The GCBC Analysis
Commercial van sales in Canada looked strong. The segment was up by about 500 units for the month of April. When it comes to the YTD sales numbers, the segment was up over 800 units.
Of the 11 models shown below, only four of them saw sales decreases. These models included the GMC Savana, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Metris, and Nissan NV.
The sales leader for the month was the Ford Transit, which saw a significant increase in sales of over 32 percent. It was followed by the Ford E-Series van which saw an even more dramatic sales increase for the month of nearly 113 percent. These two models are up YTD as well.
Speaking of YTD sales for commercial vans, more models have seen declines so far this year than increases. With that said, the segment still manages to have sold more than this time last year. It will be interesting to see if this continues as time goes on.
Commercial Van Rankings
Commercial Van Sales Figures – This Month
|Model||Month||Month LY||Change||YTD||YTD LY||YTD Change|
|Ram ProMaster City||124||88||40.91||371||167||122.16|
|Ford Transit Connect||349||237||47.26||1,118||950||17.68|
|∑ = 4,668||∑ = 4,166||∑ = 15,910||∑ = 15,083|
|Segment||Month||Month LY||Change||YTD||YTD LY||YTD Change|
|Full Size Commercial Van||3,954||3,582||10.39||13,486||12,909||4.47|
|Small Commercial Van||714||584||22.26||2,424||2,174||11.50|
Commercial Van Sales by Quarter
|modelName||Q1 2019||Q1 2018||Year To Date||Year to Date Previous Year||Change|
|Chevrolet City Express||0||0||0.0|
|Ford Transit Connect||2,392||1,634||0.0|
|Ram ProMaster City||690||295||0.0|
|∑ = 0||∑ = 0|
Important note: Both Ford and GM have switched to quarterly reporting, making it more difficult to accurately gauge crossover sales. We won’t have results to report for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford or Lincoln until the end of each quarter.