Canada’s auto industry is selling vehicles at a record-setting pace, but almost half of the 30 top sellers are selling less often this year than they did a year ago. There are five Fords in the top 30, five Chrysler Canada products, and four GM vehicles. The biggest change compared with the same list one from year ago involves the Jeep Cherokee, which wasn’t on the market last summer.
The leader is sliding, yet its lead is strong
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#30: Nissan Sentra
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#29: Kia Rio
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#27: Toyota Camry
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#26: Honda Accord
Ford Edge" />
#25: Ford Edge
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#24: Mazda CX-5
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#23: Ford Fusion
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#22: Jeep Cherokee
Chevrolet Equinox" />
#21: Chevrolet Equinox
Hyundai Accent" />
#20: Hyundai Accent
Jeep Wrangler" />
#19: Jeep Wrangler
Ford Focus" />
#18: Ford Focus
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#17: Dodge Journey
Nissan Rogue" />
#16: Nissan Rogue
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Toyota RAV4" />
#14: Toyota RAV4
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#13: Volkswagen Jetta
Honda CR-V" />
#12: Honda CR-V
Chevrolet Cruze" />
#11: Chevrolet Cruze
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#10: Chevrolet Silverado
Mazda 3" />
#9: Mazda 3
GMC Sierra" />
#8: GMC Sierra
Ford Escape" />
#7: Ford Escape
Toyota Corolla" />
#6: Toyota Corolla
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Hyundai Elantra" />
#4: Hyundai Elantra
Honda Civic" />
#3: Honda Civic
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#2: Ram P/U
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#1: Ford F-Series
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 5.1% to 7626 – Sentra sales have decreased by 406 units in 2014, and it’s hard not to think that the roomy Versa’s significant rise hasn’t played into the Sentra’s decline. The Sentra was Canada’s 28th-best-selling vehicle at this time a year ago. It currently ranks as the eighth-best-selling car in its own hard-fought compact segment.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 9.2% to 7682 – In 2013, the Rio was often seen fighting its fraternal twin, Hyundai’s Accent, for top spot in the subcompact category. But as Accent sales have risen in 2014, and as Nissan’s Versa has surged, the Rio has fallen back somewhat. It’s still Kia Canada’s best-selling model, 731 units ahead of the Sorento. At this time last year, the Rio was Canada’s 26th-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 74.0% to 7977 – The Versa Note hatchback has been a huge addition to the Nissan car division. The Versa family, Sentra, and new Micra combined for 43% of the Nissan brand’s June sales. At the halfway mark in 2013, the Versa was Canada’s 53rd-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 12.8% to 8026 – Set to be replaced later this year by a Camry that’s already been revealed, the Camry is failing to match last year’s pace in as it ages. Camry Hybrid volume is down 17% to 1397 units this year, forming 17% of the Camry’s total sales, down from 18% a year ago. Through the first half of 2013, the Camry was Canada’s 22nd-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 1.8% to 8860 – Midsize cars simply don’t generate the kind of market share in Canada that they once did. After attracting a lot of attention when it was very new last year, the Accord has, not surprisingly, fallen back somewhat in 2014. The Accord was Canada’s 24th-best-selling vehicle at this stage last year – sales have fallen by 162 units compared with the 9022 sold during the first six months of 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 0.9% to 9098 – The Edge has steadily grown more popular since the model was introduced in late 2006, rising to record highs in 2012. Old age has caught up with the Edge, however, and sales declined in 2013 and are falling further in 2014. For a vehicle that sits in Ford’s lineup between the famed Explorer and the Escape, Canada’s top-selling utility vehicle, the Edge has performed remarkably well, and a replacement has already been shown. It was Canada’s 23rd-best-selling vehicle a year ago at this time.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 10.2% to 9409 – The CX-5 has been on sale in Canada for 29 months, and during the 17 in which it could record year-over-year improvements, it has done so with almost consistency, falling only once (6% in March 2014). The CX-5 is responsible for 26% of Mazda Canada’s volume. It was Canada’s 25th-best-selling vehicle through the first half of 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 13.5% to 9777 – Canada’s best-selling car in 2013 is Canada’s best-selling car in 2014. Despite a severe decline of over 1500 units over just six months, the Fusion remains more than 900 sales ahead of the second-ranked Honda Accord. Ford brand car sales are down 10% in 2014. The Fusion was Canada’s 18th-best-selling vehicle heading into July of last year.