Small SUV Sales In Canada - July 2016 YTD

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As Canadian auto sales growth ground to a halt and new vehicle sales volume slid nearly 3% in July 2016, sales of the Toyota RAV4-led small SUV/crossover category jumped 13%. 

That rate of expansion is faster than the category's growth rate in the first-half of 2016. Much of the credit goes to July's leader, the Honda CR-V, sales of which jumped 53% to 5012 units, an all-time monthly Canadian sales record for the CR-V during the same month in which American Honda, with 36,017 sales, broke the automaker's 11-month-old all-time monthly U.S. CR-V sales record


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


The Toyota RAV4, meanwhile, produced 4540 Canadian sales in July 2016, enough to hold steady with a 3875-unit margin over the Ford Escape, Canada's second-ranked utility vehicle through the first seven months of 2016.

Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - July 2016 YTD

A 40% year-over-year Canadian July 2016 sales increase propelled the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class back into top spot among luxury SUVs and crossovers through the fist seven months of 2016.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Through the end of July, the GLE, Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and Acura RDX have all reported more than 4000 Canadian sales.

While the GLE (formerly known as the ML), Q5, RX, and RDX are highly established nameplates, newer models are quickly making progress. 

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - July 2016 YTD

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Canadian sales of the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV ballooned 66% to 201 units in July 2016, a significant leap which propelled the Escalade past the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class for a second consecutive month.


Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Year-to-date, total Escalade volume is up 20% with 36% of the nameplate's total volume stemming from the long-wheelbase ESV variant. In other words, the Cadillac Escalade ESV's 518 January-July sales trounces the totals achieved by the Lexus LX570, Lincoln Navigator (including its long-wheelbase variant), and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Midsize SUV Sales In Canada - July 2016 YTD

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Midst Canada's continued SUV/crossover sales surge, a large number of larger mainstream three-row crossovers posted sharp declines in July 2016.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Two of GM's Lambda-platform members, the Buick Enclave and in-replacement-phase GMC Acadia, combined to lose 578 July sales. Ford Explorer volume tumbled 31%, a 642-unit drop, making the Explorer's year-to-date tally only slightly north of level. The Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder reported measurable declines in July, as well. 

July 2016 YTD Canada SUV And Crossover Sales Rankings - Top 99 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada - Every SUV Ranked

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Canadian sales of SUVs and crossovers continued their explosive growth even as the industry faced an unusual slowdown in July 2016.

Canadian auto sales slid 2.5% in July, but sales of utility vehicles rose 4%, a gain of 2380 units. 


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Admittedly, much of that growth was produced by a handful of the most popular SUVs/crossovers in Canada. The Honda CR-V, Canada's most popular utility vehicle in July, increased its total by 1732 units compared with July 2016. Sales of the Toyota RAV4, Canada's top-selling utility vehicle so far this year, jumped by 1253 units.

July 2016 YTD Canada Passenger Car Sales Rankings - Top 143 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - Every Car Ranked

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The Hyundai Elantra unseated the Honda Civic as Canada's best-selling car in July 2016. 

But only temporarily. The Civic, Canada's best-selling car in each of the last 18 years, is 7432 sales ahead of the Elantra in Honda Canada's quest to make 2016 the 19th consecutive year on top.


Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - July 2016 YTD
Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Through the first seven months of 2016, the Civic and Elantra are three of the top 10 cars and seven of the top 20 that are selling more often in 2016 than in 2015. 


July 2016 YTD Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings - Top 273 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada - Every Vehicle Ranked

Canadian new vehicle sales growth slowed in July 2016, but this was still the best first-seven-months ever for the auto industry in Canada.

July volume slid nearly 3%, a loss of 4500 sales due largely to an 11% drop in passenger car sales. Canada's top-selling car, for instance, the Honda Civic, lost 16% of its July volume. 


Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings - July 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings - July 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Pickup trucks continued at a healthier-than-average pace, however, because of the strength of Canada's top-selling vehicle line, the Ford F-Series, and expanding midsize pickup truck sales. Honda's new Ridgeline is only just becoming available at dealers across Canada.


Small And Midsize Luxury Car Sales In Canada - July 2016 YTD

Big passenger car sales gains at Mercedes-Benz and Audi in July 2016 flew in the face of Canadian trends which point away from traditional cars toward premium SUVs and crossovers.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD
Canada Car Sales Rankings By Model - July 2016 YTD


Audi's thoroughly established A3 posted a hugely significant 45% year-over-year July 2016 sales improvement. The A3 now trails its most direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA, by 142 units heading into August.

The A3's big brother, Audi's transitioning A4, posted a 20% gain to 467 units. Its Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival, the top-selling premium brand automobile in Canada, reported a 17% uptick to 888 units in July.