How many Canadian cars do Canadians buy in Canada? Well, we've got Canadian sales figures for every new vehicle built in Canada in 2017's first four months
Canada’s Auto Industry
Ford GT - Markham, Ontario
Chrysler Town & Country - Windsor, Ontario
Lincoln MKT - Oakville, Ontario
Cadillac XTS - Oshawa, Ontario
Buick Regal - Oshawa, Ontario
Ford Flex - Oakville, Ontario
Lincoln MKX - Oakville, Ontario
Chrysler 300 - Brampton, Ontario
Dodge Challenger - Brampton, Ontario
Dodge Charger - Brampton, Ontario
Chrysler Pacifica - Windsor, Ontario
Lexus RX - Cambridge, Ontario
GMC Terrain - Ingersoll, Ontario
Ford Edge - Oakville, Ontario
Chevrolet Equinox - Ingersoll, Ontario/Oshawa, Ontario
Toyota RAV4 - Woodstock, Ontario
Toyota Corolla - Cambridge, Ontario
Honda CR-V - Alliston, Ontario
Dodge Grand Caravan - Windsor, Ontario
Honda Civic - Alliston, Ontario
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Faced with an increasing number of cross-border challenges, Canada’s auto industry isn’t assured a successful future. For the time being, however, Canadian-built vehicles account for nearly one out every five new vehicles sold in Canada. Most of those vehicles aren’t Fords and Dodges and GM products — they’re Hondas and Toyotas. In Alliston, Cambridge, and Woodstock, Ontario, the Honda Civic and CR-V and Toyota’s Corolla sedan, RAV4, and Lexus RX are category-dominating vehicles. Canada has lost out on production of some long-time stalwarts, including the Chevrolet Camaro and Impala. But on a high-profile, limited-volume front, Markham-based Multimatic is now assembling the Ford GT, a veritable supercar from Canada’s top-selling auto brand.
Yes, the Ford GT is assembled outside Toronto by a firm previously known for working on Aston Martins, high-performance suspensions, and race cars. As of April 30, Ford had yet to report any GT sales in Canada, but Multimatic is producing GTs. Seven have already been sold south of the border in Ford’s home market.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -99% to 5 – Extinguished in favour of the Chrysler Pacifica, a direct replacement for the Town & Country, the Chrysler Town & Country was a long-running minivan built by North America’s dominant minivan manufacturer. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles still builds a closely related vehicle – the Dodge Grand Caravan is essentially a Town & Country twin – but Town & Country sales have ended.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -11% to 33 – Technically, Lincoln MKT production continues. But it’s certainly not a furious rate of production for the Oakville-built Ford Flex twin. Through the end of April, fewer than 1,000 MKTs had been built in Oakville this year, down 42 percent compared to the first four months of 2016, according to Automotive News.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +19% to 217 – Still a livery favourite for funeral homes and airport limos, the Cadillac XTS is actually on track for its best year since taking over from the DTS in 2012. Cadillac sells a handful of large sedans, including the CTS and one-year-old CT6. The Canadian-built XTS outsells both.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -14% to 267 – Production of the aging Buick Regal has slowed in 2017 as General Motors prepares to release the already-revealed next-generation Regal in hatchback and wagon formats. The wagon won’t make its way to Canada. In fact, production of the next Regal won’t make it here, either. Just as the current Regal was initially imported from Germany, the new Regal will be an import, as well. The Regal currently accounts for less than 5 percent of the brand’s Canadian sales.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -13% to 828 – As the Ford Flex nears the end of its lifespan, production has slowed dramatically, with 27 percent fewer Flexes being built in Oakville this year than last. Not surprisingly, Flex sales volume at Ford Canada’s dealers is lower this year, as well. The Flex has never been a popular vehicle, but sales are down 13 percent in 2017, year-over-year.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -2% to 1,070 – By far Canada’s top-selling premium Ford, the Lincoln MKX accounts for 43 percent of the brand’s sales through the first four months of 2017. Together, the MKX and its Ford Edge twin account for more than 90 percent of Ford’s Canadian production.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -15% to 1,498 – One of five Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ products built in Canada, the Chrysler 300 is one of three built in Brampton. Presently, it’s also the least popular, but the margins are slim. The Dodge Challenger has sold five more copies than the 300 so far this year; the Dodge Charger, 21 more copies than the Challenger.