Every automaker has a star vehicle in its range that outsells its siblings—we've got them for every brand, for 2017's first half
Acura | Acura RDX
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +9% to 3,809 – Acura’s entry-level utility vehicle, the Acura RDX accounts for more than four out of every ten Acura sales in Canada. The RDX, together with the larger MDX, form nearly seven in ten Acura sales as the brand’s passenger car volume continues its collapse in the early part of 2017.
Alfa Romeo | Alfa Romeo Giulia
– 2017 First-Half Sales: 186 – Only just beginning to collect Canadian sales, the Alfa Romeo Giulia persistently collects critical acclaim but also deserved criticism for poor reliability. Giulia volume will nevertheless continue to expand, but we’ll see the real growth from Alfa Romeo when the Stelvio, Alfa Romeo’s first utility vehicle, launches this year.
Audi | Audi Q5
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +19% to 4,775 – Canada’s top-selling premium utility vehicle is the best-selling model at Audi. Audi Q5 sales have only ever grown in Canada, and it now averages 800 sales per month. That’s more than one-quarter of Audi Canada’s volume. The larger Q7 is Audi’s third-ranked model, behind the A4.
Bentley | Bentley Bentayga
– 2017 First-Half Sales: 62 – The first SUV from Volkswagen Group’s stories British brand, the new Bentley Bentayga outsells the Continental GT, Flying Spur, and Mulsanne combined. 157 Bentaygas have been sold in Bentley’s Canadian showrooms since its launch one year ago.
BMW | BMW 3 Series
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +10% to 3,608 – Although progressively less important to BMW in this age of SUV love, the BMW 3 Series is still Canada’s favourite BMW. Fewer than one-in-five BMW customers now choose a 3 Series, however, as the brand’s utility vehicles have grown their share of the brand’s Canadian volume from 52 percent one year ago to 55 percent in 2017.
Buick | Buick Encore
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +60% to 4,221 – With the new LaCrosse finding few buyers, the Regal and Enclave transitioning to a new generation, the former best-selling Verano discontinued, and the Envision still ramping up, the Buick Encore is far and away Buick’s best seller. Nearly half of the Buicks sold in Canada in 2017’s first six months were of the Encore variety, a subcompact crossover with mainstream appeal.
Cadillac | Cadillac XT5
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +682% to 3,198 – As the replacement for the SRX, the Cadillac XT5 takes over where the SRX left off: as Cadillac’s top-selling model. Precisely half of the Cadillacs sold in Canada in 2017’s first-half were XT5s. The XT5 will gain a smaller XT sibling in the near future and a larger three-row crossover (below the Escalade) soon, as well.
Chevrolet | Chevrolet Silverado
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +23% to 27,887 – Between the Chevrolet Silverado, its full-size SUV offshoots, and the smaller Colorado pickup truck, trucks and their offspring produce roughly four out of every ten Chevrolet sales in Canada. The Silverado has experienced rapid growth in the early part of 2017, growing far faster than the pickup truck category overall.
Chrysler | Chrysler Pacifica
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +1,235% to 3,350 – As the replacement for the Chrysler Town & Country, the Chrysler Pacifica – thanks to premium price points — remains a relatively low-volume minivan by the standards of FCA’s own Dodge Grand Caravan. South of the border, where the Pacifica’s role is more mainstream, it competes as one of America’s top-selling minivans. In Canada, only 11 percent of the FCA minivans sold are Pacificas.
Dodge | Dodge Grand Caravan
– 2017 First-Half Sales: -6% to 26,394 – Despite a poorly spelled-out future, the Ontario-built Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be a high-volume minivan in Canada; the highest, in fact. It helps to be a fleet favourite. It also helps to compete with an incentive-bolstered bargain basement price point. 59 percent of the Dodges sold in Canada are Grand Caravans. Another Dodge people carrier, the Journey, produces another 18 percent of Dodge sales.
Fiat | Fiat 500X
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +57% to 786 – Taking over from the original Fiat 500, the car that re-launched Fiat in Canada, the Fiat 500X remains a niche player in Canada’s subcompact category. Fortunately, it’s filling a larger niche than it did last year. 500X sales are up 57 percent in 2017, a gain of 286 sales for the Fiat brand.
Ford | Ford F-Series
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +9% to 78,427 – Not only does the Ford F-Series line of pickup trucks continue Ford’s best-selling line of vehicles, it’s also the top-selling vehicle line in Canada. By a huge margin. Nearly 8 percent of all vehicles sold in Canada are F-Series pickups. More than half of all Fords sold in Canada are F-Series pickup trucks. Ford is on pace to sell more than 150,000 in 2017.
