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Canada September 2018: Jeep, Subaru defy steepest decline this decade

Jeep sales are up 24.9%, helped by the Wrangler (+62%). Picture motortrend.com

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New light vehicle sales in Canada are currently enduring a negative streak without precedent this decade: September, down 6.7% year-on-year to 174.719 units, marks the steepest fall this decade, the 7th consecutive month of decline and the 9th drop in the past 12 months. The year-to-date tally is now down 1.4% to 1.572.531 units. If confirmed by the time 2018 comes to an end, this would be the first year since 2010 that light vehicle sales drop year-on-year in Canada. However the 2 million annual units, a milestone that has only been reached last year, may still be achievable – with a FY2018 BSCB estimate of 2.014.000 units at this stage. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks shift back into negative for the 2nd time in the past 3 months at -4.7% to 123.696 units and 71.5% share vs. 69.4% a year ago. This is the second highest ever light truck share in Canada below the 73.2% hit last January. Passenger cars continue to freefall at -13.7% to 49.278 and 28.5% share vs. 30.6% in September 2017. Year-to-date however, light trucks are up 2.2% to 1.101.391 and 70.3% share vs. 67.7% over the same period in 2017 and passenger cars down 9.7% to 464.519 and 29.7% share vs. 32.2%.

The Honda Accord (+26%) defies the freefalling passenger car dynamic. Picture motortrend.com

Ford Motor (-14.1%) remains the best-selling group in the country despite a hefty fall, followed like last month by General Motors (-6.1%) roughly matching the market and Toyota Motor (-8.3%) falling slightly faster. Nissan Motor (-0.5%), FCA (-3.8%) and Honda Motor (-4.8%) resist best among the big players but Hyundai-Kia (-13.5%), Mazda (-11.3%) and the Volkswagen Group (-7.2%) are in difficulty. Further down, Tesla (+385.7%), Volvo Cars (+41.5%), Subaru (+9.4%) and the BMW Group (+5.1%) post cool gains, Jaguar-Land Rover (-4.9%) edges down but Daimler AG (-19.1%) freefalls. Brand-wise, Ford (-14.4%) and Toyota (-8%) dominate but with lower shares with Honda (-4.3%) rounding up the podium but tilting into YTD negative territory and Chevrolet (-10.4%) struggles at #4. GMC (+0.6%) edges up to sign the only year-on-year gain in the Top 10 just as Nissan (-2.3%) and Hyundai (-2.9%) contain their fall. Further down, Genesis (+170%), Jeep (+24.9%), Bentley (+20%), Infiniti (+19.2%), Porsche (+13.2%), Buick (+12.9%) and BMW (+5.5%) all impress.

The Dodge Durango shoots up 161% year-on-year in Canada. Picture motortrend.com

In the models ranking, similarly to the U.S. the uncontested market leader, the Ford F-Series (-15%) is down sharply but remains by far in the lead at just under 14.000 sales, double the amount of the the Ram Pickup (-11%) under 7.000. The Honda Civic (+1%) at #3 overall and the Hyundai Elantra (+9%) at #9 are the only Top 10 nameplates in positive, a surprising situation given the depressed nature of passenger car sales in Canada. The Toyota RAV4 (-4%) remains the best-selling SUV above the Honda CR-V (-6%) while the Ford Escape (-27%) is losing the battle. The GMC Sierra (-7%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-18%) are in difficulty this month. Outside the Top 10, the Dodge Durango (+161%), Jeep Wrangler (+62%), GMC Terrain (+43%), Subaru Forester (+39%), Buick Encore (+38%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+32%), Jeep Grand Cherokee (+31%), Honda Accord (+26%) and Chevrolet Cruze (+23%) are among the best performers. The Hyundai Kona (#29) and Tesla Model 3 (#33) are the most popular newcomers (<12 months).

Previous month: Canada August 2018: Ford F-Series shines in 6th monthly decline

One year ago: Canada September 2017: Sales up 8%, headed to first year above 2m

Full September 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada August 2018: Ford F-Series shines in 6th monthly market decline

The Ford F-Series is one of only 4 nameplates in the Top 20 to post a double-digit gain.

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It’s not getting any better for Canadian new light vehicle sales, down for the 6th consecutive month and for the 8th time in the past 10 months at -1.5% to 181.560 units, such a long negative stretch had not yet happened this decade. The year-to-date volume edges now down 0.6% to 1.399.099. If this decline is maintained until the end of the year, 2018 would be the first year since 2010 that light vehicle sales drop year-on-year in Canada. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks are back in positive in August at +2.6% to 128.100 registrations and 70.8% share vs. 67.9% in August 2017 whereas passenger cars continue to freefall at -10.6% to just 52.842 and 29.2% share vs. 32.1% a year ago. Year-to-date, light trucks gain 3.2% to 977.695 and 70.2% share vs. 67.5% over the same period in 2017 and passenger cars dive 9.2% to 415.241 and 29.8% share vs. 32.5%.

