From 160th at the end of the first quarter, the Buick Encore is now Canada’s 105th-best-selling vehicle. April 2013 saw 675 Canadians drive home in an Encore. 908 Canadians purchased or leased a Chevrolet Trax last month, however. The Trax is Canada’s 65th-best-selling vehicle, but it’s not on sale in America. Yet.
Just as the Encore doesn’t (and shouldn’t) sell as often as the Trax, Buick’s entry-level sedan, the Verano, doesn’t sell nearly as often as the Cruze on which it’s based. General Motors Canada sells 5.5 Cruzes for every Verano. The Cruze, incidentally, is Canada’s most popular Detroit brand passenger car. But GM, Ford MoCo, and the Chrysler Group market six different vehicles lines that are more popular than their best-selling car, including a small SUV and a minivan. And four trucks.
One year ago, the Ford F-Series’ lead over the second-ranked vehicle was 9435-units strong. This year, its lead over the Ram Pickup is 11,607 units. The gap has been blown wide open in spite of the Ram’s 18% year-over-year increase. F-Series sales are up 20%.
Ford’s second-best-selling model, the Escape, ranks eighth. It’s Canada’s favourite utility vehicle. Canada’s top-selling midsize sedan, the Ford Fusion, sits in 18th spot, nearly 1300 sales ahead of the Honda Accord.
At the end of April 2012, the Fiat 500 was Canada’s 43rd-best-selling vehicle. This year, it’s fallen all the way to 59th. Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class has fallen from 39th to 57th compared with the first four months of 2012. BMW’s 3-Series has moved up from 48th to 35th. The Mazda CX-5 climbed from 42nd to 24th this year. Kia’s Rio is up from 36th to 23rd.
And, the bigger news: the Hyundai Elantra has moved up two spots, just enough to become Canada’s best-selling car. It’s a position the Elantra has periodically held on a monthly basis. But in year-to-date terms, the Elantra has never been numero uno this late in the calendar.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by April volume by clicking the April 2013 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 Vehicle column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.