The Ford Transit produced 949 Canadian sales in November 2015, a 352% year-over-year improvement equal to 739 additional sales compared with November 2014. Ford owned 43% of the overall commercial van market in Canada in November, up 14 percentage points, year-over-year.
Combined, GM’s two full-size commercial vans trailed the Transit by 83 units. General Motors’ total commercial van market share fell to 30% from 34% a year ago.
FCA’s Ram division owned 11% of the segment’s November 2015 volume, a far cry from November 2014’s 17%. Mercedes-Benz, with the smaller Metris now tagging along with its Sprinter big brother, similarly grabbed 11% of the segment. Scraps were picked up by two Nissans.
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The Metris’s arrival shakes up an already shaken small commercial van category. Larger than established small vans but not as big as the Sprinter, the Metris aims to squeeze through a gap it’s creating for itself.
The Sprinter proved that Mercedes-Benz, via its old DaimlerChrysler partnership with Dodge initially, could succeed outside of the Canadian luxury arena. Will the Metris do the same?
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.