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: 10,279 – A large number of Jeep enthusiasts, automotive analysts, and prospective small crossover owners were concerned when they first spotted the new Cherokee’s front end. Yet a very large number of buyers have either overlooked the unique headlight treatment or taken a liking to the bent grille. The Cherokee has already attracted more buyers over the last six months than the Liberty (the vehicle it replaced) managed to attract in any of the full calendar years between 2007 and the end of its tenure.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 5.8% to 10,648 – The Equinox is both a symbol of GM’s strength in crisis – sales are rising, and it’s not as though the Equinox is the newest block of cheese on the shelf – and the calamity that could ensue if GM buyers turn away from the recall-burdened brand. Equinox volume fell 40% during the month of June specifically, a loss of nearly 1000 units from one model in one month. The Equinox has held onto its 21st-place ranking from the June 2013 YTD results.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 11.7% to 11,445 – Accent sales in 2013 fell to a seven-year low, but it still managed to lead all subcompacts. The Accent has been on the mend in early 2014, and it’s still leading its category. The Accent was Canada’s 19th-best-selling vehicle through the first half of 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 12.9% to 11,476 – The addition of a four-door Wrangler helped sales of this iconic offroader balloon. But after record sales in 2012, 2013 volume declined, albeit slightly. 2014’s first-half pace suggests sales will easily rise above 20,000 units by year’s end for the first time. The Wrangler was Canada’s 20th-best-selling vehicle at this point a year ago, having now traded places with the Hyundai Accent.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 12.2% to 11,789 – Based on the Focus’s results over the last six months, year end Focus volume is expected to fall to a four or five-year low in 2014. Ford will offer an updated, facelifted Focus for MY2015, but will that be enough to undo this downward trend? Focus sales have decreased in nine of the last ten months. One year ago, the Focus was Canada’s 16th-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 11.1% to 12,532 – Dodge’s Journey is in its seventh year, having been up-engined but never thoroughly updated or re-engineered. Sales have fallen in each of the last two years and are likely to decline more sharply in 2014. The Journey ranked 15th in new vehicle sales at the halfway mark of 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 73.2% to 13,887 – Over the span of six months, Nissan Canada has sold 5870 more Rogues than they did during the first six months of 2013, a clear sign of the rapid improvement a nameplate can achieve when a new model replaces an antiquated one. A year ago, the Rogue barely slotted into the top 30 as Canada’s 29th-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 10.7% to 14,066 – In the United States, Hyundai combines sales figures of its two Santa Fes, the smaller Sport and the larger model they simply call the Santa Fe. In Canada, the Sport and larger XL combined for a 21% year-over-year increase to 16,605 first half sales, good enough for the 13th position on this list. The Santa Fe Sport was Canada’s 17th-best-selling vehicle at this point in 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 3.2% to 16,124 – Toyota Canada sold RAV4s at a prodigious pace when the latest model was introduced early last year. That pace hasn’t been matched in 2014, but that’s not to say the RAV4 is selling poorly, or even that demand has declined. (There was a measure of pent-up demand leading up to the RAV4’s intro in 2013.) The RAV4 was Canada’s 11th-best-selling vehicle at the halfway mark one year ago.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 7.9% to 16,439 – While Volkswagen dealers have anxiously awaited the arrival of a new Golf to shore up the brand’s small car efforts, they’ve successfully relied on the Jetta to steady sales. The Jetta accounted for 54% of VW Canada’s volume in the first half of 2014. In the first half of 2013, the Jetta was Canada’s 14th-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 1.2% to 16,774 – Honda sold a record number of CR-Vs both in the U.S. and Canada in 2013. It’s America’s favourite utility vehicle, and though it trails the category-leading Ford Escape by a large margin in Canada, the CR-V is on pace for another record-breaking performance in 2014. As it has been this year, the CR-V was Canada’s 12th-best-selling vehicle through the first six months of last year.