Out of left field, Canadian sales of full-size volume brand sedans jumped 61% to 2901 units in April 2015. This April improvement brings the year-to-date total up 4% to 7173 units after sales in the category were down 16% through the first-quarter of 2015.
Yet it’s more than necessary to remember that this year-over-year sales comparison takes into account the totals achieved by these vehicles in April 2014, when sales across the board fell 44%.
Compared with April 2013, sales last month were actually down a full 10%.
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Why do we use year-over-year comparisons and not month-to-month calculations? The auto industry is very seasonal, particularly in Canada. As a matter of routine, April sales, for example, are more than 80% stronger than January sales.
Nevertheless, even if April 2014 sales of these vehicles were way down, the year-over-year comparison still displays a big uptick in April 2015 for the LaCrosse, Impala, top-selling Chrysler 300, Charger, Taurus, Genesis, and Cadenza. The Nissan Maxima is set to be replaced shortly; the Toyota Avalon will be refreshed for model year 2016.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canada 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 large cars any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.
Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada * Genesis refers only to the sedan, not the coupe. For Canadian purposes – Hyundai USA doesn’t yet breakdown sales figures for the sedan and much less costly coupe – the Genesis will now be shown with both these volume brands, with which Hyundai is a direct competitor, and midsize luxury cars, with which the Genesis competes.
GCBC isn’t here to break down segments, an impossible task for any group, but to display sales data for the sake of comparison. The more ways sales data can be displayed, the better. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts.