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The Canadian new car market continues to evolve at records heights: up 6% year-on-year in May to 195,571 registrations, simply the best May on record according to DesRosiers Automotive Reports. Ford leads the way once again despite a 1% year-on-year sales drop to 31,193 units, ahead of Toyota stable at 20,129 sales. Honda shines: up 2 spots on April and 12% year-on-year to third place at 16,507 units, as do Nissan up 29%, RAM up 17%, GMC up 20%, Mazda up 14%, Jeep up a huge 53% – very close to its performance in the US, Subaru up 23% and Buick up 48%.
The models ranking reflects this dynamism, with only 4 vehicles losing ground year-on-year in the Top 20: the Ford F-Series holding on to its pole position in spite of sales down 1%, the Hyundai Elantra (-10%), Honda CR-V (-6%) and Ford Focus (-25%). At the top, the RAM Pick-up remains #2 (+12%), the Honda Civic reclaims its traditional third spot (+18%) ahead of the Toyota Corolla (+11%) and Dodge Grand Caravan (+16%).
Impressive year-on-year gainers include the Hyundai Santa Fe up 49% to #12, the Nissan Rogue up 90% to #16, Honda Fit up 119% to #28, Nissan Versa up 54% to #32, Kia Optima up 106% to #37 and Toyota Tundra up 65% to #48. Notice also the Jeep Cherokee back up 7 spots on April to #21, the Ford Edge up 18 to #22 and the Ford Mustang up 48 to #40. Further down, the Nissan Micra (not on sale in the US) jumps from #140 to #58, the GMC Yukon XL is up 385% to #93 thanks to the new model and the Audi A3 is up 479% to #137 thanks to the new sedan. Like in the US, we welcome the Porsche Macan (#173), BMW i3 (#229) and Lincoln MKC (#248) in the Canadian ranking this month.
Previous month: Canada April 2014: Toyota Corolla jumps onto podium
Full May 2014 Top 33 brands and Top 252 models Ranking Tables below.