After record Canadian auto sales in five consecutive years, ending with a record 2 million sales in calendar year 2017, 2018 is projected to produce a mild slowdown. Except, through the first one-sixth of 2018, Canadian auto sales are ahead of last year’s record-setting pace by 4 percent. Light trucks – which encompass pickups, SUVs, crossovers, and vans – are actually up by more than 7 percent, year-over-year, a gain of some 12,000 sales over the course of January and February.

Which brands are causing the bulk of the growth? Not all of them, as Dodge, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Ram are among the auto brands that aren’t selling as many new vehicles in 2018 as they did at this point in 2017.