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The Canadian new light vehicle market continues on its record run in September, up 8% year-on-year to 187.266 units, the highest ever score for the month. This means we are headed towards a 5th consecutive annual record and the very first year above 2 million sales, with the year-to-date tally now adding up to 1.595.306, up 5.8% on the previous record established in 2016. According to local analysts Desrosiers that have a slightly smaller monthly total due to the absence of some luxury brands, light trucks are up 12.5% to 129.731 or 69.4% share vs. 67.7% year-to-date while passenger cars continue to struggle at -1.8% to 57.107 units or just 30.6% share vs. 32.3% so far in 2017. It’s an exceptionally strong month, with Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all breaking their September volume records.
Ford Motor reclaims the groups lead off General Motors with sales up 2.4% to 30.881. The Ford brand is up 2.7% thanks to the F-Series breaking a new volume record at 16.323 units. This is the 6th time the F-Series breaks its Canadian monthly high mark in the past 19 months… The Ford Escape (+7%) breaks its September record at #7 overall. General Motors is up 7% to 27.237 units, with Chevrolet (+6.6%) posting its best September score since 2006 and GMC (+10.5%) is at its highest for September since 1999. The Chevrolet Silverado surges 45% to remain above its twin the GMC Sierra (+17%) in 4th place overall. The Chevrolet Equinox also performs well at +27% as does the GMC Acadia up 161%. Toyota Motor soars 14.5% with double-digit increases in the cars, trucks (up 16.5% to 11.537) and luxury segment (up 11.1% to 2.419). The Toyota brand is up 16%, with the RAV4 (+15%), Corolla (+10%), Camry (+31%), Sienna (+40%), Highlander (+25%) and 4Runner (+20%) all outpacing the market.
Contrary to its paltry performance in the neighbouring U.S., Hyundai-Kia is up 9.2% in Canada this month, with Kia up 19.4% and Hyundai up just 3%. The Hyundai Tucson (+75%), Kia Forte (+78%) and Kia Rio (+63%) are pulling up the rest of the lineups. FCA is agonising again with a 6.1% drop to 18.444 sales. Jeep is down 28%, with the new Compass (+268%) the only bright spot. Chrysler is down 33%, with the Pacifica up 11%, Dodge is down 10% with only the Durango up (+9%), Fiat is down 10%. Ram (+16.4%) brings fresh air to the group as the Pickup is up 16%, while Alfa Romeo goes from just 1 units a year ago to 109 this month as the Giulia and Stelvio gear up.
Honda Motor is up 3.3% to a September record of 18.181 units, with the Honda brand up 3.4% and Acura up 2.5%. The Honda Civic remains the best-selling passenger car in the county despite a 1% year-on-year drop, the Honda CR-V (+24%) and Pilot (+88%) post September records. Nissan Motor soars 13.2% with Nissan up 14.4% to a September record, Mitsubishi up 6.8% and Infiniti up 13.6%. The group’s best-seller, the Rogue, is down 3% just as the smaller Qashqai continues to rise to #27, up one spot on August, the Murano is up 17%, the Pathfinder up 22% and the Titan up 48%. The Mitsubishi Outlander is up 13%, the RVR up 21% and the Infiniti QX60 up 63%. Subaru manages an impressive 11.5% year-on-year gain, with the Impreza up 41% and the Crosstrek up 67%. Mercedes (+12.9%) dominates the luxury race above BMW (+3.4%), Lexus (+11.1%) and Acura. Land Rover gains 12% with the Velar up 103 spots on last month to #141, Porsche is up 15.2%, Mini up 15.1%, Volvo up 21.4%, Jaguar up 32.3% and Tesla up 45.2%
Previous month: Canada August 2017: GM up 28.5%, VW up 72% in record market
Full September 2017 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 267 models below.