Through the first four months of 2016, 17 percent of the new vehicles sold in Canada were Canadian-built models. Of the more than 101,000 sales produced by automakers by way of Canadian-built vehicles, three-quarters stemmed from five top-selling models. Canada’s best-selling car, two best-selling utility vehicles, and Canada’s best-selling minivan are all manufactured in southern Ontario. Through the end of April, Canadian assembly plants built 809,000 new vehicles, up 12 percent, year-over-year.
How successful are the 20 new vehicles built right here in Canada?
Honda Civic – Alliston, Ontario
Dodge Grand Caravan – Windsor, Ontario
Toyota Corolla – Cambridge, Ontario
Honda CR-V – Alliston, Ontario
Toyota RAV4 – Woodstock, Ontario
Ford Edge – Oakville, Ontario
Chevrolet Equinox – Ingersoll, Ontario/Oshawa, Ontario
GMC Terrain – Ingersoll, Ontario
Lexus RX – Cambridge, Ontario
Chrysler Town & Country – Windsor, Ontario
Chrysler 300 – Brampton, Ontario
Dodge Charger – Brampton, Ontario
Lincoln MKX – Oakville, Ontario
Dodge Challenger – Brampton, Ontario
Chevrolet Impala – Oshawa, Ontario
Ford Flex – Oakville, Ontario
Buick Regal – Oshawa, Ontario
Cadillac XTS – Oshawa, Ontario
Lincoln MKT – Oakville, Ontario
Chrysler Pacifica – Windsor, Ontario
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In Alliston, Cambridge, Ingersoll, Oakville, Brampton, Windsor, Woodstock, and Oshawa, Canadian auto workers assembled 809,195 new vehicles in the first-third of 2016, according to the Automotive News Data Center, a 12-percent year-over-year increase. Honda’s Alliston, Ontario builds of the Civic and CR-V were most numerous, with 18% of the new vehicles built in Canada so far this year. Toyota’s Cambridge facilities – where the Corolla and Lexus RX are assembled – and GM’s Ingersoll plant where Equinox and Terrain crossovers are built were the only other locations to top 100,000 units. Ford builds four vehicles in Oakville. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembles a trio of cars in Brampton plus minivans in Windsor. Toyota’s RAV4 facility is in Woodstock. GM also builds cars and the Equinox in Oshawa.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 16.3% to 18,721 – Canada’s best-selling car in each of the last 18 years, the new tenth-generation Honda Civic is growing at such a pace that a 19th consecutive year seems all but assured. Honda’s Alliston facility opened 30 years ago and has, at times, been responsible for production of Odysseys, Ridgelines, and Acura MDXs.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 9.6% to 15,204 – Although its Chrysler Town & Country twin has ceased production in favour of the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, production and sales of the hugely affordable Dodge Grand Caravan continue at a healthy clip. Indeed, recent reports suggest the Grand Caravan, Canada’s sixth-best-selling vehicle so far this year, will be produced through 2019.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 3.4% to 13,992 – The Cambridge, Ontario, factory continues to be responsible for Toyota Corolla production, but not for long. The RAV4 will move into the Corolla’s space in the next couple of years. In the meantime, the Corolla is Canada’s third-best-selling car, but it’s no longer Toyota Canada’s best-selling nameplate.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 10.3% to 12,826 – In North America, the Honda CR-V is assembled in three locations in three countries: Alliston, Ontario; East Liberty, Ohio; and El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico. Nearly half of that production comes out of the Canadian plant, in a country where the CR-V is now the second-best-selling utility vehicle overall. Honda is on pace to break its Canadian CR-V sales record in 2016 and should crack the 40,000-sale mark for the first time in the nameplate’s history.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 3.1% to 12,787 – Together, sales of the Canadian-built Toyota RAV4 and its Japanese-built Toyota RAV4 Hybrid partner are up 18 percent to 14,574 units in Canada through the first four months of 2016. Alone, sales originating from vehicles built in Woodstock, Ontario, have grown to 12,787 units, second amongst Canadian-built utility vehicles so far this year. RAV4 production will expand in Canada when the small crossover takes over the Corolla’s space in Cambridge.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 78.8% to 6,689 – Left to linger un-updated for far too long in first-generation form, the Canadian-built Ford Edge lost 12 percent of its volume between 2012 and 2015. But fortunately for Ford dealers, there was a new Edge launched in 2015, and sales of that model – through four months of 2016 – are up by nearly 3,000 units. In other words, the Edge, now Canada’s ninth-best-selling utility vehicle, will likely break its 2012 Canadian sales record in 2016.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 5.5% to 5,378 – Assembled in two locations in southern Ontario, the aging Chevrolet Equinox is increasingly less popular in its nation of origin. More than 22,000 were sold in 2011, but GM Canada is on track to sell fewer than 19,000 in 2016. South of the border, the Equinox and its GMC Terrain sibling combine to outsell all other individual SUV/crossover nameplates.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 0.3% to 3,109 – Though many know GMC’s SUV lineup for the thunderous Yukon and Yukon XL full-size brutes, and though the thoroughly re-engineered Acadia has stolen much of the GMC limelight of late, the GMC Terrain brings in more than half of all GMC utility vehicle buyers. Of course, over 70 percent of GMC’s overall clientele leave the dealer in pickup trucks.