What’s to blame for the degrading expansion? Start with Canada’s typical best-selling utility vehicle, the Ford Escape. Sales of the Escape slid 5% in January, a drop of 122 units. Dodge Journey sales tumbled by 750 units, year-over-year. The 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th-best-selling nameplates all suffered decreased January sales.
But again, overall volume did increase. Start with the best-selling Toyota RAV4’s 16% jump. The Honda CR-V, Canada’s top-selling utility vehicle in November and December, jumped 30%, a gain of 426 units.
Nevertheless, because the overall Canadian auto industry grew at a faster rate than the market for SUVs and crossovers, the share of the market owned by utility vehicle sales slid to 34.1% from 34.5% one year ago.
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Source: Automakers & ANDC * Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ³ Total Santa Fe sales: up 3.9% to 1599. º Land Cruiser is a commercial vehicle in Canada. Rather than listing the 500L with the Mini Countryman in these SUV/crossover rankings, it’s with cars in large part because it is not available with all-wheel-drive. The placement of numerous crossovers often prompts disagreement, but consider the vehicle type’s name: crossover. By its very definition, it crosses over from one category into another. The very act of calling, for example, the Toyota Venza a car or a utility vehicle requires ignorance of the fact that the Venza (or Outback, Crosstour, Encore, Countryman, 500L) is a square peg that can’t be squeezed through a round hole.