A rapid start to 2016 for the Canadian auto industry followed up a record-setting performance for the new vehicle market in calendar year 2015 but was followed up with slowing sales in early summer. July volume slid 3% after first-half sales jumped 6%.
For August to redeem the poor results from the prior month, the best-selling automakers in Canada would need to perform. One did. Two others did not.
Sales at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, 2015’s top-selling automaker, and General Motors, the second-ranked automaker in August, tumbled 9% and 20%, respectively.
Ford Canada’s 9% year-over-year expansion counteracts some of the devolution at Ford’s top rivals, but there were signs of a slowdown elsewhere, as well.
As a result, Canadian auto sales declined 2% in August 2016, a drop of 3500 sales for an industry which lost 4500 sales in July.
With record F-Series sales, Ford was Canada’s top-selling brand. The Honda Civic was Canada’s top-selling car; the Ford Escape led all SUVs and crossovers. Smart and Jaguar were Canada’s fastest-growing auto brands; Subaru was the fastest-growing volume brand. Maserati, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat sales tumbled fastest, but Chrysler’s 46% decline was worst among volume brands.
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Don’t like to see automakers arranged alphabetically? Click column headers to sort automakers by August sales, year-over-year change, year-to-date totals, or any other order. Best seller lists for cars, trucks, and SUVs will be added in the morning. In the coming days, GCBC will also publish a complete list of year-to-date sales for every single vehicle line, a list which includes brand results. To find out what you can expect, you can see the 2015 year end version of that post here. You can always find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any brand by clicking the brand name in the table below or by selecting a make (or model) at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. Mobile users can now thumb across the table for full-width access.
Click column headers to sort by specific categories. Using the mobile version of GoodCarBadCar? Switch to the web version at the bottom of the page, at which point columns should be sortable. September 2016 • July 2016 • August 2015 • Updated at 3:13 PM AT on 09.07.2016