May sales dip 0.6% but total to date still ahead of last year







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Automaker May 2018 May 2017 Pct. chng. 5 month
2018
5 month
2017
Pct. chng.
  BMW Canada 4,756 4,392 8.3% 18,921 17,752 6.6%
    BMW 3,886 3,540 9.8% 16,116 15,023 7.3%
    Mini 861 844 2.0% 2,760 2,689 2.6%
    Rolls-Royce 9 8 12.5% 45 40 12.5%
  FCA Canada 28,276 33,307 -15.1% 112,724 124,261 10.0%
    Alfa Romeo 152 68 123.5% 645 138 367.4%
    Chrysler 1,606 1,874 -14.3% 6,067 8,171 -25.8%
    Dodge 6,041 8,628 -30.0% 27,993 36,930 -24.2%
    Fiat 91 370 -75.4% 304 1,752 -82.6%
    Jeep 7,278 6,722 8.3% 35,678 28,601 24.7%
    Maserati 83 121 -31.4% 392 613 -36.1%
    Ram 13,025 15,524 -16.1% 41,645 49,056 -15.1%
  Ford Motor Co. 33,341 34,475 -3.3% 124,391 127,530 -2.5%
    Ford 32,539 33,584 -3.1% 121,087 124,152 -2.5%
    Lincoln 802 981 -10.0% 3,304 3,378 -2.2%
  General Motors 32,831 31,149 5.4% 127,299 123,345 3.2%
    Buick
    Cadillac
    Chevrolet
    GMC
  Honda Motor Co. 21,698 20,975 3.4% 81,639 80,245 1.7%
    Acura 1,904 1,800 5.8% 7,812 7,530 3.7%
    Honda 19,794 19,175 3.2% 73,827 72,715 1.5%
  Hyundai-Kia Automotive 21,389 22,948 -6.8% 76,614 82,720 -7.4%
    Genesis 140 62 125.8% 400 156 153.2%
    Hyundai 13,963 15,335 -8.9% 47,745 54,031 -11.6%
    Hyundai Auto Canada 14,103 15,397 -8.4% 48,145 54,189 -11.2%
    Kia Canada 7,286 7,551 -3.5% 28,469 28,531 -0.2%
  Jaguar Land Rover 1,200 1,036 15.8% 6,242 5,791 7.8%
    Jaguar 353 378 -6.6% 1,965 2,007 -2.1%
    Land Rover 847 658 28.7% 4,277 3,784 13.0%
  Mazda Canada 7,750 7,250 6.9% 31,103 29,510 5.4%
  McLaren 18 13 38.5% 83 59 40.7%
  Mercedes-Benz Canada 5.031 4,552 10.5% 21,898 21,413 2.3%
    Mercedes-Benz 4,993 4,518 10.5% 21,759 21,264 2.3%
    Smart Canada 38 34 11.8% 139 149 -6.7%
  Mitsubishi Canada 2,711 2,258 20.1% 10,836 9,209 17.7%
  Nissan Canada 14,180 13,943 1.7% 60,219 58,934 2.2%
    Infiniti 944 1,118 -15.6% 4,540 4,938 -8.1%
    Nissan 13,236 12,825 3.2% 55,679 53,996 3.1%
  Nissan/Mitsubishi 16,891 16,201 4.3% 71,055 68,143 4.3%
  Subaru 5,513 5,400 2.1% 22,528 21,345 5.5%
  Tesla Motors** 450 350 28.6% 2,250 1,750 28.6%
  Toyota Canada 24,113 23,893 0.9% 92,771 90,847 2.1%
    Lexus 2,092 2,282 -8.3% 9,045 9,790 -7.6%
    Scion 9 -100.0% 102 -100.0%
    Toyota 22,021 21,602 1.9% 83,726 80,955 3.4%
    Toyota/Scion 22.021 21,611 1.9% 83,726 81,507 3.3%
  Volvo Canada 922 654 41.0% 3,642 2,562 42.2%
  VW Group 11,742 10,670 10.0% 45,918 39,333 16.7%
    Audi 4,207 3,852 9.2% 16,251 14,347 13.3%
    Bentley 18 15 20.0% 84 85 -1.2%
    Lamborghini 19 18 5.6% 95 90 5.6%
    Porsche 874 840 4.0% 3,194 3,069 4.1%
    VW 6,624 5,945 11.4% 26,294 21,742 20.9%
Other* 21 20 5.0% 105 100 5.0%
Total 215,942 217,285 -0.6% 839,183 837,706 -0.2%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center in Detroit, Mich.
*Reflects Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lotus sales.
** Reflects estimated sales.

Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram all saw sales decline 14.3, 30 and 16.1 percent, respectively. Photo credit: Greg Layson

UPDATED: 06/01/18 3:43 pm ET — Adds final total

Who says the car is dead? While Canadian new-vehicle sales in May were down just 0.6 percent to 215,942, according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit, some of the longtime staples in the car segment more than held their own as consumers continue to shift toward trucks.

The Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Dodge Challenger all posted significant sales increases while Ford’s F series and the Ram pickup had solid months, too, in the truck segment.

Total new-vehicle sales through five months of 2018 are essentially on par with the same timeframe last year. So far this year, automakers have sold 839,183 vehicles compared with 837,706 a year ago, good for a 0.2 percent increase.

Here’s a look at how some of the automakers did in May:

JEEP BRIGHT SPOT FOR FCA

FCA Canada saw its sales drop 15 percent in May with only the Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands posting gains.

Jeep sales were up 8.3 percent, due in large part to sales of the redesigned Compass, which saw sales increase 47 percent to 1,594 units.

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Wrangler sales were up 25 percent to 1,772 units and the automaker sold 2,042 Cherokees, with its prices discounted up to 15 percent in May. Cherokee sales ended the month up 73 percent.

Alfa Romeo sales totalled 152 units, up 123.5 percent.

But Chrysler, Dodge, and Ram all saw sales decline 14.3, 30 and 16.1 percent, respectively.

Challenger sales surged 26 percent to 407 units as the last Demon rolled off the line in May. Ram pickup sales totalled 12,440 units, but were down 17 percent.

FORD DOWN DESPITE F SERIES

Ford Canada’s sales fell 3.1 percent overall, but the sales of the high-margin F series were the best on record for the month of May, while the Ford F series Super Duty saw best-ever sales for the second consecutive month. Ford sold 16,039 F-series trucks, up five percent over May 2016.

Ford Focus sales were up seven percent with 1,202 units sold, including a 172 percent in the number of Ford Fusion Hybrid sold — although the automaker didn’t say how many units it sold.

TOYOTA FLAT

Toyota Canada’s total sales were up 0.9 percent in May, stifled by slumping sales of its Lexus luxury brand. It was some of the automaker’s flagship vehicles that kept it from posting a loss when compared with the same month last year.

Lexus sales were off 8.3 percent but Toyota brand sales were up 1.9 percent.

Camry sales surged 26.9 percent to 1,610 units while Prius sales were up 115 percent to 688 units. Yaris sales wee up 25.7 percent to 886 vehicles. Corolla sales slipped 7.1 percent to 5,687 cars.

Overall, truck sales were flat. However, Toyota sold 5,525 RAV4s, the automaker’s most popular vehicle through the first five months of the year — an increase of 3.2 percent.

NISSAN UP SLIGHTLY

Nissan Canada sales inched up 1.7 percent in May, mainly due to Leaf and Qashqai sales.

While sales of the flagship Rogue were still strong from the automaker’s standpoint, they were down 0.6 percent to 4,145 units.

But Nissan sold 906 Leafs (up 642.6 percent) and 1,908 Qasqais (up 899 percent).

The popular Pathfinder and Murano were down 41 and 13.9 percent in the truck segment.

Meanwhile, luxury brand Infiniti saw sales sink 15.6 percent.

HYUNDAI, KIA DOWN

The Hyundai brand slipped 8.9 percent in May when compared to the same month last year. And it’s year-to-date sales remained down 11.6 percent at 47,745 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Kia sales were also down in May, dropping 3.5 percent.

HONDA’S RECORD MAY

Honda Canada Inc. posted record May sales with 21,698 units sold. The Honda brand set its own record with 19,794 units sold.

The CR-V alone had its best May with 5,675 units sold. The popular Civic remained the automaker’s top car with 8,974 sold, an increase of 4.2 percent over last year. However, Accord sales fell 12.7 percent to 1,352 units.

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