May 2012 Small SUV Sales Chart
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Bizarrely, Canadian sales of the Chevrolet Traverse were down 44.1% in May 2012 and are down 44.1% on year-to-date terms, as well. The stars aligned for the Traverse, but not in a good way. Traverse sales slid 18.5% last year after rising 45% in 2010. The updated 2013 model may improve the situation, but can Chevrolet sell 6307 Traverses next year like they did in 2010? Probably not. There’s presently a $5100 cash credit on the 2012 Traverse, enough to drop the base price to $30,935.
Ford is offering $1650 off the $29,999 Explorer. In May 2012, Explorer sales jumped 27%, enough to shrink the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s lead over the three-row midsize Ford to 349 units through five months. Ford sells substantially more Edges than Explorers, however, 2.3 times more in May. The 2013 Edge SE FWD’s Ford Canada Employee Pricing discount currently sits at $1495. Ford throws $2990 on the table to tempt you into an SEL all-wheel-drive Edge. Edge sales dropped 8.3% last year after rising 41.3% in 2010. So far this year, Edge sales are up 31.9% year-over-year and are also ahead of 2010’s pace by 915 units.
May 2012 Midsize SUV Sales Chart
Back at General Motors, Canadians acquired 3141 Equinoxes and Terrains in May 2012. That combo wouldn’t be enough to unseat the Ford Escape from its perch atop the standings, but it would make GM’s smallest crossover(s) the second-best-selling utility vehicle(s) in Canada.
Excluding the Terrain, Detroit’s three leading small utility vehicle contenders – the Equinox, Escape, and Dodge Journey – accounted for 5.1% of all new vehicle sales in Canada in May.
Those three Detroit utilities? One is made in Canada; one in Mexico. The 2013 Ford Escape is assembled in Louisville, Kentucky.
May 2012 Large SUV Sales Chart
Hyundai and Kia combined to sell 5459 SUVs/CUVs in Canada in May 2012. Sales of the outgoing Santa Fe, soon-to-be-tinkered-with Sorento, and not-very-pretty Tucson were off last May’s pace by some margin. The Kia Sportage, however, posted a year-over-year increase of 20.7%. That’s nothing compared to the 42.8% rise reported by the Honda CR-V, a figure that’s equal to 838 extra sales. On percentage terms, nothing compares to the Nissan Juke’s 223% jump. In May 2011, dealer inventory for the Oppama, Japan-built Juke was dreadfully low and sales had fallen 42.1% from the prior month. Even as Juke sales rose in May and Mitsubishi RVR sales fell, the Mitsubishi came out on top when ranked by total volume.
After the jump you’ll also find sales figures for seven very large sport-utility vehicles, the most popular of which (individually) is Ford’s Expedition. Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any vehicle currently on sale in North America can be accessed through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page or at GCBC’s Sales Stats home.