Canada’s commercial van market wasn’t exactly working in conjunction with the overall industry to proclaim the wonders of 2013’s record-setting pace before November began. Now, after a truly brutal month, the commercial van category stands in stark contrast with the overall industry (up 4% this year).
Sales of plumber/shuttle/massive family vans slid 31% in November 2013 and are down 4% through eleven months.
Ford, which owns the largest chunk of the Canadian market – 42% year-to-date – suffered huge declines from both their soon-to-be-replaced vans, the E-Series and Transit Connect, which fell 53% and 62%, respectively. As a result, Ford’s market share in the segment fell to 21.3% from 34.6% a year ago, when Canadian E-Series volume wasn’t particularly healthy.
Sales of both GM twins slid sharply, as did Mercedes-Benz Sprinter volume. The GMC Savana was Canada’s top-selling commercial van for the third consecutive month.
Nissan’s NV sales fell 37%, but Nissan’s overall commercial van tally rose 65% thanks to the newer, smaller, NV200, helping Nissan’s market share climb to 10.3% from 4.3% in November 2012.
Chrysler Canada made the real market share statement. With the Ram C/V and ProMaster selling at a near identical pace, Chrysler Canada commercial van sales jumped 181% and their share of the category grew to 11.6% from 2.9% in November 2012.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank commercial vans any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.