September 19, 2007
Honda Civic and Ford F-Series continue to top Canadian new-vehicle sales
Richmond Hill, Ontario – Strong sales of the Honda Civic and Ford F-Series helped keep those vehicles at the top of new-car vehicle lists for August, says industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The two models also topped year-to-date sales to the end of August.
“Earlier this year it looked like two or three passenger cars could possibly upset the Honda Civic’s lock on the best-selling passenger car in Canada,” DesRosiers says. “August’s sales results should put that notion to rest. The Civic sales were up 30.7 per cent in Canada in August and are now up 9.6 per cent year-to-date. A number of other small entry-level vehicles are having a great year as well, but none of them will capture the best-selling car award, at least in 2007.”
DesRosiers notes that the F-Series is “starting to put some distance between itself and the rest of the pack,” with sales up 4.7 per cent this year. The Dodge Caravan, the only vehicle to outsell it in previous years, is now down 10.8 per cent year-to-date. DesRosiers also says that large pickups “are selling very well in Canada, unlike in the U.S., with sales up 11.8 per cent to the end of August. One of the reasons for this is that pickups were exempt from the Federal Feebate tax, so buyers who really wanted a larger vehicle have just moved from buying large SUVs to large pickups and avoided the tax in the process.” He notes that sales of large SUVs are down 16.5 per cent.
In order, the top ten best-selling passenger cars in Canada in August were the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cobalt, Toyota Yaris, Ford Focus, Toyota Camry, Pontiac Pursuit/G5, Nissan Versa and Toyota Matrix.
Year-to-date to the end of August, the top ten were the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Cobalt, Toyota Camry, Pontiac Pursuit/G5, Ford Focus, Toyota Matrix and Nissan Versa.
Among light-duty trucks, the top ten in August, in order, were the Ford F-Series, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Escape/Escape Hybrid, GMC Sierra, Ford Ranger, Honda CR-V, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Chevrolet Uplander.
Year-to-date to the end of August, the top ten were the Ford F-Series, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford Escape/Escape Hybrid, Ford Ranger, Pontiac Montana SV6, Chevrolet Uplander and Honda CR-V.