January is traditionally a low-volume month on the Canadian auto sales calendar. But to begin 2016, auto sales shot up to the highest January since 2002 with a 10% year-over-year improvement. Pickup trucks are largely to thank, along with help from their full-size commercial van brethren. The truck market exploded with an additional 4,220 sales last month as pickups produced 23% of the industry’s volume.
Pickup sales jumped 21% in January, full-size commercial vans up 27%
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– January 2016 Sales: up 18.8% to 22,888 – Canadian sales of the biggest pickup trucks increased by 3,616 units in the first month of 2016, a gain powered by across the board improvements. All six of the full-size pickup truck lines available in Canada posted increased sales in January. In calendar year 2015, full-size truck sales grew by two percent in Canada.
– January 2016 Sales: up 51.7% to 1,772 – After surging 59 percent during calendar year 2015 thanks to the arrival of two new General Motors trucks late in 2014, January sales of five smaller pickup trucks jumped by 604 units to 1,772 sales. By the standards of full-size trucks, these are low-volume totals. This quintet accounted for just 7.2 percent of all Canadian pickup truck sales in January. But the totals are rising quickly.
– January 2016 Sales: up 27.0% to 1,618 – With huge year-over-year gains from the segment’s three top-selling nameplates – Transit, Savana, Express – large commercial/cargo van volume grew by 344 units in January. Nearly three-quarters of all commercial van volume in January was produced by full-size nameplates.
– January 2016 Sales: down 23.4% to 616 – It wasn’t a positive month for small commercial vans, but the trend line suggests the figures from the first month of 2016 were out of sync with the direction of the market. Canadian small commercial van volume rose 18 percent in 2015, far outpacing the overall category and the overall auto industry.
– January 2016 Sales: up 12.6% to 8,838 – 2015 was a high-volume year for the F-Series, the 50th consecutive year in which the Ford led all pickup trucks in Canadian sales. But sales did fall to a three-year low as the industry posted record sales and the truck market exploded. 2016 begins on the right note, with a 13-percent year-over-year increase and 39 percent market share in the full-size truck category.
– January 2016 Sales: up 16.3% to 6,884 – For Fiat-Chrysler Canada’s best-selling Ram brand, pickup trucks are the driving force, accounting for 95 percent of the brand’s volume in January. 2015 was a record year for Ram pickup trucks, and 2016 begins with the truck’s best January ever thanks to a 963-unit year-over-year improvement.
– January 2016 Sales: up 26.5% to 3,352 – 2015 was a record year for GM full-size pickup truck sales in Canada. But GM still isn’t as big a player in Canada as the automaker is south of the border. Last year. GM’s full-size twins, the Sierra and Silverado, combined to outsell the top-ranked F-Series in the U.S. for the first time since 2009. In Canada, the GM twins weren’t just outsold in January by the F-Series but by the Ram as well. Expect GM’s combo to grab second spot long before the year ends, however.
– January 2016 Sales: up 28.9% to 2,784 – GM’s much higher-volume truck line in the United States plays second fiddle to the GMC Sierra in Canada. Silverado volume jumped 29 percent in January 2016, more than a match for the Sierra’s 27 percent uptick. Combined, the two trucks produced more than four-in-ten GM Canada sales in January.
– January 2016 Sales: up 91.6% to 939 – Canada’s top-selling small/midsize pickup truck averaged 524 January sales over the course of the five years heading into 2016. But January volume shot up to 939 units, setting the stage for what Toyota believes will be a big year. The Tacoma was refreshed for model year 2016 with a new engine, new interior, and new bodywork – among other changes – in order to more easily take on the new challenge provided by General Motors’ Colorado and Canyon.
– January 2016 Sales: up 45.1% to 782 – Updated but not thoroughly reengineered since the second Tundra was released in 2007, Toyota’s full-size pickup truck isn’t a low-volume vehicle. But relative to other full-size trucks, the Texas-built Tundra is a low-volume truck. Only three percent of the full-size trucks sold in Canada in January were Toyotas.
– January 2016 Sales: up 32.0% to 453 – Canada’s best-selling full-size commercial van is the best-selling commercial/cargo van overall. The Transit outsold its nearest rival by 1,958 sales in 2015 and produced 28 percent of all full-size commercial van sales in January. Built in Kansas City, the Transit is a long-running nameplate in Europe. The first full-size Transits were sold in Canada in June 2014.
– January 2016 Sales: up 27.7% to 309 – Ford and Dodge allowed their Ranger and Dakota to vacate the premises. Out went the Suzuki Equator, Mazda B-Series, Isuzu i-Series, and GM’s small trucks, too. The difference? GM returned. Colorado volume remains 17 times higher in the U.S. than in Canada, although the U.S. truck market is only seven times the size of Canada’s. Yet combined, the Colorado and Canyon have quickly become big players in their category in Canada, grabbing one-third of the sub-segment’s volume in January.
– January 2016 Sales: up 44.2% to 287 – Of GM Canada’s four truck offerings, the Canyon is the lowest-volume vehicle. But the foursome as a whole is the major driving force at General Motors. Just under half of GM Canada’s sales in January were pickup truck-derived. At GMC, the Sierra produced two-thirds of the brand’s volume; the Canyon another six percent.
