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.

April 2017 YTD Canada Passenger Car Sales Rankings - Top 145 Best-Selling Cars In Canada - Every Car Ranked

2015 Honda Fit EX
Canada's passenger car market took a 9% hit in April 2017 despite continued growth from the two top-selling cars in Canada.

The Honda Civic, on track to end 2017 as Canada's best-selling car for a 20th consecutive year, posted a 4% uptick in April and is up 17% – or 3113 units – so far this year.


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


Toyota Corolla volume rose 4% last month and is up by more than 2600 sales so far this year. The Civic and Corolla, both which hatchback variants that weren't part of the Civic/Corolla lines a year ago, account for one out of every five new vehicles sold in Canada. 


April 2017 YTD Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings - Top 276 Best-Selling Vehicles In Canada - Every Vehicle Ranked

2017 Ford F150 SuperCrew XLT 4x4
Each of Canada's 11 best-selling new vehicles has generated more Canadian sales in the first one-third of 2017 than in the same period one year ago.

From the Ford F-Series to the Ford Escape – with three other pickup trucks, a minivan, two cars, and three other utilities in between – the most popular vehicles in Canada produced 20,000 more new vehicle sales this year than last. 

That drove the market share of Canada's 11 most popular vehicles up to 37% in 2017 from the 34% figure achieved by the same vehicles one year ago.


Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - March 2017 YTD
Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2016 YTD


After a startling first-quarter in which Canada's auto industry began the year with more volume than any Q1 in history, growth stalled with a minor 2% drop in April 2017. Hardly the stuff of which a poor month is made, April 2017 was one of the highest-volume months in the history of the industry, just not as good as April 2016.