Jeep Cherokee sales are up 27% year-on-year in August.

Ford Motor (+7.1%) remains the most popular group in the country, distancing General Motors (-10.1%) in great difficulty like in neighbouring U.S. with Hyundai-Kia (+5.2%) once again rounding out the podium. Toyota Motor (+2%), Honda Motor (+1.5%), Nissan Motor (+3.6%), the BMW Group (+7.9%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+3%) in order of ranking all post solid performances in contrast with FCA (-9.3%), the Volkswagen Group (-16.6%) and Daimler AG (-20.5%). Brand-wise, Ford (+7.2%), Toyota (+2.5%) and Honda (+0.3%) compose a podium 100% positive ahead of Chevrolet (-9.7%) with Mitsubishi (+17.8%), Acura (+13.1%), Hyundai (+9.3%) and BMW (+8.2%) posting the largest gains in the Top 20 and Volkswagen (-22.2%), Mercedes (-20.5%), Dodge (-17.1%), GMC (-12.6%) and Ram (-8.7%) enduring the largest drops. Genesis (+236.4%), Tesla (+71.4%) and Volvo (+44.6%) shine further down.

The Nissan Qashqai is up 31%. Picture motortrend.com

In the models aisle, the Ford F-Series (+10%) blissfully ignores the market slump, the only nameplate in the Top 14 to manage a double-digit gain, scoring its 4th largest monthly volume in history at 15.438, only beaten by tallies from May 2018 (16.039), June 2017 (15.660) and September 2016 (15.659). The Honda Civic (+3%), Ram Pickup (-11%), GMC Sierra (-20%) and Chevrolet Silverado (-27%) complete the Top 5 with all full-size pickups in great difficulty. Notable performers in the remainder of the Top 20 include the Nissan Qashqai (+31%), Jeep Cherokee (+27%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+17%) and Honda CR-V (+8%) just as the Toyota RAV4 (+4%) snaps the title of best-selling SUV in August. The Hyundai Kona (#28) remains by far the most popular recent launch (<12 months), distancing the Nissan Kicks (#63), Ford Ecosport (#74), Tesla Model 3 (#86), Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#100) and Subaru Ascent (#109).

Previous month: Canada July 2018: Hyundai-Kia soars, FCA freefalls in market down 3.5%

One year ago: Canada August 2017: GM up 28.5%, VW up 72% in record market

Full August 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada July 2018: Hyundai-Kia soars, FCA freefalls in market down 3.5%

The Kona helps Hyundai up 9% year-on-year in Canada in July.

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New light vehicle sales in Canada are now in unchartered territory after 6 consecutive record years and 9 consecutive year-on-year gains: they endure a 5th year-on-year decline in a row – something that had not happened yet this decade – the 7th drop in the past 9 months and, worse, the negative trend seems to be accelerating as July marks the largest year-on-year drop since October 2016 at -3.5% to 175.785 units. As a result and for the first time in 2018, the YTD tally is now down (gasp!) by 0.5% at 1.217.542. If this decline is maintained until the end of the year, 2018 would be the first year since 2010 that light vehicle sales drop year-on-year in Canada. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, exactly as in the neighbouring U.S. even light trucks are down this month at -1.1% to 122.299 but improve their share to 69.8% vs. 68% a year ago while passenger cars continue to freefall at -9% to 53.018 and 30.2% vs. 32% in July 2017. Year-to-date, light trucks are up 3.3% to 849.595 and 70.1% share vs 67.4% over the same period in 2017 and passenger cars are also down 9% to 362.399 and 29.9% share vs. 32.6%.

The Honda CR-V is up 20% year-on-year in Canada this month.

There are a lot of surprising moves in the July groups ranking: below the traditional leaders Ford Motor (+0.9%) and General Motors (-2.4%), Hyundai-Kia surges 9% to third place with 12.4% share vs. just 9.9% (-2.7%) so far in 2018, in complete opposite direction from its very difficult year in the U.S. Toyota Motor (-1.4%) is knocked down to 4th place but Honda Motor (-0.5%) leaps up two spots on June to #5, eclipsing FCA down an abysmal 33% year-on-year to #6, the group’s lowest ranking since we started following Canadian groups in September and to be compare with the outright pole position it held last January and February! Nissan Motor (+1.2%) is down to #7 ahead of the Volkswagen Group (-6.5%) while Daimler (-4.5%) and the BMW Group (-6.5% struggle).

