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Canada June 2012 small SUV sales chart
June 2012 Small SUV Sales Chart
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Over the course of the first six months of 2012, Canadians acquired 159,845 small or small-priced SUVs/CUVs from the first list you’ll see below. From the Chevrolet Equinox to the Volkswagen Tiguan, from the Honda Element to the Mazda Tribute, with the best-selling Ford Escape and Honda CR-V in between, the market for small utility vehicles is vast. It accounts for 18.5% of all new vehicle sales in Canada. Last year, Canadians had acquired 156,973 of these vehicles, or 19.4% of the overall market.

Why are small utility vehicle sales increasing while their corporate market share declines? The second part of that question has as much to do with every other segment as it does with small crossovers. The first part, however, comes with a few obvious questions. Ford Escape sales are down by 4125 units, a decline which is more than made up by the new Honda CR-V’s 5628 extra sales. 

Canada June 2012 midsize SUV sales chart
June 2012 Midsize SUV Sales Chart

A bunch of other SUVs and crossovers have posted significant declines, as well, from GM’s Equinox/Terrain duo (down 1907 units) to Dodge’s Journey (down 1473 units), Jeep’s smallest pair (down 1067 units) and a trio of Koreans. On the flip side, Mazda’s added 5916 sales via the CX-5 (and lost 1693 sales with the disappearing Tribute and CX-7) and Nissan’s Rogue has added 2559 extra sales. It all adds up to a small SUV market which has increased 1.8% while the overall market has grown 7.1%. 

June 2012 Canada large SUV sales chart
June 2012 Large SUV Sales Chart

Market changes are also obvious in the large SUV class as well. In June, the Ford Expedition outsold the combined GM quartet as the Suburban, Yukon, and Yukon XL all made the list of Canada’s worst-selling vehicles. Meanwhile the majority of vehicles GoodCarBadCar groups together as midsize SUVs posted year-over-year increases in the first half of 2012 even as 71% of their smaller and/or less expensive counterparts posted year-over-year declines.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all of these SUVs and crossovers can be accessed free of charge through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or near the top right of this page. GoodCarBadCar published the 20 best-selling SUVs last Friday and profiled mainstream passenger car sales yesterday. Click past the jump for a look at detailed June 2012 and year-to-date Canadian sales figures for a multitude of SUVs and crossovers.

Small SUV
June 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Equinox
1922
– 28.7% 10,851 – 10.9%
Dodge Journey
2580
+ 20.9% 14,596 – 9.2%
Ford Escape
3674
– 35.4% 19,058 – 17.8%
GMC Terrain
1018
– 32.9% 5792 – 9.1%
Honda CR-V
3483
+ 228% 18,054 + 45.3%
Honda Element
—–
– 100% 7 – 95.4%
Hyundai Santa Fe
2250
– 13.6% 11,269 – 12.5%
Hyundai Tucson
1419
– 21.6% 7202 – 15.3%
Jeep Compass
441
– 45.8% 2996 – 13.0%
Jeep Patriot
528
– 38.5% 3595 – 14.7%
Jeep Wrangler
2187
+ 3.4% 10,102 + 22.0%
Kia Sorento
1200
– 15.5% 6431 – 9.9%
Kia Sportage
938
+ 20.6% 4237 + 20.4%
Mazda CX-5
1284
—– 5916 —–
Mazda CX-7
227
– 61.1% 2105 – 22.0%
Mazda Tribute
—–
– 100% 444 – 71.1%
Mini Countryman
146
+ 2.8% 709 + 10.4%
Mitsubishi Outlander
494
+ 33.2% 2480 – 4.4%
Mitsubishi RVR
821
+ 25.9% 3522 – 10.7%
Nissan Juke
580
+ 45.7% 2342 + 26.7%
Nissan Rogue
1423
+ 78.1% 8579 + 42.5%
Subaru Forester
670
– 4.3% 3593 – 12.0%
Suzuki Grand Vitara
147
+ 31.3% 845 – 4.6%
Toyota RAV4
2300
+ 71.1% 12,219 + 7.4%
Volkswagen Tiguan
530
– 0.7% 2901 – 2.8%

Midsize SUV
June 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Enclave
522
+ 30.8% 1632 – 7.1%
Chevrolet Traverse
473
– 23.7% 1666 – 39.5%
Dodge Durango
211
– 18.8% 1451 + 24.7%
Dodge Nitro
29
– 42.0% 87 – 71.5%
Ford Edge
2747
+ 22.0% 10,087 + 29.1%
Ford Explorer
1157
– 2.4% 5082 + 8.5%
Ford Flex
690
+ 37.5% 1996 + 18.4%
GMC Acadia
709
+ 0.9% 2229 – 17.2%
Honda Pilot
503
+ 77.7% 2372 + 28.4%
Hyundai Veracruz
177
– 13.2% 1020 + 51.8%
Jeep Grand Cherokee
781
– 12.1% 5055 + 0.6%
Jeep Liberty
73
– 67.3% 801 – 13.7%
Mazda CX-9
84
– 17.6% 595 + 2.1%
Mitsubishi Endeavor
2
– 88.2% 100 – 14.5%
Nissan Murano
676
+ 190% 2936 + 32.6%
Nissan Pathfinder
162
+ 30.6% 1042 – 3.1%
Nissan Xterra
130
– 43.7% 559 – 26.4%
Subaru Tribeca
29
– 17.1% 170 – 19.4%
Toyota 4Runner
242
+ 47.6% 1448 + 9.9%
Toyota FJ Cruiser
65
+ 91.2% 369 + 17.9%
Toyota Highlander
561
+ 27.8% 2870 + 0.4%

Large SUV
June 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Suburban
39
– 53.6% 524 – 19.1%
Chevrolet Tahoe
58
– 36.3% 661 + 22.4%
Ford Expedition
319
+ 67.0% 1026 + 13.6%
GMC Yukon
38
– 47.2% 534 + 11.5%
GMC Yukon XL
36
– 53.2% 549 + 13.9%
Nissan Armada
74
+ 42.3% 366 + 18.1%
Toyota Sequoia
48
– 28.4% 405 – 0.5%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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