Canadian car sales rebounded slightly in August 2014 as leading small cars like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio contributed substantial improvements. Year-to-date, the car market is down despite record-setting overall new vehicle sales in Canada.
The Honda Civic is not subject to that decline. Canada’s best-selling car in each of the last 16 years will end 2014 as Canada’s best-selling car, as well. It now leads the declining, second-ranked Hyundai Elantra by 8552 units with just four months remaining. Civic sales are up 8% this year, a gain of 3214 units. Elantra volume is down 7%, a loss of 2792 sales.
Hyundai’s car division nevertheless appeared significantly healthier during the month of August as the Sonata led all midsize cars for the second month running. The Accent, Canada’s top-selling subcompact, was up 36%. Genesis sedan sales more than doubled. Total Hyundai car sales, down 4% this year, rose 7% in August.
Over at Hyundai partner Kia, the car division’s sales have fallen 1% this year but jumped 11% in August as the Forte, Rio, and Soul – the brand’s three small cars – posted respective gains of 27%, 25%, and 54%, with volume equalling nine out of every ten Kia passenger car sales during the month.
New to these rankings this month is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which was delivered to three buyers in August. Porsche generated precisely two-thirds of its Canadian sales volume with the Macan and Cayenne utility vehicles last month; another 9% with the Panamera, leaving a quarter for the four-nameplate sports car lineup.
There were exciting improvements introduced late last year in the GCBC’s rankings of all new vehicles. 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 Mitsubishi Eclipse and Dodge Caliber, nameplates which collected sales during the first eight months 2014 but not during the same period one year later. 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 vehicles by August volume by clicking the August 2014 column header, or you can rank vehicles by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Car column header.
Source: Automakers & ANDC * Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ² Total Prius Family sales: down 23.6% to 637 in August; down 15.6% to 4861 YTD. † Mini Cooper includes sales of the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, Roadster, and Paceman. ‡ Total Genesis sales: down 0.3% to 331 in August, up 4.0% to 2253 YTD. ± Total Infiniti G/Q50/Q60 sales: down 30.1% to 339 in August; up 35.1% to 2577 YTD. ¤ Automakers release sales figures for the E-Class and CLS-Class together, S-Class and CL-Class together, RL and RLX together, Passat and CC together. Sales data separating the V60 and S60 has been made available before, but has not, as of yet, for July and year-to-date. º Audi’s A4 sales data includes sales of the Allroad. Sales data for brands such as Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for those brands during the first eight months of 2014 were 88, 136, 40, and 48, respectively. Total Maserati volume is reported, but not by specific models. It is believed that Tesla sold 48 copies of their Model S back in July 2014, but Tesla doesn’t issue monthly sales reports. The estimate for Tesla August sales in Canada was 50 units.