Kia deliveries are up 7.9% year-on-year in July.

Brand-wise, Ford (+1.5%) is the only one (well) above 10% share at 15.5%, distancing three declining marques: Toyota (-0.4%), Honda (-0.9%) and Chevrolet (-5.3%) with Honda snapping the #3 spot YTD off Chevrolet. Hyundai replicates its parent company’s gain at +9% in 5th place, overtaking Nissan (-1.8%) with Kia (+7.9%) and Mazda (+5.9%) the only two other Top 10 brands in positive. Just outside the Top 10, we have part of the explanation for FCA’s freefall in July: Jeep drops 37.1% and Ram falls 22.8%, marking the first year-on-year decline for Jeep this year (it was up 45.7% in February and 43.8% in March) but the fourth consecutive double-digit fall for Ram. Genesis (+145.5%), Volvo (+47.5%), Bentley (+38.5%), Chrysler (+38.2%), Tesla (+28.6%), Buick (+16.4%), Infiniti (+14.6%), Subaru (+13.2%), Alfa Romeo (+12.2%) and Mitsubishi (+11.6%) defy the challenging market conditions to deliver double-digit gains.

The Ascent has landed in Canada and Subaru is up 12.9%.

No surprise atop the models ranking: the Ford F-Series (-1%) remains by far the best-seller in the country, but the big news is only 4 nameplates in the July Top 15 manage to return a year-on-year gain. The Honda Civic (+8%) leaps up one spot on June to #2, overtaking the Ram Pickup (-23%) and the Honda CR-V (+20%) posts the largest gain in the Top 20 to consolidate its title of #1 SUV in Canada. That’s the only two uplifts in the Top 10. Then the Hyundai Tucson (+15%) and the Chevrolet Cruze (+8%) complete the list in the Top 15. Reversely, the Ford Escape (-15%), Jeep Cherokee (-13%) and Hyundai Elantra (-10%) are hit the hardest.

Genesis sales are up 145.5%, the largest gain in market for July.

Further down, notice the VW Tiguan (+67%) ending the month just one sale off a Top 20 ranking, with the Ford Transit (+214%), VW Atlas (+98%), Buick Encore (+48%), Nissan Qashqai (+45%), Nissan Sentra (+43%), Kia Soul (+42%), Mercedes C-Class (+35%) and Mazda CX-3 (+27%) also very dynamic in the Top 50. The Hyundai Kona (#26) breaks its Canadian ranking record and is the only recent launch (<12 months) in the Top 50, followed by the Nissan Kicks at #55 (+30), Ford Ecosport at #64 (+7) and the Subaru Ascent landing directly at #100 for its very first appearance in the Canadian sales charts.

Previous post: Canada First Half 2018: Towards a 6th consecutive record year?

Previous month: Canada June 2018: Chevrolet strong, Tesla (+524%) breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Canada July 2017: General Motors helps market up 4.9%

Full July 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada First Half 2018: Towards a 6th consecutive record year?

Jeep posts the largest gain in the Top 10 at +21.5% but can’t prevent FCA from sinking 11.1%.

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There’s nothing stopping Canadian new light vehicle sales, on track to post a stunning 6th consecutive all-time record and 9th consecutive gain with First Half deliveries up 0.2% to a new record 1.041.757 units. However at end June the market was on a 4-month streak of consecutive year-on-year declines, something that had only happened once before this decade in Canada (July-October 2016). According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks continue to pull the market up at +4.1% to 728.185 sales and a record 70.2% share vs. 67.3% over the same period in 2017 whereas passenger cars sink 9.2% to 308.492 and just 29.8% share vs. 32.7% a year ago.

Mitsubishi gains 17.7% partly thanks to the arrival of the Eclipse Cross.

Group-wise, Ford Motor (-2.9%) remains in the lead but General Motors (+3%) ends the Semester just 633 sales below just as FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dives 11.1% to 12.9%, losing the 2nd place in the process. Toyota Motor (+1.6%) and Honda Motor (+0.9%) round up the Top 5, kicking Hyundai-Kia (-4.9%) down to #6. The Volkswagen Group (+13.9%) and Jaguar-Land Rover (+8%) perform best below. In the brands ranking, Ford (-2.9%) remains comfortably in the lead ahead of Toyota (+2.4%) while Chevrolet (+6.5%) climbs onto the podium, knocking Honda (+0.8%) down to #4. Jeep (+21.5%) and Mazda (+5.9%) also shine in the Top 10, with Volvo (+42.6%), Mitsubishi (+17.7%), Volkswagen (+16.7%), Land Rover (+14.7%) and Audi (+10.5%) also scoring double-digit gains further down. Tesla surges 217% to just under 5.000 units, thanks to an all-time record in June. Below 1.000 sales over the period, Alfa Romeo (+298.2%) and Genesis (+159.2%) shoot up.