Genesis | Genesis G80
– 2017 First-Half Sales: 162 – Re-launching the Hyundai Genesis and second-generation Hyundai Equus as the Genesis G80 and G90, respectively, has predictably not made an impact in the sales department. Genesis launched without dealers, and has no plan to make dealers a prominent part of its long-term strategy. In the near-term, sales of the G80 (formerly Hyundai Genesis) are dramatically lower than they were when it was sold in Hyundai showrooms.
GMC | GMC Sierra
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +21% to 31,178 – GM Canada’s best-selling vehicle, the GMC Sierra produces more than three-quarters of GMC sales. Together, the GMC Sierra and its Chevrolet Silverado twin account for roughly four in ten GM Canada sales. Both are on track for record sales years.
Honda | Honda Civic
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +12% to 37,180 – Set to potentially break its 2008 sales record, the Honda Civic has been bolstered by the arrival of the Civic Hatchback and now by niche-market performance cars such as the Si sedan and coupe and Type R hatchback. On track to be Canada’s best-selling passenger car for a 20th consecutive year, the Civic accounts for 41 percent of Honda brand volume.
Hyundai | Hyundai Elantra
– 2017 First-Half Sales: -7% to 23,722 – At the current rate of decline, which is subject to the launch success of the new GT hatchback, the Hyundai Elantra is projected to fall to a six-year low of some 45,000 Canadian sales in 2017. That’s enough to drop the Elantra from its usual perch as Canada’s second-best-selling car to third. It’s also enough to make some wonder if in 2018, the Tucson, and not the Elantra, will be Canada’s top-selling vehicle.
Infiniti | Infiniti QX60
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +4% to 2,125 – Nissan’s upmarket Infiniti brand is on track for yet another year of record sales thanks to the arrival of new vehicles (Q60 and QX30) and the continued growth from the top-selling Infiniti QX60. Based on the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 earns slightly more than one-third of Infiniti sales. Together, the QX60 and its QX crossover/SUV siblings produce 70 percent of Infiniti’s Canadian volume.
Jaguar | Jaguar F-Pace
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +469% to 1,388 – On sale for slightly more than a year, over 2,677 copies of the Jaguar F-Pace have been sold in Canada so far. Over 1,000 of those sales have come in the last four months. In 2017’s first-half, Jaguar’s first utility vehicle — despite competition from another new Jaguar, the entry-level XE sedan — has produced 56 percent of Jaguar’s Canadian volume.
Jeep | Jeep Cherokee
– 2017 First-Half Sales: -33% to 11,196 – Despite a one-third drop of some 5,500 sales, the Jeep Cherokee is still the top-selling model in Jeep’s struggling Canadian lineup. As the Patriot dies, as the Compass transitions into a new generation, as the Wrangler reaches the end of its current iteration, and as the Cherokee ages, Jeep sales are down 25 percent in Canada this year.
Kia | Kia Forte
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +34% to 8,635 – It’s not the newest Kia design. It’s not competing in a particularly healthy category. But the Kia Forte is priced properly, remains sufficiently stylish, and is a known entity. The Forte owns 24 percent of the Kia market. The Sportage and Sorento utility vehicles produce most of the remainder.
Land Rover | Land Rover Range Rover Sport
– 2017 First-Half Sales: -7% to 1,469 – In a growing Land Rover lineup, the Range Rover Sport sits at the heart. Not as pricey as the real Range Rover, not as small as the Discovery Sport or Evoque, the Range Rover Sport is consistently the Land Rover with the most potential for volume. Range Rover Sport sales are nevertheless on track to decline in 2017 for the first time since 2009.
Lexus | Lexus RX
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +18% to 4,501 – More competition in Lexus’s own showrooms from the more affordable NX did nothing to stifle demand for the most popular model in the lineup: the Canadian-built Lexus RX. Sales are up 18 percent in 2017 to 4,501 units, equal to 37 percent of the brand’s volume. Lexus’ passenger car lineup forms just 27 percent of the brand’s Canadian sales.
Lincoln | Lincoln MKX
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +4% to 1,796 – Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln brand is on track for just its fourth year with more than 8,000 sales in the last decade. Much of the credit belongs not to the oft-discussed Continental’s return or the more affordable MKC but rather the Canadian-built Lincoln MKX. MKX sales are on track to reach a four-year high in 2017. It accounts for more than four in ten Lincoln sales.
Maserati | Maserati Levante
– 2017 First-Half Sales: 490 – Surprise. Maserati finally launched a utility vehicle, and Maserati volume finally took off. Only 252 Maserati cars — sedans and GranTurismo two-doors — have been sold in Canada so far this year. But with the Maserati Levante in action, total Maserati sales are now nearly three times stronger than they’ve ever been before.
Mazda | Mazda 3
– 2017 First-Half Sales: level at 14,122 – Challenged now by the increasing popularity of the CX-5, the Mazda 3 is still the best-selling Mazda in Canada. Sales are flat in 2017 after plunging 32 percent between 2014 and 2016. The 3 accounts nine out of every ten Mazda car sales; nearly four out of every ten overall Mazda sales.
