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In the first quarter of 2014, Canada’s auto industry was capable of moving forward after a record 2014 by only a bit. The 1% gains achieved by the overall group pf automobile manufacturers was nothing compared with the achievement of the SUV/crossover category: sales are up 15% this year, a volume increase of nearly 16,000 units.
Subtract these 84 nameplates from the equation and the industry as a whole was down 5.1% to fewer than 240,000 first quarter sales.
But automakers do sell utility vehicles, and they’re selling them rather well. Taking all vehicle types into account, 10 of the 20 biggest year-over-year improvements in the first quarter belonged to vehicles from the list you’ll see below: Santa Fe XL, Encore, Land Cruiser, X5, X1, GX460, Durango, Tiguan, Rogue, Range Rover Sport.
Volkswagen’s 18th-ranked Tiguan stands out in that group in large part because of its age. It’s by no means a new model like the recently replaced Rogue, which GoodCarBadCar reviewed last week. It wasn’t new in the latter part of 2013’s first quarter and therefore capable of exceedingly impressive YOY improvements.
The Tiguan posted Canadian sales improvements in 2009, 2010, 2012, and in record-setting 2013, and sales are taking off in 2014, as well. Why? Well, price for one thing. Volkswagen has chopped thousands off a base Tiguan’s sticker. But Volkswagen has also proven capable of maintaining (or improving) a level of desirability for their models.
Just look at VW’s premium Audi division. The Q5 has been around since 2009, but sales have improved every year, and it’s currently tied with the fresh BMW 3-Series as Canada’s top-selling luxury brand vehicle.
VW Group SUV/crossover sales are up 31% to 5110 units in early 2014. Sound like a lot? Canada’s best-selling SUV, the Ford Escape, is up 9% to 9137 units year-to-date. The Escape generates 59% of Ford brand utility vehicle sales; 56% of Ford MoCo utility vehicle sales.
There were exciting improvements introduced in October’s rankings of utility vehicle sales. Prior year figures now include the actual numbers from last year, not just the percentage increases/decreases from last year. As a result, we now include vehicles like the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Hyundai Veracruz, nameplates which collected sales in March 2013 but not during March 2014.
At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Reminder: these are 2014 year-to-date rankings, but you can sort SUVs and crossovers by March volume by clicking the March 2014 column header, or you can rank SUVs/CUVs by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the SUV/Crossover column header.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.