If SUVs are everything, well, let’s rank auto brands in Canada by 2017 SUV sales
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +13% to 5,308 – With two SUVs, the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan, Porsche generates seven out of every ten of its Canadian sales. While the Cayenne has reported a 10-percent drop through 2017’s first 11 months in the lead-up to the launch of a third-generation model, sales of the more popular Porsche Macan are persistently on the rise.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -4% to 6,132 – As sales of Lincoln’s cars flag, and even the newest Continental sedan now losing momentum, Ford’s upmarket Lincoln brand relies upon a quartet of utility vehicles for the lion’s share of its sales. In reality, the Lincoln MKX and smaller Lincoln MKC are charged with much of the labour. The duo produced 5,399 of Lincoln’s 6,132 SUV/crossover sales so far in 2017.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +5% to 8,286 – At Nissan’s premium Infiniti brand, a trio of vehicles are responsible for driving the brand toward record sales in calendar year 2017. The Q60 coupe has produces massive gains. The Mercedes-Benz GLA-based QX30 is a meaningful addition to the range. But it’s the best-selling model at the brand, the Infiniti QX60, that brings in the bulk of utility vehicle sales: 4,344 of the 8,286 sold so far this year.
#22: Land Rover
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +1% to 8,380 – One might assume the only all-SUV luxury brand would fare better than a 1-percent uptick through 2017’s first 11 months. But take into account the transition at the Land Rover brand, with the LR4-replacing Discovery and all-new Velar launching this year. The Velar has instantly become one of Land Rover’s top-selling models.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +26% to 8,854 – Spread across three models (medium, large, XL), the Cadillac utility vehicle range encompasses the Cadillac XT5, Escalade, and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. The Cadillac XT5, which replaced the long-running SRX, produces 49 percent of all Canadian Cadillac sales.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +3% to 12,790 – Acura’s passenger demand continues to dive, as the Integra and TSX and TL popularity is a distant memory. But Acura is on an even keel with level sales thanks to the steady popularity of the Acura RDX and Acura MDX, a duo of crossovers that account for more than two-thirds of the brand’s sales.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 13,531 – Mitsubishi’s car lineup isn’t just losing demand but actual members, too. The Mitsubishi Galant and Eclipse are long dead; the Lancer is going soon. But Mitsubishi’s Outlander and RVR are on the rise, with 2,025 more sales this year than last.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +52% to 14,722 – Despite booming crossover sales, total Buick sales in Canada are actually lower this year than last. Buick’s car sales have fallen off a cliff, with only 3,074 sales year-to-date. Utility vehicle sales, however, are up by more than 5,000 units through the first 11 months of 2017. Most Buick utility vehicle sales are created by the Encore.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 17,053 – Lexus is on track to post yet another year of record annual volume thanks mainly to the success of the brand’s two least costly crossovers. The Lexus RX and NX produced 8,728 and 6,991 sales between January and November, more than two-thirds of the brand’s sales.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +13% to 17,478 – Bolstered in part by fast-rising car sales, total Audi sales are up 19 percent this year, major growth for one of Canada’s three most popular premium brands. But it’s the SUVs that really make it count, with the Audi Q3, Q5, and Q7 now accounting for more than half of the brand’s Canadian volume.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +57% to 18,711 – A complete revamp of Volkswagen’s utility vehicle range was produced in 2017 by the discontinuation of the Touareg, introduction of a new Tiguan, the continuation of the old Tiguan, and the launch of the three-row Volkswagen Atlas. The trio recently generated more than four in ten Volkswagen sales, up from one in four a year ago.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -12% to 18,804 – Tumbling 9 percent so far this year, the shrinking Dodge brand is undeniably fading, in large part due to the loss of Grand Caravan minivan sales. But the Dodge Journey, the brand’s second-best-selling model, has fallen 18 percent so far this year, too, and the larger Durango remains a relatively low-volume family SUV.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +8% to 19,487 – Reliant on its five-pronged utility vehicle lineup for more than half of the brand’s sales, BMW is selling more X1s, X3s, and X5s than ever before. As a result, total BMW sales have ticked up marginally in 2017 despite sliding car sales.