– January 2016 Sales: up 64.0% to 282 – Combined sales of the Savana and its Chevrolet Express twin totalled a Transit-besting 545 units in January. (Ford also generates a large measure of sales with its older E-Series model.) Together, the Savana and Express owned 34 percent of the full-size segment both during the 2015 calendar year and in 2016.
– January 2016 Sales: up 62.3% to 263 – Only four percent of the new vehicles sold in January by General Motors Canada were commercial vans – and 42 percent of those vans were full-size Chevrolets – but they remain highly profitable machines. Sharing a Missouri plant with GM’s hot-selling midsize pickup trucks limits capacity somewhat, as well.
– January 2016 Sales: up 58.0% to 248 – Released first in medium-duty Titan XD form, the new Nissan Titan isn’t about to top the Ford F-Series on the sales leaderboard. Nissan will, however, be disappointed if the new Titan isn’t able to make major inroads. Titan sales peaked at 3,499 units in 2012, but stable Titan volume over the last five years was a mere drop in the bucket.
– January 2016 Sales: up 124% to 244 – Largely replaced by the Transit, the E-Series continues to be offered as a cutaway chassis model. And there are plenty of customers remaining. Only three commercial vans sold more often than the E-Series in January; eight sold less often.
– January 2016 Sales: up 16.8% to 230 – For a few years, the Frontier was fighting a losing battle with the Toyota Tacoma. But there was good news. There was essentially no other small/midsize truck competition. As a result, Frontier sales more than tripled between 2004 and 2015. Hanging on to decent volume won’t be easy in 2016, as Toyota’s updated Tacoma and further updates to the still-fresh GM twins make the Frontier appear stale and old.
– January 2016 Sales: up 378% to 220 – In calendar year 2015, the ProMaster City ended the year with 741 fewer sales than the Ford Transit Connect. But in comparison with January 2015, the first month of ProMaster City availability, sales rose sharply in January 2016. As a result of the Ram’s increase and the small Ford’s decrease, the ProMaster City ranked first in the category for the second time in four months.
– January 2016 Sales: down 34.7% to 203 – After Sprinter sales jumped to the van’s highest December total since 2010, it’s perhaps not surprising to see Sprinter volume decrease to a 41-month low, particularly when one takes into consideration the Metris’s arrival. Never before has the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter had an in-showroom rival, but the smaller and more affordable Mercedes-Benz Metris will now steal some of the limelight. Total Mercedes-Benz Canada commercial van volume in January was down 12 percent.
– January 2016 Sales: down 21.8% to 158 – Canada’s perennial best-selling small commercial van began 2016 with a stumble, but don’t expect the Ram ProMaster City to hold the Ford Transit Connect down for long. Ford is Canada’s dominant commercial van player. Granted, Transit Connect volume in Canada has fallen in three consecutive years while in the United States, Transit Connect volume has risen every year since launching in 2009, doubling between 2010 and 2015.
– January 2016 Sales: down 15.6% to 119 – Fiat-Chrysler’s Ram brand joined the full-size commercial van sector in late 2013 with an unusual approach: front-wheel-drive. 5,590 ProMasters have been sold since then. January’s ProMaster market share slid to just seven percent after the ProMaster attracted nine percent of all full-size commercial van customers in calendar year 2015.
– January 2016 Sales: up 3.1% to 100 – In January 2016, 16 percent of the small commercial vans sold in Canada were Nissans, up from 12 percent in January 2015 but down slightly from 17 percent over the course of 2015. The NV200’s best ever Canadian sales month was in March of last year, when 162 were sold.
– January 2016 Sales: 71 – Launched in November, the Metris has been slow to ramp up. Mercedes-Benz’s goal for the Metris is to fill a niche between true small commercial vans such as the Ram ProMaster City and larger vans like Mercedes-Benz’s own Sprinter. Like most other vans in the category, the Metris will be available as a minivan-alternative passenger van, but most will be commercial-oriented.
– January 2016 Sales: up 32.0% to 66 – Parked alongside one another, debadged versions of the City Express and Nissan NV200 would be indistinguishable. That’s because they’re the same van. Chevrolet’s small commercial van is sourced from Nissan. In July, August, September, and November of last year, the Chevrolet was the higher-volume van.
– January 2016 Sales: down 10.0% to 54 – On sale since the second quarter of 2011, only 4,186 NV vans have been sold in Canada so far. Annually, sales peaked at 1,091 sales in the NV’s first full year, 2011. The best month to date was back in June 2013, when 132 NVs were sold. In January 2016, only three percent of the full-size commercial vans sold in Canada were Nissans.
– January 2016 Sales: down 82.5% to 7 – On sale later this year in second-generation form, any Ridgelines sold of late were of the first-gen variety. Long since outdated and afflicted with fuel economy more suited to a prior era, the unique Ridgeline isn’t a factor at present. But Honda will seek to sustain greater Ridgeline demand in the near future. 4,988 Ridgelines were sold in Canada in 2006, but volume declined in eight of the next nine years.
Partly to blame for the small commercial van sector’s sharp decline in January was the Ram Cargo Van’s demise. (Its replacement, the ProMaster City, wasn’t able to completely make up for the void.) Ram C/V volume totalled 409 units last year. Similarly extinguished were two GM pickup trucks, the unusually shaped Chevrolet Avalanche and its upmarket Cadillac Escalade EXT sibling. Between 2004 and 2008, GM Canada averaged nearly 5,000 annual Avalanche sales but fewer than 300 annual Escalade EXT sales.