GCBC's Most Popular Auto Sales Figures - October 2014

2015 Acura TLX
No vehicle-specific sales tracking page at GoodCarBadCar generated more attraction in October 2014 than the page belonging to the Acura TLX, a replacement for the TL and TSX. American Honda sold 2286 TLXs in August; another 3884 in September.

Second place? The Ford F-Series, America's best-selling vehicle lineup.

In this post you'll also find the most commonly read September 2014-related sales articles at GCBC over the last month and the most frequently viewed GCBC Driven reviews, as well. No review was read more often than our take on the new Subaru Outback. Readers check out the complete monthly U.S. brand-by-brand results more often than any other article.

Annual Canadian Minivan Sales: 2004-2014

Canadians are buying more minivans in 2014 than in the doldrums of 2013 - a record-setting year for the industry as a whole - but the trend continues to point to lackluster interest in these extraordinary family vehicles.

Minivan Sales In Canada - September 2014 YTD
All Vehicle Makes & Models Ranked By September 2014 YTD Canadian Sales

This interactive chart (hover over the line for more detail) shows nearly 185,000 minivan sales in calendar year 2004. It's unlikely more than 100,000 will be sold in 2014, which could still be the best minivan sales year since 2008. (A slower fourth-quarter could mean 2014 won't match up to 2012 in total minivan volume, or 2009's 99,241-unit pace.)

Canadians are, however, more interested in minivans than their American neighbours. 5.4% of the new vehicles sold in Canada this year have been MPVs, including two products (Chevrolet Orlando and Kia Rondo) which Americans can't buy. 

The U.S. market relies on minivans for just 3.4% of total auto sales. Even with the Orlando and Rondo excluded, sliding door vehicles still account for 4.7% of Canadian new vehicle volume. U.S. minivan sales are up 6% to 427,876 units in 2014.

2015 Chrysler 200S AWD Review - You Could Have Made Me Better

2015 Chrysler 200S AWD blue
I just spent a week with the all-new, all-wheel-drive 2015 Chrysler 200 S. It was one of Chrysler Canada’s press cars, priced at $38,815.

Yes, $38,815. And that’s not the top of the range. I know this because there are three conspicuous, dare I say ostentatious, blanked-out switches placed on the steering wheel, an owner’s most frequent touch point.

• Cabin layout

• Lots of power
• Big trunk
• Tasty styling
• You won't pay this much
• 9-speed isn't fully baked
• It's a very heavy car
• Rear seat isn't that big
• Interior mish-mash
• Major league price tag

The steering wheel is what you grasp for the duration of your 35-minute commute each morning after you’re done grasping a toothbrush, a spouse, a child, a bagel, and a set of keys. It’s an intimate connection, even private.

You don’t allow anybody else to hold your toothbrush, your bagel, your spouse, or your child first thing in the morning. Similarly, you don’t hand your keys off to a random acquaintance and say, “Yeah, take’er out for a rip.”

You know the stitching of the heated steering wheel’s leather. You know how to find the big cruise control buttons without looking. You and the steering wheel share secrets, like the location of volume controls on the back of the middle spoke. The Bluetooth hang-up button, well, it doth fall readily to thy hand.

Yet all the while, the steering wheel in this rather costly Chrysler 200 tells you, nay, it screams at you: “I could have been better! You could have made me better! Am I not worth it? Did you need to order an unfulfilled version of myself?” And all the while, you’re left to stare at three pieces of glaring evidence every single day. After dropping $38,815 on a Chrysler 200, you’re still $2350 shy of possessing a fully equipped Chrysler 200.

Oh, who are we kidding? You didn’t spend $38,815 on a new Chrysler 200.