Inspired by the Kia Cadenza that’s currently parked in the driveway at GCBC Towers, take a closer look at the latest big Kia’s Canadian sales performance. South of the border, Cadenza volume rose 63% from June to July. In Canada, Cadenza volume grew 140% to its highest level yet. But with just 24 sales last month, Kia’s year-to-date total rose to only 62 units, and its ranking among all vehicles didn’t rise above the 236th position.
Kia Canada has been selling the Cadenza since the end of April. Jaguar has only been selling the F-Type roadster for three months but the Jag has sold nearly twice as often. Keep in mind, this isn’t just a matter of desirability: Kia Canada doesn’t have 1000 Cadenzas sitting on their dealer lots. Big, mainstream-brand sedans, however, aren’t common items in Canada.
The Chevrolet Impala, America’s 23rd-best-selling vehicle, is Canada’s 90th-ranked vehicle. The Cadenza’s partner from Hyundai, the Azera, isn’t even marketed in Canada. That the Cadenza, pleasant and handsome as it is, isn’t putting up big numbers in Canada shouldn’t surprise you. That the Cadenza is rarer than the F-Type is nevertheless a strong statement about the future of $40K cars from volume brands. BMW Canada sold 1391 copies of the 3-Series. In July.
A different new car made plenty of headway in July. From its ranking of 238th in June, the Fiat 500L moved up to 206th in July 2013. Elsewhere at Chrysler, the 300 slid eight spots. The Honda Civic overtook the Hyundai Elantra, and Ford’s top-ranked F-Series grew its lead to 21,917 units. The second-ranked Ram P/U is 90 sales up on the GM twins, combined.
We’re Finally Getting Tesla Sales Data
When July data becomes available, we’ll insert numbers for the Tesla Model S. At the halfway point, Tesla sold 342 copies of their well-regarded electric hatchback.
These are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by July volume by clicking the July 2013 column header, or you can rank vehicles by improvements or declines using the % columns. Or, most importantly, you can list automakers together by selecting the Vehicle column header. Just remember, the list is horizontally flipped from the norm: YTD on the left, monthly data on the right.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.