Some automakers field a vast lineup of vehicles but end up producing the bulk of their sales with one vehicle—these are the best-sellers at every auto brand in Canada in 2017
Jaguar F-Pace | 57%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +146% to 2,247 – Brand saviour? More than anything, the Jaguar F-Pace will be remembered as the SUV that stepped in and shoved Jaguar back into the luxury conversation. Just two years ago, the whole 2015 calendar year saw only 1,296 total Jaguar sales. Besides cars, the F-Pace on its own has already produced 2,247 sales in just the first ten months of 2017.
Volvo XC90 | 38%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -10% to 2,190 – Of all the vehicles on this list that may stand in fear of losing their respective brand’s best-seller status, the Volvo XC90 is the one in most danger. Volvo has finally released the second-generation XC60, and it’s already proving far more popular than the larger XC90. In October, for instance, the XC90 accounted for 30 percent (not 38 percent) of Volvo’s Canadian volume while the XC60 gleaned 49 percent of the brand’s sales.
MINI Cooper | 77%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -10% to 4,546 – Although sales of BMW’s MINI Cooper lineup, which encompasses four bodystyles, are slowing, the rise of the second-generation MINI Countryman has helped the brand locate a 3-percent year-over-year total sales increase so far this year. Countryman sales have more than doubled, driving its share of MINI’s volume up from 11 percent at this stage of 2016 to 23 percent in 2017.
Porsche Macan | 45%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +32% to 3,066 – While Porsche Canada is reporting more sales of the iconic 911 than ever before, it can’t be denied that the real breadwinners are Porsche’s SUVs. The Cayenne has slowed, with a replacement due next year. But Porsche Macan sales are still rising, jumping 32 percent to 3,066 units in 2017’s first ten months, or 49-percent more sales than the entire Porsche car range.
Lincoln MKX | 41%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -6% to 2,873 – There was no doubt that in this country at this time, the new Lincoln Continental was not going to become a high-volume car. Only 28 Continentals were sold in October 2017, for instance, down 46 percent from October 2016’s total. That means the Lincoln MKX and its utility vehicle cohorts, which have collectively produced a 5-percent sales drop in 2017, are forced to carry the load.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport | 31%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -4% to 2,341 – As Land Rover unveils new model after new model, the emphasis placed on some of the brand’s older nameplates inevitably decreases. This Land Rover Range Rover Sport, for instance, is now helped out by the Range Rover Velar, which in October sold very nearly as often as the Range Rover Sport. One thing is sure, the Land Rover brand’s Range Rover sub-brand is of paramount importance, accounting for seven-in-ten Land Rover sales so far this year.
Infiniti QX60 | 37%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +12% to 3,897 – Year after year after year, sales of Infiniti’s Nissan Pathfinder-based three-row crossover attracts more and more and more Canadian buyers. 2017 is projected to be the best year yet for the Infiniti QX60. It’s a good thing, too, because sales elsewhere in the Infiniti lineup (Q50, Q70, QX50, QX70, QX80) are falling.
Cadillac XT5 | 50%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +203% to 5,722 – As Cadillac joins rival brands in watching car buyers disappear or migrate, the Escalade and Cadillac XT5 are tasked with filling in the gaps. The XT5, a replacement for the SRX, has grown Cadillac’s crossover volume by 36 percent so far this year, and it now accounts for half of the brand’s volume.
Chrysler Pacifica | 44%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +166% to 5,106 – There’s not much left of the Chrysler brand, but that which does remain holds meaningful appeal. The Chrysler 300 full-size sedan is up 17 percent to 3,714 units this year. And the Chrysler Pacifica, a replacement for the Town & Country, has grown the brand’s minivan volume by 7 percent through 2017’s first ten months.
Buick Encore | 48%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +70% to 7,830 – Through the first ten months of 2017, Buick’s passenger car sales have plunged 62 percent, an outrageous loss. Yet total Buick sales have risen 3 percent for two reasons: the Envision that wasn’t on sale for much of 2016 is increasingly popular, and the Buick Encore has taken off like it’s been shot out of a cannon. Crossovers now form 82 percent of Buick Canada sales.
Acura RDX | 39%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -3% to 6,508 – Acura is a crossover brand, of that there can be no doubt. Sales of the RLX are basically nonexistent. The ILX is down 14 percent this year. Revamped for 2018, the TLX has posted marginal gains. But it’s the Acura MDX and this Acura RDX that power the brand forward, accounting for more than twice as many sales as Acura’s car lineup.
Mitsubishi Outlander | 32%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +19% to 6,298 – Persistently updated just enough to keep modest demand alive, the Mitsubishi Outlander is now the brand’s best seller, having taken over from the dying Mitsubishi Lancer. Outlander sales in 2017 are expected to top 7,500 units for the first time since 2010.
Lexus RX | 37%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +17% to 7,977 – Still the alpha dog at Lexus, the Lexus RX is no longer required to carry all of Lexus’ water in Canada. Helped by the Lexus NX, sales of which rose 22 percent to 6,380 units in 2017’s first ten months, SUVs/crossovers now account for nearly three-quarters of Lexus sales in Canada.
Audi Q5 | 28%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: 27% to 8,791 – As Audi sneaks ever closer to catching BMW in Canada’s luxury auto sales race, the Audi Q5 is offered up as evidence of the four-ringed brand’s huge popularity surge. The Q5 is Canada’s top-selling premium brand SUV/crossover, and 2017 is already the Q5’s eighth consecutive year of growth. Audi sold more Q5s in the first ten months of 2017 than in all of 2016, when Q5 sales had risen to an all-time record.