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 5.6% to 17,335 – The Cruze has undeniably been a success for General Motors, not just in terms of outright sales but in elevating GM’s small car image. With a facelifted 2015 model, can it succeed in the midst of GM turmoil? It’s done well so far this year. One year ago, it was Canada’s 13th-best-selling vehicle.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 1.2% to 19,039 – The introduction of a new Silverado has not provided a sales boost for Chevrolet. In fact, volume has declined slightly. Interestingly, however, the most popular Silvderado bodystyle, the crew cab, is up 4% this year. Regular cab models account for less than 8% of Silverado sales in Canada. At this stage in 2013, the Silverado was Canada’s tenth-best-selling vehicle line, as it is now.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 7.7% to 20,831 – Those expecting a massive year-over-year sales increase for the 3 after all the awards it has won and rave reviews it has received would be disappointed by the 1484 extra sales generated in 2014. But the 3 performed especially well in 2014’s second quarter, rising 20% after a first quarter in which 3 sales fell 6%. So far this year, the Mazda 3 has held on to its ninth-place ranking from the first half of 2013.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 6.3% to 22,032 – Somewhat unpredictably, Sierra volume has decreased notably in 2014, falling by nearly 1500 units compared with the first half of 2013. As at Chevrolet with the Colorado, the GMC brand should see some overall pickup truck sales improvements when the new Canyon arrives in showrooms. After the first six months of 2013, the Sierra was Canada’s sixth-best-selling vehicle line.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 17.9% to 25,318 – The Escape routinely leads the SUV/crossover sales leaderboard in Canada, faltering not once in 2014. It accounts for 18% of the Ford brand’s Canadian sales; 31% of Ford’s non-F-Series sales in Canada. The Escape ranked eighth in new vehicle sales in Canada at this stage a year ago.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 16.3% to 25,545 – In April, the Corolla was Canada’s best-selling car, 939 units ahead of the Hyundai Elantra; 977 units ahead of the Honda Civic. Among the group of Canada’s 11 best-selling cars, no model has posted as great an improvement as the Corolla throughout the first half of 2014. The Corolla has moved up one spot from the seventh position at this time a year ago.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 11.9% to 26,555 – After three consecutive years of declining Canadian sales, Grand Caravan volume should rise to a three or four-year high in 2014. More than half the minivans sold in Canada are Grand Caravans, and it accounts for 18% of the volume at Canada’s top-selling overall manufacturer. The Grand Caravan has held on to its 2013 first half fifth-place ranking in 2014.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 6.7% to 26,936 – A year ago, Elantra sales were on the rise and no car had collected as many sales over the previous six months than the Hyundai compact. Elantra sales, however, decreased in nine consecutive months before June’s 9% jump, and though sales are high, they’re not as high. The Elantra ranked third in new vehicle sales at the end of 2013’s first half.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 7.5% to 30,696 – Though often in danger of losing its crown, with challenges from the previous-generation Mazda 3 or last year’s tough first-half fight with the Hyundai Elantra, the Civic always pulls through. 2014 appears on track to be Honda Canada’s 17th consecutive year with the Civic atop the passenger car sales leaderboard. The Civic ranked fourth among new vehicles at this point one year ago.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: up 4.8% to 43,926 – The Ram pickup truck line is a competitor in Canada’s hotly contested full-size pickup truck market. Sales of the Ram’s three top-selling competitors – F-Series, Sierra, Silverado – have declined in 2014. The Ram’s market share in the full-size truck category shot up from 27.8% in the first half of 2013 to 29.1% this year. As it is now, the Ram was Canada’s second-best-selling vehicle line at this time last year.
- June 2014 YTD Sales: down 3.8% to 59,350 – Leading up to the F-150’s replacement later this year, F-Series sales have predictably declined. Its lead over the second-ranked Ram is all the more astonishing given that Ram sales are rising almost as fast as F-Series sales are falling. The F-Series has been Canada’s best-selling vehicle in each of the last six months, just as it was in each of the first six months of 2013.