Of the 8338 minivans acquired in Canada last month, 68% were driven away from Chrysler/Dodge dealerships.
While that sounds like terrific market share, Chrysler Town & Country sales were actually down 31% year-over-year. Town & Country sales are up 5% year-to-date. The Dodge Grand Caravan, on the other hand, posted a 47% increase in August 2011. Grand Caravan sales are up 4% through the first eight months of 2011. Dodge’s version of the Windsor, Ontario-built minivan was Canada’s second-best-selling vehicle in August.
If you consider the Grand Caravan and Town & Country to be one product, Chrysler’s minivan duo then forms Canada’s second-best-selling vehicle this year with 42,967 sales, 687 units ahead of the Dodge Ram pickup.
In other minivan news, Canadian sales of the Honda Odyssey were down 47% in August. Kia’s Rondo and Sedona were down 41% and 40%, respectively. Mazda 5 sales plunged 45%. Nissan Quest sales rose 10,200% compared with August 2010 but, more importantly, jumped from 61 in July to 103 in August. The Toyota Sienna slid 6%. Volkswagen’s Grand Caravan-based Routan was down 32%.
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