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Canadian auto gross sales climbed to an all-time document excessive in 2013, leaping previous the 1.7-million mark for the primary time since 2002. The trade bettered that complete in 2014, topped 2014’s complete in 2015, and set a brand new document in 2016.

Whereas U.S. auto gross sales proceed to fall, sliding 2 p.c in August and three p.c via the primary two-thirds of 2017, Canadian auto gross sales in August 2017 improved for a fourth consecutive month and the seventh month to date this yr. Furthermore, the enhancements have been something however modest. An 11-percent uptick in Could was adopted up by a 6-percent June improve, a 5-percent July improve, and a 7-percent August rise.

In reality, so robust are Canadian auto gross sales via the primary two-thirds of 2017 that catastrophe would wish to strike within the remaining 4 months of the yr to ensure that 2017 not to be the most effective yr ever for the Canadian auto trade.

Catastrophe seems unlikely.

After exceeding the gross sales complete of 2016’s first eight months by 70,000 items in 2017’s first eight months, automakers competing in Canada want solely promote 545,000 new automobiles within the remaining 4 months of the yr to set one more annual document.

The auto trade generated 615,000 gross sales through the remaining 4 months of 2016.

That signifies that even an 11-percent year-over-year drop in auto gross sales — the sort of decline Canada’s auto trade hasn’t seen because the recession of 2009 — wouldn’t be sufficient to cease the trade from reporting best-ever auto gross sales in 2017. If such a chance appeared remotely seemingly when April quantity slid 2 p.c, the fast progress achieved by the trade over the summer time has all however eradicated such a prospect.

August’s outcomes had been the newest to strongly counsel that Canadians are hungrier than ever for brand new automobiles. Passenger automobile quantity rose marginally; mild truck gross sales jumped 11 p.c to kind 68 p.c of latest car gross sales.

The best-volume August in historical past was made potential largely by a large 29-percent bounce at Basic Motors, equal to six,434 extra gross sales, year-over-year. GM pickup truck quantity shot up 51 p.c to 15,109 items, greater than half of GM Canada’s complete quantity. GM outsold all different automakers in Canada — a daily prevalence south of the border however not an atypical achievement for GM Canada — as common No.1 Ford Motor Firm fell 6 p.c and Fiat Chrysler Vehicles quantity tumbled 9 p.c.

GM was hardly the one excessive achiever in August, nevertheless. Volkswagen quantity jumped 72 p.c because of a tripling of SUV/crossover gross sales, driving the model’s market share up from three.1 p.c in August 2016 to Four.9 p.c in August 2017.

Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Porsche all reported double-digit share beneficial properties. The Honda model was up 6 p.c on robust Civic gross sales. Regardless of passenger automobile malaise, the Civic is on observe for its 20th consecutive yr as Canada’s best-selling automobile because of a document tempo via the primary eight months of the yr. Complete Toyota quantity rose Eight p.c because the Corolla and RAV4, the automaker’s two high sellers, each reported significant beneficial properties. Mazda additionally reported an Eight-percent rise, Subaru was up practically 10 p.c, and BMW reported Four p.c progress.

That left Acura and Hyundai as the key outliers. Acura gross sales tumbled 21 p.c as gross sales of each mannequin within the lineup save the TLX declined on a year-over-year foundation. Even the crossover duo was down 24 p.c.

Hyundai, in the meantime, reported the model’s 11th decline within the final 12 months — an 11-percent drop attributable to the model’s (more and more much less) high-volume vehicles. The Accent, admittedly approaching a substitute part, joined the Elantra and Sonata in shedding 16 p.c of their August quantity. Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe XL quantity dipped, as properly. The Tucson’s 67-percent improve was the model’s saving grace.

Prime-tier car strains proceed to exert inordinate management over the Canadian market. The Ford F-Sequence, Ram P/U, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Toyota RAV4 — the six best-selling automobiles in August — produced greater than one-quarter of the trade’s gross sales final month. That’s greater than Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, and Subaru mixed.

