May 2019 – The Best-Selling Commercial Vans In Canada


The GCBC Analysis

Despite the fact that most of the commercial vans on sale in Canada saw a sales decline in the month of May, the segment was only actually down by 50 units. YTD the segment is actually up by about 800 sales. 

The reason the segment didn’t see a larger drop overall mostly depends on Ford and Nissan’s models. All models sold by both companies managed to see sales gains and some of them were significant. The Ford E-Series and Nissan NV both saw sales increases in the 60 percentages. The Nissan NV200 saw a roughly 45 percent increase, and the Ford Transit saw sales increase by about 22 percent. Finally, the Ford Transit Connect managed to squeeze out a three percent sales increase.

All other models on sale saw double-digit percentage declines in sales. The Ram ProMaster City and GMC Savana actually saw sales drop by over 30 percent. 

When you look YTD, you’ll notice Ram’s models have been performing well so far this year. May might have just been a fluke for the company, but it might be a signal. It’ll be interesting to see if Ram and any of the other brands can turn things around in the coming months. 


Commercial Van Rankings

Commercial Van Sales Figures – This Month

Model Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Ford E-Series 543 326 66.56 2,409 2,078 15.93
Chevrolet Express 465 520 -10.58 1,785 2,151 -17.02
Mercedes-Benz Metris 93 121 -23.14 517 652 -20.71
Nissan NV 128 76 68.42 374 358 4.47
Nissan NV200 237 164 44.51 748 690 8.41
Ram ProMaster 455 507 -10.26 2,209 1,892 16.75
Ram ProMaster City 47 78 -39.74 418 245 70.61
GMC Savana 633 988 -35.93 2,430 2,967 -18.10
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 342 515 -33.59 1,649 2,157 -23.55
Ford Transit 1,595 1,304 22.32 6,791 5,542 22.54
Ford Transit Connect 340 329 3.34 1,458 1,279 14.00
∑ = 4,878 ∑ = 4,928 ∑ = 20,788 ∑ = 20,011
Segment Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Full Size Commercial Van 4,161 4,236 -1.77 17,647 17,145 2.93
Small Commercial Van 717 692 3.61 3,141 2,866 9.60
Total 4,878 4,928 -1.01 20,788 20,011 3.88

Commercial Van Sales by Quarter

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.