By buying the same cars as their neighbours, friends, and cousins, Canadians popularize the country’s best-selling vehicles to a much greater extent than Americans do south of our border.
One-third of all the new vehicles sold in Canada during the first ten months of 2013 are represented by the ten top nameplates: F-Series to Silverado.
South of the border – where the Ford F-Series also sits atop the leaderboard – the ten top sellers have generated only 25% of the industry’s year-to-date volume. Consider October as an example. Canada’s 20 best-selling vehicles last month produced 50.5% of the auto industry’s volume. In the United States, October’s 20 top sellers produced just 39.6% of the auto industry’s volume.
As a result of this attraction to the most dominant of vehicles, there appear to be showrooms that could exist just fine with a dramatic reduction in the number of vehicles displayed inside. Ford’s four top models – F-Series, Escape, Focus, Fusion – attract 77% of Ford’s Canadian customers.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: 0.025% Of Canadian Auto Industry Sales; 0.047% In America
More than two-thirds of Chrysler Canada’s sales are derived from the Ram P/U, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, and Jeep Wrangler.
Eight out of every ten Hondas sold are either Civics, CR-Vs, or Accords, leaving the Crosstour, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline to sweep up the leftovers.
86% of the Hyundais sold are Elantras, Santa Fes, Accents, and Sonatas.
GM’s four top models are responsible for 58% of the company’s Canadian sales, leaving around 30 other nameplates to fight over the remainder.
It’s not as though this isn’t sensible. Naturally, higher-volume products are going to be, well, higher in volume. But, for the most part, you won’t see those kinds of numbers from automakers’ cars and trucks and SUVs which rank in the top 30 in the U.S. Equivalent parts of the lineups mentioned above produce 66% of Ford’s U.S. sales, 45% at the Chrysler Group, 74% at Honda, 83% at Hyundai, and 42% at General Motors.
Porsche 911: 0.038% Of Canadian Auto Industry Sales; 0.064% In America
New to the list of complete vehicle rankings for October is the BMW 4-Series, the renamed BMW 3-Series two-door family. It begins its tenure with a ranking of 226th. In its second month, the Mitsubishi Mirage has moved up 28 places to a ranking of 210th. The Mercedes-Benz CLA and Jeep Cherokee, both of which also reported their first sales in September, have moved up 21 and 11 spots to 213th and 237th, respectively. On its own, the Infiniti Q50 now sits in the 166th position, up from 172nd a month ago.
There are exciting improvements in this month’s ranking of vehicle sales. Prior year figures now include the actual numbers from last year, not just the percentage increases/decreases from last year. As a result, we’ve also included vehicles like the Kia Borrego and Saab 9-3, nameplates which collected sales in 2012 but not this year. More importantly, there are now visible brand results, so when you sort the table by vehicle names to showcase, for example, all Hyundais together, you’ll also see the Hyundai brand’s total. Manufacturers are shown in bold to differentiate makes and models. At any time, click the Rank column to return to the original format. If you’re on a mobile device, you may need to choose the full version of the site (at the bottom of the page) in order to use the sortable function.
Land Rover LR4: 0.025% Of Canadian Auto Industry Sales; 0.047% In America
Reminder: these are year-to-date rankings, but you can sort vehicles by October volume by clicking the October 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.