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +51% to 1,503 – Though unable to catch the Ford Mustang, perennially the top-selling sporty car in Canada, the Dodge Challenger’s big boost in the first third of 2017 means the big Dodge is well ahead of the Chevrolet Camaro. At the current rate of improvement, Dodge would sell more Challengers in 2017 than at any point since the nameplate returned in 2008.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -12% to 1,524 – Because of the disappearance of the Dart compact car and Viper sports car, the Dodge Charger is now responsible for the lion’s share of Dodge’s car sales. Most Dodge sales are produced by the Grand Caravan. The Journey and Durango are also more popular than Dodge’s cars. But Dodge’s car lineup is about to consist of only two cars: the Charger and its coupe sibling, the Challenger.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +8,654% to 2,101 – Long unavailable in Canada at an affordable entry price, Chrysler has recently allowed the Pacifica to move somewhat downmarket. The clear-out of its predecessor, the Chrysler Town & Country, is complete, allowing the Pacifica more elbow room. Canadians continue to favour the lower-priced Dodge Grand Caravan by a huge margin. But the Pacifica does now account for more than 40 percent of Windsor’s auto production, necessitated by far greater Pacifica popularity in the U.S.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +16% to 2,836 – The Lexus RX has been Lexus’ most important model since the crossover arrived nearly a decade into the Toyota premium brand’s run. Even with the more affordable NX stealing some of the limelight over the last couple of years, nearly 40 percent of Lexus’ Canadian volume is produced by the Cambridge-built RX350 and RX450h.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +36% to 4,233 – Eight years into the first-generation’s run, the GMC Terrain is finally launching in second-gen form. Something of a replacement for the Pontiac Torrent, the first GMC Terrain collected over 85,000 Canadian sales since its 2009 launch.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -11% to 5,956 – 2017 was the highest-volume year in the history of the Ford Edge in Canada, and in the U.S., too. But Ford hasn’t been able to match that furious Canadian Edge sales pace in 2017, losing more than 700 sales so far this year. Edge production has been trimmed, as well, albeit more modestly.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +53% to 8,250 – After the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox ran its course, a third-generation Equinox is reaching dealers now. There will even be a diesel-powered edition later this year. The Equinox is GM Canada’s fourth-best-selling model, and it’ll likely rank third – behind GM’s full-size pickups but ahead of the Cruze compact – before too long.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +1% to 12,910 – Total Toyota RAV4 sales climbed 2 percent to 14,893 units in 2017’s first four months, enough for the RAV4 to rank second among SUVs/crossovers overall. The RAV4 was Canada’s top-selling SUV/crossover in calendar year 2016. 1,983 of the RAV4s sold so far this year have been hybrids.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +7% to 14,953 – Total Toyota Corolla sales are up 19 percent to 16,615 units in 2016’s first four months, a figure elevated by the Scion iM’s move to the Toyota family. The iM, an import, accounts for 10 percent of total Corolla volume. Corolla sedan sales are nevertheless up 7 percent in a struggling car market.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +18% to 15,122 – Canada’s best-selling SUV/crossover through the first one-third of 2017, the Honda CR-V was released late last year in all-new fifth-gen form. CR-V sales reached record highs in 2016, but that record may well be smashed long before the end of the year if CR-V momentum keeps up.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: +6% to 16,239 – Although the Dodge Grand Caravan is the oldest and least technologically advanced vehicle in Canada’s minivan segment, it’s by far the most popular. That status is achieved with fleet sales, to be fair, and with a hugely affordable base price. Regardless, nearly six out of every ten minivans sold in Canada are Dodge Grand Caravans.
– April 2017 YTD Sales: -1% to 18,576 – 2017 is set to be the 20th consecutive year in which the Honda Civic tops all other passenger cars in Canadian sales. The Civic’s lead has been expanded by the addition of the Civic Hatchback, one Civic that isn’t built in Canada. (It comes from England.) Civic sedan and coupe sales are down slightly in 2017, but total Civic sales are up 17 percent to 21,834 units, equal to 11 percent market share in the car sector.