Auto Model Aug. 2017 Aug. 2016 % Change 2017 YTD 2016 YTD % Change
Ford 26,601 28,213 -5.7% 209,536 203,Zero72 three.2%
Toyota 17,950 16,659 7.7% 137,Zero12 136,Zero19 Zero.7%
Honda 16,719 15,764 6.1% 123,700 111,303 11.1%
Chevrolet 16,211 12,751 27.1% 116,492 98,612 18.1%
Nissan 11,970 10,521 13.Eight% 92,573 84,984 Eight.9%
Hyundai 11,949 13,405 -10.9% 91,271 100,630 -9.three%
GMC 9,898 6,969 42.Zero% 67,475 55,487 21.6%
Volkswagen 9,Zero32 5,253 71.9% 45,221 42,650 6.Zero%
Ram Eight,447 6,615 27.7% 76,952 66,398 15.9%
Kia 7,692 6,688 15.Zero% 51,932 49,533 Four.Eight%
Mazda 7,036 6,546 7.5% 50,134 46,746 7.2%
Jeep 6,034 6,416 -6.Zero% 50,351 59,342 -15.2%
Subaru Four,950 Four,512 9.7% 35,837 32,637 9.Eight%
Dodge Four,355 6,836 -36.three% 54,654 59,109 -7.5%
Mercedes-Benz Four,216 three,719 13.Four% 34,803 31,087 12.Zero%
Audi three,292 2,597 26.Eight% 24,675 20,662 19.Four%
BMW three,040 2,950 three.1% 24,823 24,643 Zero.7%
Lexus 2,086 1,972 5.Eight% 16,268 14,294 13.Eight%
Mitsubishi 2,Zero50 2,056 -Zero.three% 15,418 15,194 1.5%
Acura 1,632 2,064 -20.9% 12,698 12,925 -1.Eight%
Buick 1,597 1,667 -Four.2% 12,457 12,418 Zero.three%
Cadillac 1,275 1,160 9.9% Eight,905 7,487 18.9%
Infiniti 1,193 987 20.9% Eight,314 7,572 9.Eight%
Porsche 785 689 13.9% 5,364 Four,730 13.Four%
Land Rover 732 660 10.9% 6,001 6,Zero66 -1.1%
Lincoln 685 769 -10.9% 5,688 5,523 three.Zero%
Chrysler 613 1,580 -61.2% 10,266 12,220 -16.Zero%
Mini 589 625 -5.Eight% Four,488 Four,456 Zero.7%
Volvo 572 568 Zero.7% Four,383 Four,275 2.5%
Jaguar 390 341 14.Four% three,217 1,712 87.9%
Alfa Romeo 121 9 1244% 425 53 702%
Fiat 78 171 -54.Four% 2,041 1,613 26.5%
Maserati 75 20 275% 901 333 171%
Genesis 55 328
Good 25 282 -91.1% 244 935 -73.9%
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Basic Motors 28,981 22,547 28.5% 205,329 174,004 18.Zero%
Ford Motor Firm 27,286 28,982 -5.9% 215,224 208,595 three.2%
Toyota Canada 20,036 18,631 7.5% 153,280 150,313 2.Zero%
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group 19,696 20,093 -2.Zero% 143,531 150,163 -Four.Four%
Fiat Chrysler Vehicles 19,648 21,627 -9.2% 194,689 198,735 -2.Zero%
Honda Canada 18,351 17,828 2.9% 136,398 124,228 9.Eight%
Nissan/Infiniti/Mitsubishi 15,213 13,564 12.2% 116,305 107,750 7.9%
Volkswagen Group 13,109 Eight,539 53.5% 75,260 68,042 10.6%
Mercedes-Benz Canada Four,241 Four,001 6.Zero% 35,047 32,022 9.Four%
BMW Group three,629 three,575 1.5% 29,311 29,099 Zero.7%
Jaguar-Land Rover 1,122 1,001 12.1% 9,218 7,778 18.5%
Trade Complete 183,945 172,034 6.9% 1,404,847 1,334,720 5.three%

Supply: International Automakers Of Canada

[Image: General Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.

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