Through the first eight months of 2015, as Canada’s auto industry inches closer and closer to reporting yet another record year of total new vehicle sales, passenger car sales in are down five per cent.

Compared with the first eight months of 2014, that loss equals nearly 26,000 fewer sales for Canadian auto dealers. That has been cancelled out – and then some – by the gains among SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks though.

Nevertheless, these 25 cars led by the surging Volkswagen Golf stand in stark contrast to the car sector. Their sales are rising rapidly. Ineligible for honours are any cars which weren’t on sale throughout all of 2014 and any car which failed to generate more than 1,000 sales over the last eight months.