BMW 3 Series | 20%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +0.2% to 6,474 – Although BMW’s five-pronged SAV lineup is forming a greater share of BMW’s sales than ever before, 55 percent so far this year, the BMW 3 Series is still the brand’s best-selling model, accounting for one-fifth of all sales. The next-best-selling BMW in Canada is the much more costly X5, sales of which are up 3 percent to 5,847 units so far this year.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class | 22%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +17% to 9,442 – Canada’s best-selling premium brand model, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, is naturally the best-selling model at Canada’s best-selling premium brand. The C-Class has bucked Canada’s anti-car trend with fast-rising sales. C-Class sales are projected to top 10K for the first time since 2012.
Subaru Forester | 25%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +1% to 11,329 – Among mainstream volume brands, only Kia relies less upon its best seller than Subaru. The Subaru Forester shares the Subaru workload with the Outback (9,717 sales so far this year), Impreza (9,213), and Crosstrek (8,868). Combined, those four models account for nearly nine out of every ten Subaru Canada sales.
Volkswagen Golf | 36%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +22% to 21,199 – As Volkswagen seeks to generate an ever-greater share of its sales with SUVs such as the new Atlas and second-generation Tiguan, the Volkswagen Golf remains the brand’s best-selling model line by a long shot. More than one-third of all Volkswagen Canada sales stem from the Golf, which includes unique wagon variants and two performance iterations besides the conventional hatchback.
Jeep Cherokee | 34%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -27% to 19,843 – Don’t look for Jeep’s volume to continue to slide in 2018 once the new Wrangler and second-generation Compass are fully on stream. But for now, the company’s best-selling model has lost all momentum. Jeep Cherokee sales are down by more than a quarter so far this year.
Mazda 3 | 38%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +3% to 24,249 – Relative to last year’s very poor results, the Mazda 3’s 3-percent turnaround in 2017 is a welcome achievement for Mazda’s most popular model. Close behind is the Mazda CX-5, which generates another 34 percent of the brand’s sales, leaving scraps for lower-volume models such as the 6 and Miata.
Kia Forte | 22%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +36% to 14,558 – Although the Kia Forte earns the top position, there are essentially four Kias that dominate the brand’s sales charts. The Forte, Sorento, Sportage, and Soul sell in similar numbers, and the quartet brings in three-quarters of all Kia Canada volume.
Dodge Grand Caravan | 61%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -10% to 39,947 – Although its future remains uncertain and production limitations are currently limiting sales (October volume was down 11 percent) the Dodge Grand Caravan continues to be FCA Canada’s second-best-selling model. It’s also the primary force at the Dodge brand, where the Avenger and Dart have been discontinued.
GMC Sierra | 63%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +24% to 53,625 – Through the first ten months of 2017, sales at General Motors Canada have risen 18 percent, triple the growth rate of the industry at large. A healthy chunk of that growth has been fuelled by the company’s best-selling model. GMC Sierra sales are 10,248-units stronger at this stage of 2017 than they were in 2016.
Ram P/U | 95%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +13% to 86,482 – With only two low-volume commercial vans alongside, the vast Ram P/U network generates almost all sales at the Dodge spin-off. Ram truck sales are on track to rise above 100,000 units in 2017 for the first time ever.
Hyundai Elantra | 36%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: -7% to 40,402 – As the range once again expands with the handsome and refined hatchback, expect the Hyundai Elantra to recoup some of the losses accrued in the first portion of 2017. In October, for example, total Elantra sales rose 23 percent to 3,725 units.
Nissan Rogue | 32%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +10% to 36,663 – With the dawn of the Nissan Qashqai, which is essentially a smaller and more affordable Nissan Rogue, Nissan’s best-selling model will now be less relied upon to produce such a large chunk of Nissan’s Canadian volume. In October, the duo formed 45 percent of Nissan sales, more than the car and pickup lineups combined.
Chevrolet Silverado | 35%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +33% to 50,873 – As pickup trucks increasingly become one of the primary forces behind the Canadian automotive industry’s record selling rate, Canada’s fourth-ranked pickup truck nameplate is an increasingly vital component at the Bowtie brand. The Chevrolet Silverado now accounts for one-third of all Chevrolet sales in Canada, more than the entire Chevrolet passenger car range put together.
Honda Civic | 40%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +11% to 62,828 – Canada’s best-selling car in each of the last 19 years will end 2017 as Canada’s best-selling car as well. And despite the popularity of the CR-V and Accord, leaders in their respective segments, the Honda Civic’s supreme Canadian popularity allows the compact Honda sedan/coupe/hatch lineup to account for four out of every ten Honda sales in Canada.
Toyota Corolla | 26%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +13% to 45,481 – After taking a one-year hiatus – the Toyota RAV4 was Toyota’s best-selling vehicle last year — Canadian sales of the Toyota Corolla have surged in 2017 for two reasons. One, the vehicle formerly known as the Scion iM is now the Toyota Corolla iM, expanding the range. But sales of the Corolla sedan have also risen 2 percent so far this year, a notable achievement in an anti-car market.
Ford F-Series | 51%
– October 2017 YTD Sales: +8% to 133,627 – As the Ford Motor Company cruises toward an end-of-year result as Canada’s best-selling automaker, its namesake For brand has generated more than half of its sales with the F-Series line of pickup trucks. With two months remaining on the calendar, Ford Canada is on track to sell more than 150,000 pickup trucks in 2017.
In an auto market that continues to surge well ahead of 2016’s record pace, many automakers are becoming increasingly high-volume brands because of the success of one model line. At Canada’s top-selling auto brand, for example, the company’s best-selling model now accounts for more than half of the brand’s sales.
To understand just how important individual models are to auto brands in Canada, we’ve compiled this list of the best-selling vehicles at every brand, noting the share of the brand’s total volume produced by the respective best sellers.