Volkswagen is up 16.7% thanks to the Tiguan.

Over in the models aisle, the Ford F-Series (-8%) is comfortably headed towards a 10th consecutive year as the best-selling vehicle in Canada and 15 wins over the past 16 years (only interruption was by the Honda Civic in 2008), but a steep decline means no more volume records. The Ram Pickup (-16%) and Honda Civic (-4%) also dive but hold onto their 2017 ranking. The Chevrolet Silverado (+8%) overtakes its posh twin the GMC Sierra (-5%) to snap the 4th spot overall, making it 4 full-size pickups in the Top 5, one more than in the neighbouring U.S. The Honda CR-V (+18%) leaps past the Toyota RAV4 (+5%) to grab the SUV crown with the Ford Escape (+1%) and Nissan Rogue (-1%) both breaking into the Top 10 to make it 4 SUVs in the Top 10 and just two passenger cars: the Civic and Toyota Corolla (-11%).

The Hyundai Kona is the most popular new launch over the period.

Further down the ranking, the Nissan Qashqai (+821%), Jeep Compass (+186%), VW Tiguan (+104%), Jeep Wrangler (+99%), Subaru Crosstrek (+97%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+60%), Mazda CX-3 (+40%), Audi Q5 (+31%), Honda Odyssey (+28%) and Toyota Tundra (+25%) make themselves noticed – that’s 8 SUVs in the 10 biggest gainers… Only one recent launch (<12 months) manages to crack the Canadian Top 50: the Hyundai Kona at #43, it is followed by the Ford Ecosport (#86), Tesla Model 3 (#109) up to #25 in June, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#147), Kia Stinger (#164) and Range Rover Velar (#169).

Previous post: Canada June 2018: Chevrolet strong, Tesla (+524%) breaks into Top 20

One year ago: Canada June 2017: Ford F-Series hits record, 3rd month above 200.000 units

Full H1 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 285 models vs. Full H1 2017 figures below.

Canada June 2018: Chevrolet strong, Tesla (+524%) breaks into Top 20

The Silverado (+8%) helps Chevrolet up 6.6% in Canada in June.

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Like last month, under a year-on-year decline in June (-0.4%) hides one of the largest monthly volumes in Canadian history at 202.701, precisely the 4th best ever below May 2017 (216.861)May 2018 (215.903) and June 2017 (203.495) as well as the 5th time Canada sales cross the symbolic 200.000 milestone – add April 2016 (200.607). Year-to-date volumes edge up 0.2% to 1.041.757. In the groups ranking, even though it drops 4.8% year-on-year, Ford Motor hits a splendid 15.4% share and reclaims the YTD lead off General Motors (+1.8%) while Toyota Motor (-0.6%) overtakes FCA down a disastrous 17.6%. Jaguar-Land Rover (+8.7%), Hyundai-Kia (+4.7%), Nissan Motor (+3.9%) and the Volkswagen Group (+2.4%) shine whereas the BMW Group (-2.7%) and Daimler AG (-2.2%) disappoint.

Tesla breaks into the Top 20 brands in Canada thanks to the Model 3.

The brands podium is entirely in negative with Ford (-4.6%), Toyota (-1.1%) and Honda (-2.4%) reproducing the May order, while Chevrolet soars 6.6% but is stuck in 4th place, Nissan (+0.9%) is back above Hyundai (+5.3%) and Mazda (+7.8%) posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10. Ram (-20.6%) and Dodge (-31.7%) implode. Below, Alfa Romeo (+184.5%), Genesis (+175%), Volvo (+44.3%), Land Rover (+23.3%), Mitsubishi (+18.1%), Infiniti (+16.3%), Buick (+12.5%) and Porsche (+8.8%) impress. But the best performer in Canada this month is Tesla, up a whopping 524% year-on-year and 12 spots on May to break into the Top 20 for the first time with a record 2.527 sales, that’s no less tan 4 times the brand’s previous volume record of 633 in September 2017! This is of course due to the gearing up of the Model 3 hitting a record 1.850 units vs. 456 last month, but also the Model S posting its 2nd largest ever volume at 295 (pb 325 March 2016) and the Model X breaking its volume record at 382 (pb 360 in December 2017).

