result into neutral at 48,098 units.

Hyundai Santa Fe Canada September 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai Santa Fe 

Already feeling the effects of its new generation, the Toyota Corolla is up 36% to #5, with other great performers atop the ranking include the Hyundai Santa Fe up 66% to #12, Nissan Rogue up 73% to #23, Nissan Versa up 26% to #25, the Mazda CX-5 up 63% year-on-year but down 8 spots on August to #26, Honda Accord up 104% to #30 and Ford Fiesta up 64% to #32.

Jeep Cherokee Canada September 2013Jeep Cherokee

Further down, we have a few newcomers in the Canadian ranking this month. The Infiniti Q50 ranks #102 with 313 sales, the Mercedes CLA-Class lands directly at #157 with 108 units, the Mitsubishi Mirage is #169 at 81 sales, the Jeep Cherokee arrives at #229 with 17 units and the Ram ProMaster ranks #240 at 9 sales.

Previous month: Canada August 2013: Honda Civic passes Dodge Ram to rank #2

One year ago: Canada September 2012: Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra shine

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Canada August 2013: Honda Civic passes Dodge Ram to rank #2

September 20th, 2013 3 comments

Honda Civic Canada August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHonda Civic

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New light vehicle sales in Canada are not as dynamic as in the US but still up a very reasonable 5% year-on-year in August to 157,083 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,200,887 units, up 3% on 2012. The Ford F-Series is down a troublesome 8% on August 2012 to 10,630 registrations, its second consecutive month of year-on-year decline and 2nd time this year so far. The year-to-date total is still evolving at record heights however: up 11% on 2012 to 82,451 units. Down to a horrid 7th place in January, the Honda Civic is back to #2 for the first time this year thanks to 7,213 sales, up 25% on August 2012 and now taking its distance on the Hyundai Elantra, stuck at #4 this month and adding up to 39,290 units year-to-date vs. 41,836 for the Civic.

Chrysler Town & Country Canada August 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend,comChrysler Town & Country sales are up 689% year-on-year in August!

In spite of sales up a fantastic 24%, the Dodge Ram is kicked down to #3 this month but remains #2 year-to-date by far. The GMC Sierra is up 2 spots on July to #5, making it 3 pick-up trucks in the Canadian Top 5 in August. 18 months after its original launch in the country, the Mazda CX-5 continues on its relentless progression up the ladder: after breaking into the Canadian Top 20 for the first time last month, it is up a further two ranks to reach a record #18 in August, up 130% year-on-year. Other great performers include the Hyundai Santa Fe up 49% to #16, Nissan Rogue up 55% to #23, Nissan Versa up 78% to #24 and the Chrysler Town & Country up an out-of-this-world 689% to #28, slightly compensating for the 27% drop of its twin the Dodge Grand Caravan at #7.

Previous post: Canada July 2013: Honda Civic passes Hyundai Elantra year-to-date

One year ago: Canada August 2012: Ford F-Series at highest in over 3 years

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Canada July 2013: Honda Civic passes Hyundai Elantra YTD

August 14th, 2013 2 comments

Honda Civic Canada July 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Honda Civic could be the #1 passenger car in Canada for the 19th time in a row in 2013.

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New light vehicle sales in Canada are up a very healthy 7% year-on-year in July to 159,186 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,043,804 units, up 3% on 2012. No surprises in pole position: the Ford F-Series leads the way by far but shock, horror: for the first time in 2013 it is down year-on-year in July at a still very robust 10,144 sales. Year-to-date, the F-Series is still up 14% on 2012 at 71,821 units and still on track to break its own annual sales record by the time 2013 comes to an end. In fact pick-up trucks are pausing somehow this month in Canada apart from the Dodge Ram up a fantastic 21% at #2: the GMC Sierra is down 2% and two spots to #7 and the Chevrolet Silverado down 1% and 4 ranks to #12.

Mazda CX-5 Canada July 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Mazda CX-5 breaks into the Canadian Top 20 for the first time this month.

The big event this month is the Honda Civic reclaiming the title of best-selling passenger car year-to-date away from the Hyundai Elantra: thanks to 6,065 sales in July (+36%) vs. 5,409 (+25%) for the Korean, the Civic totals 34,623 units (-5%) so far in 2013 vs. 34,272 (+25%) for the Elantra. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the battle is far from being won, but a 19th consecutive year at #1 is now in the realm of possibles for the Civic. Other great performers this month include the Honda CR-V up 39% on July 2012 to #10, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 36% to #14, the Mazda CX-5 up 102% to break into the Canadian Top 20 for the first time at #20 and the Honda Accord up 109% to #23. Finally, notice the Buick Encore up 34 spots to #91 and the Fiat 500L up 82 to #129.

