Overall Ford sales were up 15.7% in November but Ford car sales in Canada were up just 1.3%…. until you include the Fiesta. There’s nothing like an additional nameplate to fire sales forward, and with the Fiesta’s 977 extra sales, Ford car sales in Canada were up 30%. 40% of Canada’s best-selling American cars are Blue Oval vehicles, but it’s worth noting that only 25% of all Ford sales in Canada last month were cars. (Just 17.4% of Lincoln sales were cars.) It’s hard to ignore the Fiesta’s impact on the marketplace, particularly considering the prices at which Ford has been selling the Fiesta, but it’s hard to call it an outright hit in a month when Honda dealers scurried about to sell 1557 Fits, a 249% improvement over November 2009.
Moreover, a slightly newer, somewhat larger American small car competitor has arisen as a darling of the Canadian car market. Sales of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze went from 235 in October to 1308 in November. Yep, that means the Cobalt is still out-selling the Cruze, but that’s only because Canadians love cheap cars.
Just the one Chrysler product? Well, you’re obviously not expecting any Jeeps. And the 2011 Fiat 500 isn’t here yet. So that leaves the puketastic Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, the not-so-great Dodge Caliber, the defunct Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge’s Viper and Challenger, and the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger fraternal twins. But as you should’ve read already, the words “Chrysler” and “cars” are nigh on mutually exclusive terms these days. Thus, Chrysler’s 249 sales of the big 300 sedan sneak the Fiat-run company onto the list of Canada’s Top 10 Best-Selling American Cars. Changes are afoot: model year 2011 features new engines and new interiors in many Chrysler products.