The Honda CR-V soars 22% to remain the best-selling SUV in Canada.

Model-wise, no surprises on top with the Ford F-Series (-13%), Ram Pickup (-19%) and Honda Civic (-3%) on the podium followed by the Chevrolet Silverado (+8%), GMC Sierra (-4%), Honda CR-V (+22%) and Toyota RAV4 (+1%) exactly replicating the YTD order for the Top 7. Below, the Nissan Qashqai (+164%), VW Tiguan (+117%), Subaru Crosstrek (+64%), Mazda CX-3 (+59%), Jeep Cherokee (+41%), Toyota Tundra (+37%), Ford Transit (+34%), Kia Soul (+26%), Toyota Camry (+25%) and Mazda CX-5 (+18%) all post very solid gains in the Top 50. The most popular recent launch (<12 months) is the Tesla Model 3 shooting up 88 spots on May to break into the Top 25, of course the highest ranking ever hit by a Tesla nameplate in Canada. It is followed by the Hyundai Kona (#29), Ford Ecosport (#71) and Nissan Kicks (#85).

Previous month: Canada May 2018: F-Series breaks record in 2nd largest month in history

One year ago: Canada June 2017: Ford F-Series hits record, 3rd month above 200.000 units

Full June 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada May 2018: F-Series breaks record in 2nd largest month in history

It’s a new volume record for the Ford F-Series in Canada.

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Although the Canadian market does dip by a tiny 0.4% year-on-year to 215.903 units this month, it’s from an exceptionally high comparison set a year ago, as May 2017 remains to this day the biggest month in Canadian history at 216.861 registrations. This way, May 2018 is the second highest month ever and only the 4th time the market surpasses 200.000 monthly sales after April 2016 (200.607) and June 2017 (203.495). The year-to-date volume is now up 0.4% to a record 839.056 units after five months, but the market has now been in decline for three consecutive months, something that hasn’t happened in over 5 years – since March 2013. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks remain robust at +4% to 147.337 sales or 68.4% of the market, with passenger cars once again solely responsible for the market decline at -9.4% to 68.070 or 31.6% share. YTD light trucks lift up 4.8% to 589.183 or 70.4% vs. 67.3% a year ago while passenger cars drop 9.5% to 247.339 or 29.6% share vs. 32.7% over the same period in 2017.

The Honda CR-V surges 28% to remain the #1 SUV in the country.

Ford Motor remains at the helm of the groups ranking despite a 3.3% year-on-year drop to 15.4% share, still well above its YTD level of 14.8%, General Motors gains a cool 5.4% to 15.2% but FCA tumbles down 14.8% to 13.1%, distancing Toyota Motor (+0.9%) at 11.2%, Honda Motor (+3.4%) at 10% and Hyundai-Kia (-6.8%) at 9.9%. Jaguar Land Rover (+15.8%), Daimler AG (+10.5%), the Volkswagen Group (+10.4%), BMW Group (+8.5%) and Nissan Motors (+4.3%) are all in great shape. Brand-wise, Ford (-3.1%) easily wins at 15.1% share just as its four direct followers all beat the market: Toyota (+1.9%), Honda (+3.2%) and Chevrolet (+8.5%). Mazda (+6.9%) and Nissan (+3.2%) are also solid but Ram (-16.1%), Hyundai (-8.9%) and Kia (-3.5%) suffer. Further down, Genesis (+125.8%), Alfa Romeo (+123.5%), Volvo (+41%), Land Rover (+28.7%), Tesla (+28.6%), Mitsubishi (+20.1%), Bentley (+20%), Buick (+14.8%), Smart (+11.8%) Volkswagen (+11.4%) and Mercedes (+10.5%) are the best performers.

The Ford Ecosport is now the most popular recent launch in Canada. Picture canadianautoreview.ca

The Ford F-Series posts the biggest gain in the Top 5 at +5% to lodge a new all-time volume record at 16.039 units, beating its previous best of 15.660 established in June 2017. The Ram Pickup (-17%), Toyota Corolla (-7%) and GMC Sierra (-3%) all lose ground year-on-year and the Honda Civic edges up 4% in third place. The Honda CR-V surges 28% to #6, cementing its YTD lead in the SUV segment above the Toyota RAV4 up just 3% in May. The Dodge Grand Caravan (-37%), Hyundai Elantra (-29%) and Ford Escape (-8%) are hit hard. Further down the ranking, the best performers include the Nissan Leaf (+643%), Subaru Crosstrek (+95%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+88%), VW Tiguan (+79%), Jeep Cherokee (+73%), Audi Q5 (+58%), Jeep Compass (+47%), Buick Encore (+39%) and Toyota Prius (+39%). With the Nissan Qashqai (+899%), VW Atlas (+396%) and Toyota C-HR (+6%) now above the 1-year mark, the title of best-selling newcomer goes to the Ford Ecosport (#88) ahead of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#145), Kia Stinger (#165) and Range Rover Velar (#166).

