Sporty Car Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Audi R8 V10 blue
Despite a 26% year-over-year decline, the Ford Mustang still managed to outsell the rising Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro, combined, in April 2017. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


Canadian sales of the Mustang dropped to 1028 units, year-over-year, but that was still a distinctly better total than Ford Canada typically manages with the Mustang in April.

Meanwhile, GM and FCA combined for 919 Camaro/Challenger sales. 

Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Audi S4 red
Canadian sales of luxury cars are way up, or way down, depending who you ask. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Canada's most popular premium automobile, is on track for record annual sales after surging 50% through the first one-third of 2017. The Audi A4, newly launched last year, is up 51%. After a dreadful 2016, BMW 3-Series sales are recovering, up 6% this year. 

Small Car Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Chevrolet Cruze
Canadian sales of compact cars dipped 1% in the first one-third of 2017, a minor decline compared to the 5% drop across the passenger car sector as a whole.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


Buoyed by gains from top sellers in April 2017, Canadian sales of compact cars nevertheless fell 4% last month. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Chevrolet Cruze all reported improvements, but compact car volume was still down by more than 1300 units.

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class brown
Canadian sales of full-size flagship luxury SUVs jumped 16% in April 2017. As the Canadian auto industry took its first dip of the year, large luxury SUVs were boosted by gains at Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, and Mercedes-Benz.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, up 24% in April, posted a 42% year-over-year increase through the first one-third of 2017. The GLS is Canada's top-selling large luxury SUV.

Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Toyota Highlander
Canadian sales of midsize SUVs/crossovers fell 10% in April 2017 as the overall auto 
industry declined and overall SUV/crossover sales ticked up only slightly.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


Despite gains from top sellers such as the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, Canada's two best-selling three-ow vehicles, much of the growth in the industry's SUV/crossover sector last month didn't stem from these larger two and three-row utility vehicles but rather the core compacts: CR-V, Rogue, RAV4, Escape, Tucson. 

Large Luxury Car Sales In Canada - April 2017

2017 Porsche Panamera
Canadian sales of full-size luxury cars rose 5% in April 2017 despite a modest downturn across the industry. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


Boosted by a gain from the top-selling model, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, large luxury cars were also on the upswing because of a major uptick from the new Porsche Panamera. April 2017 was the best month ever for the Panamera both in the U.S. and in Canada.

Large Car Sales In Canada - April 2017

2016 Dodge Charger Daytona 392
Canadian sales of full-size cars plunged 28% in April 2017, a drastic drop worth nearly 800 fewer sales last month than in April 2016. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


From top sellers such as the Dodge Charger to lower-tier players like the Kia Cadenza, every nameplate in the category generated fewer Canadian sales in April 2017 than in April 2016.

April 2017 YTD Canada SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 100 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada - Every SUV Ranked

2017 Ford Escape red
Canadian sales of SUVs and crossovers are up 6% this year but grew only marginally, by less than 1 percent, in April 2017.

Granted, the industry as a whole reported a year-over-year sales decline in April. Excluding SUVs/crossovers, Canadian new vehicle sales volume was down 3% last month. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2017 YTD
Canada Passenger Car Sales By Model - April 2017 YTD


Fortunately, automotive dealers have higher-profit SUVs and crossovers to sell. The category now accounts for 40.2% of all Canadian new vehicle sales, compared with 31.5% for cars. And of the 249,000 utility vehicles sold in Canada so far this year, more than a quarter of have been top sellers: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, and Hyundai Tucson.