The vast majority of Canada’s worst-selling vehicles (measured by year-over-year decline) in March 2014 were present on this list of the top 20 for good reason. Some have expired – Avalanche, Avenger – and dealers are simply clearing out lingering examples. Others – Suburban, Golf, Yukon/Yukon XL, Escalade, Tahoe, 200 – are entering or ending a replacement phase.
And then there’s the Dodge Dart, the Ford Taurus, and BMW X3, vehicles which simply sold far less frequently in March 2014 than they did in March 2013. Sometimes this is a symptom of a building-up of inventory. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport sales, for example, dropped in January and February even as the SUV/CUV market grew, but then the Santa Fe Sport took off as the market became spring-like in March, and it was Canada’s second-ranked crossover.
Will we see a huge uptick in Dart sales in April? Or was this March’s 61% decline the result of sales which rose above the norm in January, when sales more than doubled?
It’s not as though the Dart, Taurus, and X3 rank among the lowest-volume automobiles in Canada, although the Taurus is shockingly rare north of the border. Those 20 vehicles – expired 1-Series through the G-Class, Canada’s most expensive off-roader – are listed below. The intentionally rare vehicles like Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG and Cadillac ELR (which won’t or shouldn’t be be this rare for long) are joined by underperformers like the Kia Cadenza, Lincoln MKS, and Honda CR-Z.
You can always select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page to find historical monthly and yearly sales figures from both Canada and the United States. Pertinent links are clickable at the bottom of this post, but you can also find related links at the Best Sellers page.
Source: Automakers & ANDC Vehicles which sold at least once in March 2013 but not at all in March 2014: Jeep Liberty, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Insight, Hyundai Veracruz, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Suzuki Kizashi, Suzuki SX4, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Audi A3, Volkswagen Routan, Volvo C30, Volvo C70.
Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Tesla and numerous others do not release monthly sales data. Bentley and Maserati do not report model-specific sales data.