Canadians have registered 77,004 minivans in the first three quarters of 2012. That’s up 2.1% from 75,400 in the first three quarters of 2011. But that rise is in large part due to the introduction of the Chevrolet Orlando, a seven-seater which only went on sale at the end of last year’s third quarter. Excluding the Orlando, Canadian minivan sales fell to 72,417 from 75,317, a 3.9% decline.
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The Orlando and its two rivals from Mazda and Kia account for 16.9% of all minivans sold or leased in Canada. Chevrolet’s version of the mini-minivan concept leads the segment, albeit narrowly. Mazda’s more conventional sliding-doors-and-all take on the mini-minivan idea is 271 sales back; the Kia Rondo is another 205 sales behind the Mazda.
In the United States, Chevrolet doesn’t sell the Orlando and Kia gave up on the Rondo. The Mazda 5 is responsible for just 2.3% of all U.S. minivan sales. And though one might believe that the greater attention paid to the mini-minivan category in Canada would limit the best seller’s lead, it doesn’t. While the market share owned by the best-selling Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country in the U.S. (where mini-minivans are ignored) stands at 45.8% this year, the same two vans own 59.4% of the Canadian minivan market. The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, strong sellers in America, suffer under the Grand Caravan’s rule in Canada.
227,172 pickup trucks were sold in Canada between January and September 2012. Import brands, with their five representatives, were responsible for 8.5% of all truck sales in the first three quarters of 2012. In the U.S., where import brands sell six truck nameplates, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, and Toyota were responsible for 17.7% of all truck sales during the same period. Moreover, in the U.S., 16 truck nameplates accounted for 13% of all new vehicle sales in the first three quarters of 2012. But 15 truck nameplates accounted for 17.4% of all new vehicle sales in Canada during the same period.
Contrary to popular belief, it appears as though Canadians like trucks more. Added to that point, Canadians also like Detroit’s trucks more than Americans do.
Historical monthly and yearly sales results for 282 different vehicles can be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. Click any model from the tables below to go directly to its specific sales results page.
After the jump you’ll find detailed September and year-to-date sales info for ten minivans and 15 trucks. Cadillac’s Escalade EXT is also included in the Escalade’s total in this large luxury SUV post. The two accompanying charts rank vehicles by volume rather than listing alphabetically; click any of them for a larger view.