Previous month: Canada April 2018: Premium brands and Nissan defy market down 2.6%

One year ago: Canada May 2017: Ram teases F-Series in all-time record month

Full May 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 270 models below.

Canada April 2018: Premium brands and Nissan defy market down 2.6%

The XC60 (+140%) helps Volvo up 49.5% year-on-year in Canada in April.

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New light vehicle sales in Canada post a second consecutive year-on-year decline in April at -2.6% to 192.297 units, but thanks to a strong start of the year the YTD tally remains at an all-time record level, up 0.5% on the previous record established last year at 623.153 registrations. This is the first back-to-back decline of 2018. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks stay in positive at +2.2% to 133.773 sales or 69.7% of the market, with passenger cars solely responsible for the market decline, hit a steep 12.4% to 58.083 or 30.3% share. YTD light trucks gain 5.1% to 441.845 or 71.1% vs. 68% a year ago just as passenger cars drop 9.6% to 179.269 or 28.9% share vs. 32% over the same period in 2017.

Land Rover jumps 32.4% year-on-year with the help of the Range Rover Velar. Picture caranddriver.com

Ford Motor is back in the groups lead, losing less ground than the market at -1.1% to 15.6% share and edging past last month’s leader General Motors down 4.6% to 15.4%. FCA (-15.5%) suffers heavy losses and loses the YTD 2nd spot to Ford Motor with Hyundai-Kia (-8.7%) in the same boat. In contrast, Jaguar Land Rover (+22.6%), Daimler AG (+8.5%), the BMW Group (+8.2%), the Volkswagen Group (+7.9%) and Nissan Motor (+6.5%) both post solid gains with Toyota Motor (-0.3%) almost stable.

Acura gains 23.2% year-on-year in April, with the MDX up 34%. Picture caranddriver.com

Brand-wise, Ford (-0.8%) comfortably stays on top, improving its market share by one percentage point vs. YTD at 15.2$. Toyota (+0.9%), Chevrolet (-6.3%), Honda (-7.1%) and Hyundai (-14.4%) round up the Top 5 with Nissan (+10.9%), Mazda (+7.4%) and GMC (+5.1%) the best performers in the Top 10. Below, the largest year-on-year gains are the exclusivity of premium brands: Genesis (+291.4%), Alfa Romeo (+245%), Volvo (+49.5%), Land Rover (+32.4%), Tesla (+28.6%), Acura (+23.2%), Audi (+13.9%) and BMW (+10.8%) all impress. Reversely, Fiat (-83.7%), Ram (-34.4%), Buick (-30.4%), Maserati (-28.9%), Infiniti (-27.4%) and Chrysler (-20.3%) implode.

The Chevrolet Silverado (+15%) limits General Motors’ drop to -4.6% this month.

The Ford F-Series remains the best-selling nameplate in the country by far with stables sales (-1%) whereas the Ram Pickup crumbles down 35% to less than half the F-Series. On the other hand the Dodge Grand Caravan (+18%), Chevrolet Silverado (+15%) and Honda CR-V (+10%) are the only Top 10 models posting a double-digit year-on-year gain, just as both the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla drop 16%. Great performers further down include the Jeep Compass (+482%), VW Tiguan (+101%), Subaru Crosstrek (+90%), Jeep Wrangler (+54%), Kia Sorento (+31%), Toyota Sienna (+31%), Mazda CX-3 (+27%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+27%) and Ford Mustang (+26%). The Nissan Qashqai continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) at #31 (-7 on March) ahead of the VW Atlas at #69 (-3), Ford Ecosport at #76 (+10) and Toyota C-HR at #91 (-6).

Previous month: Canada March 2018: Top Four 100% Full-size pickups, market down 0.5%

One year ago: Canada April 2017: Ram Pickup breaks record in market down 1.5%

Full April 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada March 2018: Top Four 100% Full-size pickups, market down 0.5%

Hefty discounts ahead of the arrival of the 2019 model (pictured) push Ram Pickup sales up 7%.

