Let’s say, for instance, after excluding the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento from the equation – they’re inexpensive but not really small at all – and removing the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke because you don’t feel they qualify as anything more than cars, you still have 24,832 small SUV sales in Canada from June 2011. Now, with nearly 25,000 small utility vehicle sales there’s one for every 1390 Canadian residents. Small SUVs were sold at a rate faster than every two minutes last month, and that includes all the minutes car dealerships weren’t open, too. For every Tim Hortons coffee shop in Canada, eight June 2011-registered small SUVs were ready to enter the drive-thru.
Leading the pack, as usual, was the Ford Escape, with 23% of those sales. The Chevrolet Equinox ranked second, but a General Motors combo including the GMC Terrain would have placed GM even closer to the Escape with 4213 sales between them. No small SUV or crossover posted a greater year-over-year gain the Kia Sportage, up 200% to 778. No decline was worse than the dying Honda Element’s 62% plunge, although the Suzuki Grand Vitara’s 50% drop is pretty awful.
Small SUV sales statistics for Canada in June 2011 are in the chart below. Keep on scrolling for data on midsize and large sport-utility vehicles and crossovers.
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