Small SUV Sales In Canada – January 2015


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January 2015 went against the grain. After a year in which the core Ford Escape-led small SUV/crossover segment shot up 15% compared with 2013, January sales of small utilities slid 3% after climbing 21% a year ago.

Canada Vehicle Sales Rankings By Make & Model – January 2015
• Canada SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model – January 2015

Canada small SUV sales chart January 2015

Moreover, the Escape didn’t lead the category. Its 5% decline was slight – equal to only 122 fewer sales – but it set the tone for a segment that simply didn’t attract as many new buyers as it did a year ago. The Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage, and Mitsubishi Outlander all posted declines of at least 27%.

Instead of the Escape, the Toyota RAV4 took top honours. And by what a margin: 26 whole units. RAV4 sales jumped 16%. The Honda CR-V, Canada’s top-selling SUV/crossover in November and December, jumped 30% year-over-year. The Kia Sorento, in clear-out mode before the 2016 model arrives (and we move it exclusively to the midsize category), was up 22%. 

While the results are far from meaningless, January figures won’t end up telling the complete story by year’s end. Canadians will likely buy twice as many new vehicles in May as they did last month, for example. January accounts for the smallest portion of the Canadian auto industry’s yearly volume, and it’s unlikely that you can place much stock in these results holding up long-term.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank small SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • January 2016 • February 2015 • December 2014January 2014

Small SUVs 
& Crossovers
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
802
1130 -29.0% 802 1130 -29.0%
1200
1950 -38.5% 1200 1950 -38.5%
2475
2597 -4.7% 2475 2597 -4.7%
460
634 -27.4% 460 634 -27.4%
1863
1437 29.6% 1863 1437 29.6%
1368
1289 6.1% 1368 1289 6.1%
638
823 -22.5% 638 823 -22.5%
1403
1310 7.1% 1403 1310 7.1%
205
294 -30.3% 205 294 -30.3%
443
303 46.2% 443 303 46.2%
1055
864 22.1% 1055 864 22.1%
291
413 -29.5% 291 413 -29.5%
1054
960 9.8% 1054 960 9.8%
253
415 -39.0% 253 415 -39.0%
1874
1872 0.1% 1874 1872 0.1%
707
808 -12.5% 707 808 -12.5%
2501
2160 15.8% 2501 2160 15.8%
670
647 3.6% 670 647 3.6%
Total
19,262
19,906 -3.2% 19,262 19.906 -3.2%

Smallest SUVs & Crossovers
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
227
232 -2.2% 227 232 -2.2%
267
345 -22.6% 267 345 -22.6%
51
145 -64.8% 51 145 -64.8%
315
297 6.1% 315 297 6.1%
211
196 7.7% 211 196 7.7%
486
292 66.4% 486 292 66.4%
Total
1557
1507 3.3% 1557 1507 3.3%

Offroaders
January
2015
January
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1183
809 46.2% 1183 809 46.2%
58
65 -10.8% 58 65 -10.8%
2
51 -96.1% 2 51 -96.1%
Total
1243
925 34.4% 1243 925 34.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* vehicle also displayed in another GCBC segment breakdown
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. This explains why you’ll see the Encore and XV Crosstrek are listed with small cars, too, and the tweener-sized Sorento and Santa Fe are shown with midsize SUVs and small SUVs, and the pricey FJ Cruiser and Xterra with midsizers, as well… because readers have wanted it both ways. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. GCBC has historically shown the Liberty with midsize SUVs but as the Cherokee – truly not midsize inside – replaces the Liberty, proper year-over-year comparison requires seeing the Liberty listed here with these smaller utility vehicles.

RECOMMENDED READING
Small SUV Sales In Canada – January 2016
Small SUV Sales In Canada – February 2015 YTD
Small SUV Sales In Canada – December & 2014 Year End
Small SUV Sales In Canada – January 2014
Top 20 Best-Selling SUVs In Canada – January 2015
Canada Auto Sales Brand Rankings – January 2015
Midsize SUV Sales In Canada – January 2015