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The Canadian new light vehicle market records its first year-on-year drop of 2018 at -0.5% to 186.993 registrations, but thanks to solid results during the first two months of the year, the year-to-date volume breaks another record at 430.856 units, up 1.9% on the previous record established in 2017. According to local consultancy Desrosiers whose figures are slightly lower due to the absence of some luxury brands such as Tesla, light trucks progress 5.2% to 132.515 sales or 71.1% of the market whereas passenger cars drop 12.4% to 53.932 or just 28.9% share. Year-to-date, light trucks gain 6.4% to 308.072 or 71.8% but passenger cars decline 8.2% to 121.186 or 28.2%. General Motors spectacularly regains control of the groups ranking both in March wth 16.1% share and year-to-date at 15.1%, leaving Ford Motor (13.9%), FCA (13.1%) and Toyota Motor (11.3%) far in the distance. FCA still ranks #2 YTD but is only 70 sales above Ford Motor. The Volkswagen Group posts a very satisfying 23.6% year-on-year gain this month and 26.2% YTD.

The Chevrolet Silverado is also up 7% this month in Canada.

Over in the brands ranking, Ford remains comfortably ahead at 13.5% share but drops 2.3% whereas Toyota soars 9.7% to 10.1%., the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 8. Chevrolet (+1.3%), Honda (-8.4%) and Nissan (-3.7%) round up the Top 5 while Hyundai is hit hard at -12.2%. Once again Jeep posts the biggest improvement among mass brands with a 43.8% surge lifting it to #9 just below Ram (+6.1%). It ranks #6 over Q1 2018. Below, Volvo (+39.4%), Mitsubishi (+39%), Volkswagen (+31.8%), Tesla (+28.6%), Lincoln (+26.1%) and Audi (+14%) deliver double-digit year-on-year gains while among smaller brands Alfa Romeo (+492.3%) and Genesis (+320%) stand out. There is also a handful of deep dives, the worst all being the property of FCA: Fiat (-84.6%), Dodge (-43.8%), Chrysler (-43.6%) and Maserati (-38.5%).

The Jeep Wrangler breaks it all-time volume record in Canada this month.

The Ford F-Series overcomes a steep 11% year-on-year drop to dominate a Canadian models ranking skewed particularity heavily towards full-size pickups this month: it distances the Ram Pickup (+7%), Chevrolet Silverado (+7%) and GMC Sierra (-5%), monopolising the Top 4 for the second time in the past four months. Traditional best-seller in the passenger car segment, the Honda Civic holds onto its throne but drops 23% to #5 overall. The Toyota RAV4 (+21%) leads all SUVs, unperturbed by the impending arrival of a new generation, ahead of the Honda CR-V (+11%), Nissan Rogue (-6%) and Ford Escape (-1%).

The new model propels VW Tiguan sales up 150% in Canada this month.

Just outside the Top 10, the Jeep Wrangler posts another fantastic result: up a whopping 217% on March 2017 to 3.839 sales – a new all-time volume record for the nameplate. The Jeep Compass (+987%), VW Tiguan (+150%), Subaru Crosstrek (+102%), Honda Odyssey (+49%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+49%), Mazda CX-3 (+41%), Mazda CX-5 (+36%), Audi Q5 (+32%) are the most dynamic in the remainder of the Top 50. The Nissan Qashqai (#25) continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) head and shoulders, followed by the VW Atlas (#66), Toyota C-HR (#85) and Ford Ecosport (#86). This month we welcome no less than five newcomers in the Canadian sales charts: the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at #133, the Jaguar E-Pace at #191, BMW X2 at #200, Volvo XC40 at #205 and Genesis G70 at #237.

Previous month: Canada January 2018: Jeep, VW and Chevrolet shine in record market

Previous year: Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series and Ram break records in first 2m year

Full March 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 265 models below.

Canada February 2018: Jeep, VW and Chevrolet shine in record market

The Jeep Wrangler posts another stellar month in Canada at +175%. 

* See the Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 260 models by clicking on the title *

Following up on five consecutive record years and a new January record last month, the Canadian new light vehicle market doesn’t seem to want to slow down with sales up another 2.2% year-on-year in February to 126.026 units, the 4th consecutive February record Canada has posted. Accordingly, the year-to-date tally, up a sturdy 3.9% to 243.770, is a new all-time record after two months. Continuing on a years-long trend, passenger cars continue to skid down 6% to 35.879 and just 28.6% share whereas light trucks continue to gallop ahead at +5.6% to 89.651 and 71.4% of the Canadian market, figures being slightly lower than above as Desrosiers doesn’t include some luxury brands such as Tesla.

The Tiguan (+76%) helps Volkswagen up 32.3% in February in Canada.

