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Small SUV Sales, Midsize SUV Sales, Large SUV Sales In Canada – September 2011

2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo Red

Mitsubishi began selling the RVR in Canada last September. Because there were only 13 sold in the ninth month of 2010, Mitsubishi’s 646-unit sales performance last month brought about a seemingly amazing 4869% year-over-year increase. RVR sales were up 56% from August’s 415-unit total.

Kia Sportage sales jumped 182%. Sales of Kia’s larger utility vehicle, the Sorento, were up 80%. Hyundai reported a 67% increase in Tucson sales. Mazda even managed to find an improvement in Tribute sales as the company’s soon-to-be-replaced Escape copy posted a 35% improvement.

On the flip side, the defunct Honda Element slid 78%. Suzuki reported a 55% drop in Grand Vitara sales. Hyundai’s Santa Fe was down 40%. Sales of the Toyota RAV4 fell 38%. The Volkswagen Tiguan was down 36%. 

In between the RVR, Sportage, Sorento, Tucson, Tribute, Element, Grand Vitara, Santa Fe, RAV4, and Tiguan are all the other utility vehicles in the first chart you’ll scan below. Canada’s best-selling small SUV is the Ford Escape. By some measure, the Escape is also Canada’s best-selling SUV overall.

Canada Small SUV Sales Chart September 2011
Canada Midsize SUV Sales Chart September 2011
Scanning September 2011’s auto sales data for similar information on midsize SUVs finds the Ford Explorer’s 215% year-over-year increase to be peerless. Mitsubishi Endeavor sales jumped 132%, but that only works out to a 45-unit increase. Ford sold 642 more Explorers this September than last. Nissan Murano sales more than doubled from 287 to 595. The Subaru Tribeca’s 62% jump was worth 18 extra sales.

On the negative side of the ledger, Nissan Xterra sales slid 82%, enough to land the off-roader on’s Worst-Selling Vehicles list. Ford Flex sales fell 46%. The Jeep Liberty was down 38% and Toyota’s FJ Cruiser dropped 37%. Canada’s overall new vehicle market was down by less than half a percentage point in September.
Canada Large SUV Sales Chart September 2011
You won’t find that many new jumbo sport-utility vehicles were added to Canadian roads in September 2011. Three out of every four sold – there were 821 in total, including the Kia Borrego – were built by General Motors. 

Chevrolet Tahoe sales jumped 116%. Ford Expedition sales jumped 265. The Chevrolet Suburban fell 24%. GMC Yukon and Yukon XL sales were up 8% and 14%, respectively. Kia Borrego sales slid 70%. Nissan Armada sales climbed by 15 units, or 39%. The Toyota Sequoia lost just over half its volume.

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