As we head towards the holiday season, there is no sign that Canadian consumers have any intention of discontinuing their new vehicle shopping spree, as the 2016 models arrive in showrooms. Overall sales grew 4.9 per cent over November 2015, to 145,426 units. Year to date, those numbers translate to a 2.9 per cent gain to 1,769,611 vehicles.
The battle rages on at the top of the charts, with General Motors eeking out a lead over Fiat Chrysler Automobiles(FCA), selling 21,812 vehicles over the latter’s 21,038. That is 13.2 per cent growth for GM and a more modest 0.6 per cent for FCA. Ford once again came third with a 3.1 per cent increase to 20,685 units. Toyota and Honda round out the top five, selling 14,016 and 13,025 respectively.
The truck over car shift continues, as passenger car sales dropped by 7.8 per cent to 50,306 vehicles. Light truck sales are booming as Canadians remain addicted to sport utility and crossover vehicles, with that market seeing a 12.8 per cent boost to 95,120 vehicles.
The pace of sales have been impressive across the board, but several brands are of special note. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru have all already surpassed their 2015 sales totals, with a full month still to go.
Top 30 Canadian models for November
Sales chart courtesy of Good Car, Bad Car
Photo credit: Gary Grant