Previous post: Canada 6 months 2013: Ford F-Series on track for another record year

Previous month: Canada June 2013: Honda Civic-Hyundai Elantra fight gets heated

One year ago: Canada July 2012: Ford Escape up to #4

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Canada 6 months 2013: Ford F-Series on track for another record

July 20th, 2013 9 comments

Ford F350 Canada June 2013The Ford F-Series is on track for a second consecutive record year in Canada.

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New light vehicle sales are up 2% year-on-year halfway through 2013 in Canada to 884,618 registrations. Even more so than in the US, pick-up trucks are pulling the market up. While in 2012 it delivered the best ever annual volume for any vehicle ever on sale in Canada, the Ford F-Series is up a further 17% on this record after 6 months in 2013 to 61,677 sales, improving its market share from 6.1% to 7%! The Dodge RAM does even better, up a crazy 19% year-on-year to a record 41,907 units and 4.7% share…

Dodge RAM Canada June 2013The Dodge RAM delivers its strongest ever first half sales in Canada.

As we have seen in the June update, the fight for the title of best-selling Passenger Car in Canada has not been that close in over a decade: the Hyundai Elantra leads for now, up 13% to 28,863 sales, but the Honda Civic, #1 for the last 15 consecutive years, is only 305 units below at 28,558 (-11%)… The Dodge Grand Caravan is in difficulty at -15% to #5, while the GMC Sierra and Toyota Corolla remain #6 and #7 respectively.

Volkswagen Jetta Canada June 2013VW Jetta sales are up 23% year-on-year so far in 2013.

Other great performers in Canada over the period include the Ford Escape up 13% to #8, Toyota RAV4 up 36% to #11, VW Jetta up 23% to #14, Hyundai Santa Fe up 22% to #16, Ford Fusion up 26% to #18, Honda Accord up a whopping 162% to #24, Mazda CX-5 up 44% to #25, Kia Rio up 28% to #26 and Nissan Sentra up 45% to #28. There are 3 all-new models in the Top 100: the Dodge Dart at #47, Chevrolet Trax at #63 and Subaru XV Crosstrek at #85.

Previous post: Canada June 2013: Honda Civic-Hyundai Elantra fight gets heated

One year ago: Canada 6 months 2012: Honda Civic and CR-V shine

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Canada June 2013: Honda Civic-Hyundai Elantra fight gets heated

July 19th, 2013 2 comments

Honda Civic Hyundai Elantra Canada June 2013. Picture courtesy of autoguide.comOnly 27 units separate the Honda Civic from the Hyundai Elantra in June…

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New light vehicle sales in Canada are up 1% year-on-year in June to 171,825 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 884,618 units, up 2% on 2012. Even though their volumes slow down slightly compared to last month, both the Ford F-Series and the Dodge RAM are still way ahead of the competition and of their year-ago scores: up 12% and 16% year-on-year respectively to 11,051 and 7,344 units, bringing their respective year-to-date totals to 61,677 (+17%) and 41,907 (+19%). The other two pick-up trucks in the Top 30 are also on fire: the GMC Sierra is up 3 spots on May to #5 and the Chevrolet Silverado up 5 to #8.

Honda Accord Canada June 2013 Honda Accord sales are up 162% year-on-year in June.

In the meantime, the battle for the title of best-selling Passenger Car in Canada – which has been the property of the Honda Civic for an astounding 15 consecutive years – is heating up: only 27 units separate the two models this month and if the Civic has the advantage in June (5,750 vs. 5,723), it is lagging behind the Elantra year-to-date (28,558 vs. 28,863)… The second half of the year will be fascinating to follow and Hyundai would achieve a very significant milestone in Canada is the Elantra managed to beat the Civic over the Full Year… Notice also the Kia Sorento up 58% on June 2012 to #23, the Hyundai Sonata up 42% to #24, Nissan Sentra up 32% to #27,  Honda Accord up 162% to #28, Chevrolet Trax up 31 spots to #49 and the Dodge Dart down 10 to #56.

Previous month: Canada May 2013: Ford F-Series and Dodge RAM improve further

One year ago: Canada June 2012: Dodge Grand Caravan at highest since 2007

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