Mercedes-Benz | Mercedes-Benz C-Class
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +32% to 6,051 – Easily Canada’s top-selling premium brand vehicle in 2017’s first six months, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class generates half of Mercedes-Benz’s luxury car volume. Including the Sprinter and Metris vans, 23 percent of Mercedes-Benz’s Canadian volume is C-Class-derived. The C-Class now outsells the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series by roughly 90 units per month.
MINI | MINI Cooper
– 2017 First-Half Sales: Down 2% to 2,762 – In a MINI lineup that’s reporting growth because of the second-generation Countryman, it’s the MINI Cooper car range that powers 83 percent of the brand’s first-half Canadian sales. With two four-door models, a two-door, and a convertible, MINI sells 460 Coopers per month.
Mitsubishi | Mitsubishi Outlander
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +17% to 3,504 – As it stands, Mitsubishi Canada’s two best-selling models, this Outlander and the smaller RVR, are the brand’s two best-selling models. But with the Eclipse Cross soon arriving as another utility vehicle and the Lancer set to die after 2018, Mitsubishi will soon become far more crossover-dependent. 31 percent of Mitsubishi’s Canadian volume comes from the Outlander, which is on track for its best year since 2010.
Nissan | Nissan Rogue
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +23% to 22,618 – Four years ago, Nissan Canada reported 16,878 Rogue sales in the entire 2013 calendar year. In 2017, Nissan is on track to sell nearly 50,000 Rogues if the new, smaller, more affordable Qashqai doesn’t steal all its thunder. The Rogue now outsells the Altima, Micra, Sentra, Versa, 370Z, and GT-R combined.
Porsche | Porsche Macan
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +51% to 1,762 – Porsche has been an SUV brand that builds sports cars on the side for some time. But with the top-selling Porsche Macan continuing to gain strength, Porsche’s status is increasingly cemented. Nearly half of the Porsches sold in Canada are now Macans; nearly three-quarters are Macans and Cayennes.
Ram | Ram P/U
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +16% to 57,923 – At a brand where the only other candidates are relatively uncommon commercial vans, FCA’s Ram P/U range is the dominant vehicle. Ram is FCA Canada’s top-selling brand with the recent downturn at Jeep and the reduction of Dodge’s lineup. These trucks account for 95 percent of Ram sales, 55 percent of the former Dodge (Ram-inclusive) brand’s sales, and 38 percent of FCA Canada’s volume.
Subaru | Subaru Forester
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +13% to 7,254 – Subaru spreads out its success. The Subaru Forester is the brand’s best-selling model, though the Impreza and its WRX/STI offshoot actually combine to outsell the Forester. Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback is surging, now selling only 270 fewer copies per month than the Forester, which earns barely more than one-quarter of Subaru’s Canadian volume.
Toyota | Toyota Corolla
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +16% to 28,354 – Although the RAV4 took over as the brand’s best seller in 2016, and one would assume that trend would continue, the Toyota Corolla is back on top as Canada’s top-selling model at Canada’s second-best-selling brand. While boosted by the inclusion of the Scion iM in its lineup, the Toyota Corolla sedan is on the rise, as well, growing 5 percent to 25,569 units this year, besting the RAV4 by 274 units year-to-date.
– 2017 First-Half Sales: +1% to 10,874 – In a Volkswagen lineup that should be bolstered in the second-half of 2017 by the Atlas’s launch and the second-generation Tiguan’s arrival, the vast Volkswagen Golf range remains the vital component in Volkswagen’s Canadian picture. 38 percent of Volkswagen’s Canadian volume is Golf-derived. That’s Golfs, GTIs, Golf Rs, Golf SportWagens, and Golf Alltracks.
Volvo | Volvo XC90
– 2017 First-Half Sales: -16% to 1,236 – How long will the Volvo XC90, the brand’s flagship, be able to hold onto its crown as Volvo’s best-selling model? The second-generation Volvo XC60, long overdue, is set to arrive in Canada this year, and XC90 sales are already decreasing. Together, the duo currently forms 60 percent of Volvo’s Canadian volume.
In numerous new vehicle showrooms, one vehicle carries the weight of the world. Sixty percent of the vehicles sold in Canadian Dodge stores, for example, come from one model line.
Some brands are more diversified, relying on the most popular model little more than they do the least popular model. Regardless, in every showroom, there is a Canadian favourite.
2017’s first six months saw record sales of more than 1,000,000 new vehicles in Canada, with the calendar year set to end as the fifth consecutive year in which Canadians purchased and leased a record number of new vehicles.
The 30 best-selling vehicles in Canada — many from the same brands — account for the lion’s share of those sales. This, however, is a list of the most popular vehicles in each and every auto showroom in Canada so far this year.