Well, it was, sort of. The appetite among Canadians for full-size, body-on-frame, truck-based sport-utility vehicles isn’t what it was. But as the fuel efficiency of roomy, car-like, three-row “crossovers” improves and the availability of such vehicles becomes more widespread, Canadians buy them in greater numbers.
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Sales of the Ford Explorer, for example, climbed to a nine-year high in 2013 and are up 12.5% through the first five months of 2014. The Explorer is no longer a truck-based SUV. Among non-minivan vehicles that come standard with a third row, the Explorer is the top seller in Canada.
Sales of the Nissan Pathfinder were about as numerous in 2013 as they were in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 combined, and Pathfinder sales are up 49% so far in 2014. It’s no longer a truck-based SUV.
Dodge Durango volume isn’t comparable to what it used to be – more than 6000 were sold in 2004 – but Durango sales over the last three years has been about 70% stronger than what Chrysler managed in 2007 and 2008. Durango sales are up 55% this year. It’s no longer a truck-based SUV.
Meanwhile, vehicles which helped grow the category initially – Highlander, Traverse, Pilot – are all selling better this year than they did in 2013. The Hyundai Santa Fe XL, having taken over from the Hyundai Veracruz, is selling more than twice as often as it was last year.
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 SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.