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 22.8% to 2,452 – Through the first-third of 2016, Canada’s second-best-selling premium brand utility vehicle is the Cambridge, Ontario-built Lexus RX. Sales of the RX are on track to rise to a seven-year high. Among luxury brand SUVs and crossovers, only Mercedes-Benz’s GLE-Class SUV sells more often.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 1.7% to 2,208 – Sufficient inventory remains for Chrysler Town & Country sales to show up on our radar for a few months yet, but the Town & Country has officially been replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. In Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. system, the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan share equal parts of the minivan realm. In Canada, the Town & Country – and now Pacifica – produce modest volume in comparison with the hugely affordable Grand Caravan.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 3.1% to 1,752 – In a slowly dying segment – full-size, volume-brand sedan sales are actually improving in Canada this year – the Brampton, Ontario-built Chrysler 300 is the leader of the pack. A decade ago, Chrysler sold more than 13,000 300s in Canada. The current pace of decline suggests Chrysler will scarcely sell more than 4,000 in calendar year 2016.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 20.4% to 1,730 – Absurdly fast and alluring models such as the SRT Hellcat draw plenty of attention to the Dodge Charger, but buyers have long since veered away from traditional rear-wheel-drive full-size sedans, even if they offer all-wheel-drive. Plunging Canadian sales in the first-third of 2016 suggest volume at the end of 2016 will be less than half what the Charger achieved in 2007.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 95.5% to 1,087 – Like its Ford Edge platform-mate, the upmarket Lincoln MKX is now in second-generation form, and sales are taking off compared with the first-third of 2016. At the current rate of growth, sales of the MKX, Lincoln’s best-selling model, should rise above 4,000 units in 2016, a barrier not crested by the MKX since 2011.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 3.8% to 994 – No sporting vehicle sells anywhere near as often as the Ford Mustang in Canada, but the Dodge Challenger now routinely outsells the Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro, you’ll recall, was built in Canada up until the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation, 2016 Camaro was launched. In 2015, Challenger sales rose to a five-year high. We’ll know more about the Dodge coupe’s ability to keep up that pace once the traditional spring and summer buying season is in full swing.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 14.7% to 957 – Although General Motors now builds Chevrolet Impalas in Hamtramck, Michigan, the majority of Chevrolet’s big sedans continue to come out of the Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant where GM also builds the Chevrolet Equinox. While no longer a downmarket fleet queen, the Impala is not a ubiquitous sight on Canadian roads like it used to be. It’s the 49th-best-selling car in Canada so far this year. The Impala ranked inside the top 25 in 2011; inside the top 10 in 2006.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: up 194% to 952 – When Ford relinquished the company’s position in the minivan sector, the Freestyle/Taurus-X-replacing Ford Flex became an indirect successor to the Windstar and Freestar. The numbers aren’t particularly strong – Ford produces far more sales with its Explorer – but the Flex lingers in first-gen form, selling far more often at the start of 2016 than at any point since 2010.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 28.1% to 310 – Only 6% of the Buicks sold in Canada during the first four months of 2016 were Regal sedans. The entry-level Verano, which has no future in North America, outsells the Oshawa-built Regal by nearly eight-to-one. Regal production is up sharply in 2016, year-over-year, but the Regal sales increase is happening in the United States.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 4.2% to 182 – Easily eclipsed in terms of prestige by the CTs and CT6 inside Cadillac’s own showrooms, the Cadillac XTS is still the more affordable big sedan, and it’s still an airport limo favourite. Nevertheless, this is not a car that will be directly replaced in the Cadillac sedan lineup.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: down 51.3% to 37 – Canadians looking for a premium three-row crossover turn in nearly every direction – Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Volvo XC90 – but they do not turn in the Lincoln MKT’s direction. 37 sales in four months may not even be a statistical blip on the radar. For every Oakville-built MKT sold in Canada in the first four months of 2016, the Ford Motor Company sold 181 Oakville-built Ford Edges.
– April 2016 YTD Sales: 24 – These are early days for the Chrysler Pacifica, the minivan that’s replacing the Chrysler Town & Country (not the same-named crossover that was largely rejected by consumers more than a decade ago). The first Pacificas were delivered at the end of March. We’ll see figures ramp up quickly, but the Pacifica won’t soon compete with its far more affordable Dodge Grand Caravan cousin in terms of Canadian minivan sales volume.