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 21,072 – No other premium auto brand in Canada sells more vehicles than Mercedes-Benz, more premium cars than Mercedes-Benz, or more SUVs/crossovers than Mercedes-Benz. The top seller is the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, sales of which have nearly doubled to 8,057 units in 2017.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +20% to 22,791 – One of only a handful of automotive brands that completely skips the passenger car market, General Motors’ GMC outlet still produces most of its Canadian sales with pickup trucks. Yet the brand’s SUVs and crossovers have posted massive gains in 2017 thanks to the second-generation GMC Acadia and second-generation GMC Terrain.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +9% to 27,470 – Operating in the conventional utility vehicle realm with the Kia Sportage and more popular Kia Sorento, Kia’s crossover sales have risen 9 percent in Canada in 2017 thanks to major Sportage gains and modest Sorento improvements. 2017 is set to be the best year ever for both vehicles.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +4% to 33,314 – On track for record sales in 2017, the fast-growing Subaru brand has generated two-thirds of its sales from its trio of high-riders: Crosstrek, Outback, and best-selling Subaru Forester. Keep in mind, in the entire 2012 calendar year, the entire Subaru brand sold only 31,003 vehicles.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +9% to 37,489 – Mazda Canada sales are on track to end 2017 at a seven-year annual high with help from both cars and crossovers. But while Mazda’s car sales have ticked up only slightly, Mazda’s trio of crossovers — Mazda CX-3, CX-5, CX-9 — are up 9 percent. CX-9 sales are up 62 percent, year-over-year.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +7% to 37,557 – A boom in sales of the Chevrolet Equinox powered both by the clear-out of old models and the arrival of the third-gen Equinox helped power the Bowtie brand to a 7-percent improvement in total SUV/crossover sales in the first 11 months of 2017. Elsewhere in the Chevrolet utility vehicle lineup, however, sales are in decline.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +4% to 55,593 – Despite plunging sales of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Hyundai Santa Fe XL, total sales of Hyundai’s “light truck” lineup are up 4 percent over 2016’s 11-month total in 2017. How? Credit the Hyundai Tucson, which is on track for nearly 32,000 sales in 2017, its fourth consecutive year of growth and best year ever.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: -16% to 65,126 – It’s the top-selling SUV-only brand in Canada, but after ranking second in overall SUV/crossover sales in 2016, Jeep’s sharp 16-percent year-over-year decline dropped the brand into fifth spot in 2017. Blame the year of transition, as a new Wrangler, new Compass, and discontinued Patriot wreaked havoc on continuity. Jeep hit a record of 83,086 Canadian sales in 2016 but is on track for fewer than 70,000 in 2017.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +5% to 67,426 – Nissan expanded its SUV/crossover lineup in 2017 with the Nissan Qashqai, an indirect replacement for the discontinued Nissan Juke. On sale since May, Nissan has already sold 7,887 Qashqais in Canada. Nissan Rogue sales, meanwhile, continue to grow alongside the Qashqai, with a 10-percent rise to 40,399 sales year-to-date.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +16% to 69,220 – Credit belongs in every corner. Honda only sells three different utility vehicles, the small Honda HR-V, best-selling CR-V, and three-row Pilot. But each member of the family is rapidly making headway in the Canadian market, with a 20-percent HR-V rise, 14-percent CR-V uptick, and 24-percent Pilot surge.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +8% to 76,330 – Known for best-selling Corollas and all-conquering Camrys and the green Prius, Toyota is also Canada’s second-best seller of SUVs and crossovers in 2017. From icon offroaders like the Toyota 4Runner to the family-oriented Highlander to the top-selling RAV4, Toyota is on track for its best year of SUV/crossover sales ever. The Toyota RAV4 is currently Canada’s top-selling Toyota and most popular utility vehicle overall.
– November 2017 YTD Sales: +11% to 85,993 – No auto brand generates more new vehicle sales than Ford, and no auto brand sells more SUVs and crossovers, either. Of the 283,316 new vehicles sold by Ford during the first 11 months of 2017, 146,175 were F-Series pickups. Another 85,993 were utility vehicles, including 45,324 copies of the Ford Escape.
Through the first 11 months of 2017, Canadian sales of SUVs/crossovers have exploded to nearly 800,000 units, or more than 40 percent of the overall market. That kind of segment-wide ascent has been fuelled by all parties in all corners, from crossover-centric Japanese brands to traditionally SUV-centric Detroit marques to premium entities aplenty.
As Canadian auto sales approach the end of the first-ever two-million-plus sales year, we have utility vehicles to thank. And through the first 11 months of the year, these are the 25 brands that sell the most SUVs and crossovers.