Group-wise, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dominates for the second month running despite sales down 1.2% to 15% share, less than 400 units above Ford down 2.4% to 14.7%. General Motors posts another impressive score, up 8.8% to 14.3% and up 11.7% year-to-date. Toyota Motor (-1.3%), Honda Motor (+1.5%) and Nissan Motor (+6.1%) follow but it’s the Volkswagen Group that lodges the best performance at +27.2%. In the brands ranking, Ford remains leader by far in spite of a 2% drop to 14.3% share, well ahead of Toyota (+0.9%) at 9.6% while Chevrolet soars 21% to 8.7%, overtaking Honda (+2.5%). Jeep once again stuns with a 45.7% surge at #7, Volkswagen gains 32.3%, with Alfa Romeo (+2525%), Volvo (+34.6%), Tesla (+28.6%), Mitsubishi (+27.2%), Genesis (+25%), Audi (+21.9%) the other carmakers managing a 20% gain or more.

The Ford Ecosport is up 76 spots on last month to #72.

Unsurprisingly, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular nameplate in the country but, like in January, it posts an uncharacteristically steep 16% year-on-year drop. The Ram Pickup does a little better in 2nd place at -10% while the Honda Civic drops 5% at #3. The Honda CR-V (+5%), Chevrolet Silverado (+9%) and Nissan Rogue (+8%) on the other hand all beat the market while the Jeep Wrangler impresses again with a 175% surge at #10, remaining in 5th place year-to-date. Further down, the Jeep Compass (+1370% due to the new model), Subaru Crosstrek (+114%), BMW X3 (+98%), Mitsubishi Outlander (+78%), VW Tiguan (+76%), Audi Q5 (+72%), Ford Transit (+70%), Toyota Tundra (+65%) and VW Golf (+52%) make themselves noticed in the Top 10. The Nissan Qashqai (#25) continues to dominate recent launches (<12 months) head and shoulders, followed by the VW Atlas (#66), Ford Ecosport (#72, up 76 on January) and Toyota C-HR (#84).

Previous month: Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep and Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

One year ago: Canada February 2017: New light vehicle sales do not weaken at +3.2%

Full February 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 37 brands and Top 260 models below.

Canada January 2018: Honda, Jeep & Chevrolet soar in market up 5.9%

The Jeep Wrangler leaps to 5th place overall in Canada in January. 

* See the Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 260 models by clicking on the title *

After five consecutive annual records and a first 2 million year in 2017, new light vehicle sales in Canada continue on their galloping growth with deliveries up 5.9% to 117.744 in January. Light trucks advance 9.1% to 85.906 or 73.2% of the market while Passenger cars dive 2.6% to just 31.375 or 26.8% share. FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles signs its first monthly win since February 2017 despite sales down 4.4% to 15% share, distancing General Motors (+15%), Ford Motor (-4.4%) and Honda Motor surging 28.8% to 11.1% share. Toyota Motor (+2.5%) rounds up the Top 5 with the Volkswagen Group (+28.9%) and BMW Group (+15%) also posting spectacular gains.

The Honda Civic is up 34% to 3rd place. 

Brand-wise, Ford leads but is down 4.8% while Honda shoots up 3 spots on December and 31.5% year-on-year to 2nd place overall, eclipsing Toyota (+2.8%) with Chevrolet (+25.9%) and Jeep (+28.1%) the biggest gainers in the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+45.4%), Genesis (+36.4%), Tesla (+28.6%), Smart (+25%), Infiniti (+16.8%), BMW (+15.1%), Subaru (+14.8%), Mini (+11.1%), Audi (+10.2%) and Mazda (+10.2%) lodge the largest improvements in market.

The Chevrolet Cruze (+105%) helps GM up 15%. Picture caranddriver.com

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series remains the most popular but drops 16% just as its immediate follower the Ram Pickup is down 17%. The Honda Civic on the other hand is back up 8 spots on December and 34% year-on-year, followed by the CR-V up 32% to #4. The Jeep Wrangler is the hero of the Top 10 with sales up 3-fold on January 2017 to #5 (+22 on last month) just as the 2018 model arrives in dealerships. This is the nameplate’s highest ever ranking in Canada according to BSCB records, its recent best being #16 in July 2014. The Ford Escape (+17%), Chevrolet Cruze (+105%), VW Tiguan (+98%) and Golf (+44%) also shine. The Nissan Qashqai (#23) tops all recent launches above the VW Atlas (#51) and Toyota C-HR (#71).

Previous post: Canada Full Year 2017: F-Series and Ram break records in first 2m year

One year ago: Canada January 2017: FCA tops market up 2.3%

Full January 2018 Top 15 groups, Top 35 brands and Top 260 models below.

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