Canada’s top 10 auto brands so far in 2019

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Despite the industry’s rapid rate of change – take, for instance, the fact that Canada’s top-selling automotive brand is all but forsaking the passenger car sector – the most popular auto brands of last year are largely the most popular auto brands this year. Apart from Mazda’s disappearance from the top 10 and Kia’s insertion, little has changed beyond some order alterations. With figures from the Global Automakers of Canada, here are the 10 most popular auto brands in Canada in 2019’s first quarter.10. Kia: 14,860, up 7 per centKia Canada grew its Canadian market share by nearly half a percentage point, year-over-year, in early 2019. At the brand’s current rate of growth, 2019 would end as Kia’s highest-volume year in the company’s 20-year history. Improvements from the brand’s top-selling utility vehicle, the Sorento, and the top-selling car, the new-for-2019 Forte, have been integral to the company’s success this year. The pair have added nearly 1,000 sales to date.9. Jeep: 17,297, down 22 per centJeep sold its new Wrangler at unheard-of levels in early 2018, the kind of levels that were simply not going to be repeatable one year later. Indeed, Wrangler volume is down 39 per cent in 2019, but the iconic off-roader is still the brand’s top seller, by far, and accounts for nearly four out of every ten Jeep sales. Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade sales are down sharply, as well.8. GMC: 19,009, down 6 per centAs a truck-focused brand, GMC was boosted by a post-recession market that went crazy for trucks. But as pickup truck sales decline, so too does GMC. Even with a new Sierra, sales of GMC pickup trucks are down 9 per cent so far this year. Making matters worse are the declines faced by other GMC models. The Acadia, Savana, Yukon, and Yukon XL join the Canyon and Sierra on the negative side of the ledger.7. Ram: 20,682, down 5 per centRam’s two commercial vans, the large ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City, reported huge Canadian sales increases in 2019’s first three months: 20 per cent and 213 per cent, respectively. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram brand is nevertheless primarily a pickup truck brand, and its pickup truck sales have fallen 7 per cent to date. With 19,120 sales, Ram’s P/U lineup remains Canada’s second-best-selling line of vehicles.6. Hyundai: 24,263, up 14 per centHyundai’s passenger car volume continues to fall off at an especially sharp rate of decline – the Accent, Elantra, and Sonata combined to lose a fifth of their volume in quarter one. Fortunately for Hyundai, the brand’s crossover lineup is booming. The Tucson has picked up steam, the new Santa Fe has provided a big boost, and the small Kona is likely to soon become the brand’s seller. The Kona, launched at this time a year ago, now accounts for nearly a quarter of Hyundai’s Canadian volume.5. Nissan: 28,655, down 8 per centWith a car lineup that’s plunged 30 per cent so far this year, Nissan’s increasingly popular small crossovers simply don’t generate the kind of appeal necessary to cancel out such sharp declines elsewhere in the lineup. Qashqai and Kicks volume is rising; the duo accounted for 27 per cent of Nissan sales in March, for example. But Nissan’s cars aren’t the only ones fading. The aging Rogue is down 18 per cent, Pathfinder volume is down by more than a fifth, and the Murano is down 8 per cent. Others, from the Titan to the Frontier to the Armada, are sliding, as well.4. Chevrolet: 29,976, down 23 per centYou name it, Chevrolet’s struggling to sell it. Compared with 2018’s first three months, sales of seven Chevrolet passenger car are lower now than they were a year ago, including a 39-percent Camaro drop, a 48-percent Malibu decrease, and predictable plunges from disappearing models such as the Cruze and Sonic. But Chevrolet pickup truck sales are falling, as well, and even utility vehicles such as the Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, and Trax are in decline. 3. Honda: 38,602Almost exactly matching 2018’s first-quarter pace, Honda is powering forward on the strength of two hugely popular models: the Civic and CR-V. Honda intends for the Civic to make 2019 its 22nd consecutive year as Canada’s best-selling car. The CR-V currently ranks as Canada’s top-selling SUV/crossover. Between the pair, Honda found 12,755 of its 17,840 total March sales; 27,157 of its 38,602 year-to-date. Honda also launched the new Passport late in February – 269 have been sold so far.2. Toyota: 48,065, up 2 per centLike Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram, Toyota’s pickup truck sales are declining. The Tacoma and Tundra combined to lose over 1,100 sales in Q1. Unlike those brands, Toyota’s diversified lineup has resulted in a modest passenger car increase in 2019, bucking the industry-wide trend. The launch of a new RAV4 has helped Toyota’s best-selling model to a 13-per cent uptick. 4Runner, C-HR, and Sienna sales are on the rise, as well. Toyota’s market share jumped by more than half a percentage point to 10.4 per cent in the first three months of 2018, according to Desrosiers. See More Videos RELATED TAGSC-HRCivicF-150FordHondaRAV4ToyotaPickup TruckSedanSUVLuxury CarsFeature StoryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Canadian auto sales declined more than 4 per cent, year-over-year, in the first quarter of 2019. That loss of roughly 18,000 sales compared with the same period one year ago still resulted in more than 400,000 total car, SUV, pickup, and van sales in 2019’s first three months. Translated, that means 2019 kicked off with the third-fastest start in the industry’s history.Yet auto sales have declined in 13 consecutive months as demand for passenger cars continues to dry up and as Canada’s huge pickup truck sector begins its return to the norm.Passenger cars now account for barely more than one-quarter of all auto sales. Premium cars, midsize sedans, and subcompacts have all taken major hits. While premium brands have been quick to catch onto the SUV/crossover craze, none have yet been able to produce truly mainstream levels of volume in Canada. In fact, Canada’s three top-selling premium brands (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi) combined for a 14-percent decline worth nearly 4,000 sales in the first three months of the 2019. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Trending Videos 1. Ford: 60,582, up 2 per centFord is, for the most part, getting out of the car business in North America. During that transition phase, however, Ford has reported big increases with certain models: Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus. Together with an increase from the F-Series truck lineup, which accounts for half the brand’s volume, and improvements reported by the EcoSport, Edge, Flex, and Transit vans, Ford sales have risen 2 per cent in 2019. Ford’s share of the Canadian market is now nudging up against the 15 per cent mark. 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