Audi A3 Easily Outsells Mercedes-Benz CLA In The United States

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There's little argument that the CLA has been and will be a relative global success for Mercedes-Benz, but U.S. sales declined (on a month-to-month basis) in November 2013 and the seven subsequent months, rising only slightly to 1658 in June 2014. 

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• June 2014 U.S. Luxury Car Sales Results
All Autos Ranked By June 2014 YTD U.S. Sales

4895 CLAs were sold in October 2013, its first full month of availability, thanks to some pent-up demand. But as the Q2 results in this chart show, the CLA took another hit when the Audi A3 became readily available; when the BMW 2-Series became more common, as well. (All inventory results in the third tab come from

The CLA has also enjoyed favourable timing in Mercedes-Benz's own U.S. showrooms, thanks to the demise of the current C-Class. Yet soon, Mercedes-Benz clientele may look on the C-Class in an altogether more favourable light. 

Small SUV Sales In Canada - June 2014 YTD

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In June 2014, Ford Canada reported its best Escape sales month in precisely four years. 5908 Escapes were sold last month, more than twice as many sales as the next-best-selling Honda CR-V achieved. Sales of the Escape, Canada's best-selling utility vehicle, reached record highs in calendar year 2013. The Escape is on pace for more than 50,000 sales in 2014. 

• Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - June 2014 YTD
• Canada SUV & Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - June 2014 YTD

Canada small SUV sales chart June 2014
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The Escape was also Canada's best-selling SUV ten years ago. But in 2004, that only meant 20,360 were sold. The market has changed, and in just six months, Ford has already sold more than 25,000 Escapes this year. 

Numerous other utility vehicles are on pace to top that 20K sales mark in Canada this year, from the Chevrolet Equinox (which stumbled mightily along with GM Canada as a whole in June) to the Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4. 

Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - June 2014 YTD

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June 2014 was a dreadful month for General Motors in Canada. Year-over-year, total sales fell 15%. GM was outsold by the Ford Motor Company, the Chrysler Group, and the Hyundai-Kia tandem. In the four previous Junes, GM Canada had averaged 25,276 sales. But in June of this year, only 21,007 GM vehicles were sold. 

• Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - June 2014 YTD
• Canada SUV & Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - June 2014 YTD

Canada midsize SUV sales chart June 2014
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GM's Lambda platform trio of large, three-row crossovers is a shining example of the June decline. Although Buick Enclave sales were up 7% through the first five months of the year, sales fell 37% in June. 

Chevrolet Traverse sales were nearly chopped in half last month. GMC Acadia volume slid 31%. Not to mention the fact that Saturn didn't sell a single Outlook. *Gasp*

It's not as though Canadians weren't buying big crossovers in June. Extract the Acadia, Enclave, and Traverse from the equation and sales in their category improved 4%. 

We don't know if Canadian consumers have suddenly turned away from GM because of the company's self-inflicted recall crisis. GM wasn't the only automaker to report fewer sales in June 2014 than in June 2013 - Hyundai and Kia sales were down 6%. Nor were the trio of Lambda crossovers the only ones in their class to record losses: sales of the Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Hyundai Santa Fe XL decreased as well.