As Canadian auto sales rapidly rise to record-setting levels for the second year running, Ford F-Series sales have levelled off as a new F-150 approaches. Yet while the F-Series easily remains on top of this list of best-selling vehicles, the order of nameplates behind the F-Series is apt to change.
Through nine months, these are Canada’s favourite cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans
#30: Nissan Versa
#29: Nissan Sentra
#28: Toyota Camry
#27: Kia Rio
#26: Honda Accord
#25: Ford Edge
#24: Ford Fusion
#23: Mazda CX-5
#22: Chevrolet Equinox
#21: Jeep Cherokee
#20: Ford Focus
#19: Jeep Wrangler
#18: Hyundai Accent
#17: Dodge Journey
#16: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
#15: Nissan Rogue
#14: Volkswagen Jetta
#13: Honda CR-V
#12: Chevrolet Cruze
#11: Toyota RAV4
#10: Chevrolet Silverado
#9: Mazda 3
#8: GMC Sierra
#7: Toyota Corolla
#6: Hyundai Elantra
#5: Ford Escape
#4: Dodge Grand Caravan
#3: Honda Civic
#2: Ram P/U
#1: Ford F-Series
- #30: Nissan Versa
- #29: Nissan Sentra
- #28: Toyota Camry
- #27: Kia Rio
- #26: Honda Accord
- #25: Ford Edge
- #24: Ford Fusion
- #23: Mazda CX-5
- #22: Chevrolet...
- #21: Jeep Cherokee
- #20: Ford Focus
- #19: Jeep Wrangler
- #18: Hyundai Accent
- #17: Dodge Journey
- #16: Hyundai...
- #15: Nissan Rogue
- #14: Volkswagen...
- #13: Honda CR-V
- #12: Chevrolet Cruze
- #11: Toyota RAV4
- #10: Chevrolet...
- #9: Mazda 3
- #8: GMC Sierra
- #7: Toyota Corolla
- #6: Hyundai Elantra
- #5: Ford Escape
- #4: Dodge Grand...
- #3: Honda Civic
- #2: Ram P/U
- #1: Ford F-Series
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 28.9% to 11,294 – Canada’s third-best-selling subcompact has been buoyed by the addition of a Versa Note hatchback. The sub-Versa Micra hatchback may be eating into the Versa’s volume, however, as Versa sales tumbled 28% in August and 45% in September after rising 74% in the first half of 2014.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 0.9% to 11,596 – Nissan’s most popular passenger car is early in its seventh-generation. August sales jumped 36%; September volume was up 57% during a month in which the Sentra ranked ninth among passenger cars, up from the 18th position one year ago.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 14.0% to 12,008 – Canada’s best-selling midsize car in 2012 slid behind the Ford Fusion in 2013 and trails the Fusion and Honda Accord in 2014. Camry Hybrid volume has fallen 12% to 2151 units in 2014, 18% of the Camry nameplate’s total. For model year 2015, the Camry will be significantly refreshed, and sales have dipped notably of late in advance of the change, falling 35% in September.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 7.0% to 12,092 – Symptomatic of Kia’s overall difficulty in 2014 – brand-wide sales are down 4%. The Rio, which shares a platform with Hyundai’s better-selling Accent, is Canada’s second-ranked subcompact. More than one out of every five Kias are Rios. The next-best-selling Kia is the Sorento, down 8% to 10,663 units in the lead-up to the launch of a new Sorento early next year.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 0.5% to 13,483 – The Honda Accord is one of a few voices crying in the declining intermediate Canadian car market, sales of which are tumbling this year. Accord volume is up, albeit slightly, and the nameplate is on track for a six-year high.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 2.6% to 14,179 – Ford has already revealed the next Edge, but sales of the current model have increased as Ford Canada aggressively pushes out inventory of the Ontario-built crossover. The Edge plays in a weird position as a two-row vehicle with more space (and more cost) than the Escape, but less space than the three-row Explorer and Flex.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 13.0% to 14,508 – Last year’s best-selling midsize car has maintained its leadership position despite crumbling Canadian volume. (Fusion sales are up 6% to 240,585 units in the nine-times-larger U.S. new vehicle market.) The Fusion isn’t the only Ford car to struggle in 2014: sales of the Fiesta, Focus, Mustang, and Taurus have all decreased, as well.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 9.0% to 15,047 – The CX-5 is a massively important product in Mazda showrooms. It’s the only vehicle other than the 3 to achieve high Canadian sales. The 2, 6, MX-5, CX-9, and 5 together account for 16% of Mazda Canada volume. The CX-5 is Canada’s tenth-best-selling SUV/crossover through the first three-quarters of 2014.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 3.2% to 15,402 – The Equinox represents one-half of a General Motors tag team: GMC Terrain sales are up 1.5% to 9171 units this year. The Equinox is GM Canada’s third-best-selling model behind the Silverado and Cruze. Of the 27,129 SUVs and crossovers sold by Chevrolet in Canada in 2014, 57% have come from the Equinox corner of the showroom.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 96,382% to 16,402 – Like it or loathe it, the Cherokee is a popular vehicle at a popular brand. Jeep sales surged 140% in September as the Cherokee reported its fourth month above 2000 units since returning last fall. 24% of the Chrysler Group’s Canadian volume is Jeep-derived. Jeep gleans 30% of its volume from the Cherokee.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 14.5% to 17,882 – Ford is refreshing the Focus for the 2015 model year, but sales were declining long before Ford showed us images of the new car. On a year-over-year basis, Focus sales in Canada have decreased in 12 of the last 13 months.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 20.3% to 18,627 – One of the auto industry’s true remaining off-road vehicles, the Wrangler is the most popular vehicle from Canada’s fastest-growing volume auto brand. Wrangler volume declined 2% in 2013 following a record-setting year for the nameplate in 2012. 2014 appears to be the year in which a new Canadian Wrangler sales record is set.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 18.7% to 18,741 – Sales of Canada’s leading subcompact have increased dramatically in 2014, but we’re not yet back to the glory days of Accent sales. Hyundai Canada sold 29,751 Accents in 2008. They’re on pace for between 23,000 and 25,000 Accent sales in 2014.