Light trucks, an official category in which all vehicles mentioned below fall, has made up 53.9% of the Canadian new vehicle market so far this year. Import nameplates, a category in which all vehicles mentioned below fall, has made up 53.7% of the Canadian new vehicle market so far this year. Contrast these numbers with passenger cars (46.1%) and General Motors/Ford Motor Company/Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep (46.3%). Now you’re seeing part of the why and how sales of SUVs and crossovers like the ones below have risen sharply in 2010.
Mazda Tribute sales in 2010 are up 8.9%. Honda Pilot sales are up 19.3% through the first nine months of 2010. Mazda CX-7 sales dipped by four units in September but are up 48.7% on the year. Acura MDX sales rose 11.8% in September 2010. Subaru Forester sales are on the level. Nissan Rogue sales jumped 60% in September. Sales of the 2010 Honda CR-V are up 43.3% through the first three quarters of 2010. Only the Toyota RAV4 (up in September), Mitsubishi Outlander, and Lexus RX have failed to match last year’s totals.
One interesting final note before you examine the list of Canada’s best-selling Japanese SUVs. Canada’s 2010 Mazda Tribute out-sold its U.S. counterpart by six units in September 2010 and is up by 1676 sales through the end of last month. The U.S. new vehicle market is seven-to-eight times larger than the Canadian new vehicle market. Explanation?