Sales of Canada’s most popular SUV skyrocketed in November 2012. The Ford Escape reached a peak of 44,248 units in 2011 but is on track to surpass that figure this year, in large part because of the 47% jump in November. That 1221-unit gain pulled the Escape 10,000 units away from the second-ranked Honda CR-V on year-to-date terms.
As it did in the U.S., the new Pathfinder helped Nissan land a second vehicle on this list of Canada’s 20 best-selling SUVs and crossovers. Pathfinder sales jumped 505% in November 2012. The Rogue fell 19.5% to 960 units, nearly 300 out in front of the Pathfinder.
Canada’s best-selling premium brand SUV in November was the Audi Q5. The smaller Audi crossover finished November 104 sales ahead of the 20th-ranked Lexus RX. 50 of the RX’s 579 November sales were RX hybrids. RX350 sales slid 1.1% to 529. Toyota sold 126 Highlander Hybrids in November, up 16% year-over-year. The gas-fired Highlander is up 21.5% to 5248 sales through the first eleven months of 2012. GM’s twins ranked sixth and ninth; together they outsold the third-ranked Hyundai Santa Fe.