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 12.5% to 19,516 – Three years into the Journey’s tenure, Journey sales peaked at more than 29,000 units. But the aging Journey has declined in consecutive years since, and Dodge will struggle to see 25,000 Journey sales in 2014. Undeniably, the Journey continues to be a common new vehicle purchase in Canada, just not as common as it once was.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 4.6% to 21,157 – Combined with the Santa Fe XL, total Santa Fe sales are up 11% in 2014 to 24,981 units. The Santa Fe Sport itself has run into difficulties lately as it failed to match 2013’s sales pace in June, July, August, and September.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 76.6% to 22,288 – The Rogue is not just Nissan Canada’s best-selling model, it’s Nissan Canada’s best-selling model by a long shot. It sells nearly twice as often as the next-best-selling Sentra and accounts for 27% of Nissan brand sales in Canada.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 8.2% to 25,216 – The disease afflicting Volkswagen in America – sales are down 14% this year south of the border – has not made its way across the border. Volkswagen sales are surging as the brand’s best-seller, the Jetta, have risen by 1918 units so far this year. In September, as new Golf sales doubled to 2073 units, Jetta volume tumbled 21% to 2381 units. Volkswagen will take that, as total Golf/Jetta volume rose 10% to 4454 units, 70% of VW Canada’s September sales.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 3.4% to 25,861 – Like the better-selling Ford Escape and slightly better-selling Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V put up record sales in Canada in 2013. It will do so again in 2014.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 3.2% to 26,178 – GM Canada’s best-selling car is Canada’s fifth-best-selling car overall, a major player in the overall scheme of things. Cruze sales are healthy even with added competition in GM showrooms. Chevrolet has also sold 14,287 Sonics, Sparks, and Traxes this year.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 9.0% to 27,183 – RAV4 sales surged 33% in the third quarter of 2014, a result that helped push the Toyota past the Honda CR-V. The CR-V was second-ranked utility vehicle in Canada at the halfway mark, 650 sales ahead of the RAV4.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 9.2% to 31,757 – The launch of the latest GM pickup trucks didn’t produce the most exciting results at the start, but with a full head of steam on now, Silverado sales are on the up and up. Third-quarter Silverado volume jumped 30% compared with the same period one year earlier.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 9.3% to 33,016 – While the 3 has maintained a position near the top of the sales leaderboard for many years, the car hasn’t been as hugely successful in recent years as it was in, for instance, 2008, when more than 50,000 were sold. The 3 won’t get back to that level in 2014, either, but 3 sales should rise to a four-year high.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 3.2% to 36,342 – The Sierra, when combined with its twin lineup from Chevrolet, result in 68,099 pickup sales through nine months, still far less than the total achieved by Ford Canada’s F-Series, but good enough for second place on this list. GM markets their trucks under two banners, however, and thus lays claim to the tenth and eighth positions. Together, they own 27% of Canada’s pickup truck market.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 14.4% to 39,035 – Toyota’s best-selling model and Canada’s third-best-selling car is poised to make a run for the number two slot among passenger cars by year’s end. The Corolla actually grabbed the top spot in monthly terms back in April. The gap between the Toyota and Hyundai’s Elantra has decreased to just 1025 units, down from 2400 units at the end of July. The Corolla outsold the Elantra by 847 units in September.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: down 9.7% to 40,060 – Elantra sales have increased in five consecutive years but have now decreased in 11 of the last 13 months. The Elantra isn’t the freshest small car on the block, and maintaining record-setting sales increases isn’t an easy task in a stagnant car market.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 20.6% to 40,584 – Canada’s best-selling SUV (or crossover, or CUV, or utility vehicle, or whatever you choose to call it) has recorded five consecutive months with more than 5000 Canadian sales. In nine months, Ford Canada has already sold more Escapes than any other SUV or crossover will manage in the full calendar year.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 12.3% to 41,220 – Canada’s best-selling minivan generates 54% of the country’s minivan volume and 61% of full-size minivan volume. Together with the Chrysler Town & Country, the Grand Caravan’s upmarket twin, that latter figure rises to 73%. The Windsor-built vans generate 22% of Chrysler Group sales in Canada.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 8.0% to 51,936 – The Honda Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car in each of the last 16 years and has already secured its status as Canada’s best-selling car in 2014. It’s unlikely that any other car can attain the level of sales in twelve months that the Civic has in just nine months.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 5.5% to 66,675 – 2014 will be the fifth consecutive year in which Ram pickup truck sales have increased. Only 31,408 were sold in Canada in all of 2009. 27.6% of the full-size trucks sold in Canada this year have been Rams, up from 27.3% a year ago.
- September 2014 YTD Sales: up 0.3% to 97,223 – No other vehicle line operating in Canada has ever topped the 100,000-unit mark on an annual basis. 2014 will be the vast F-Series range’s third consecutive year with more than 100,000 Canadian sales. The core F-150 line will be completely replaced with a new aluminum-intensive model for model year 2015.