Canadian vehicle makers have started to report their June sales results. What follows is a summary of how they did.
Ford Motor Company of Canada continued to lead the market in June and year-to-date. Car sales were powered by Ford Fiesta, which saw its best month ever with a 16 per cent increase. June also saw strong demand for Edge and Flex, which had sales increases of 22 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively. Continuing the momentum, F-150 sales were up 8 per cent.
Kia Canada recorded its best June ever with 7,782 new vehicles sold, equaling a 10 per cent growth when compared to June 2011. While accomplishing an industry leading 42 months of continued sales growth, Kia achieved its best first six months of the year ever with 39,298 units sold, representing an 18.7 per cent year-over-year increase. Driving volume sales for the month of June were four key vehicle lines, representing a variety of Kia’s product portfolio. The Forte family, including the sedan, Koup and five-door, was Kia’s premier volume seller for the second straight month, achieving 1,794 reported units. The Optima mid-size sedan contributed to the tune of 1,241 units sold. The Sorento SUV experienced strong sales results as well, with 1,200 units reported.
Chrysler Canada announced its 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, representing the longest sales streak in the company’s history. June 2012 sales were 23,705 compared with 23,576 in June 2011, representing a 1 per cent increase. Year-to-date, the company has sold 130,286 vehicles in Canada, representing a 7 per cent increase over the same period in 2011.The Windsor-built Dodge Grand Caravan set an all time record sales month in June 2012 with 6,103 units, representing an increase of 10 per cent over June 2011, which had 5,553 sales. Also from the Dodge brand, a June sales record was set for the Dodge Journey. With 2,580 new vehicles sold, Dodge Journey sales are up 21 per cent from 2,134 vehicles sold in the same month, one year ago.
New models across all three brands drove June sales of Toyota, Lexus and Scion passenger cars, SUVs and trucks to 19,104 — up 66.6 per cent versus June 2011. This included a new June record for trucks across all three brands — a 39.9 per cent year over year boost to 7,738. June marked a strong finish to the first half of the year for Toyota Canada, which reported sales of 98,032 vehicles — up 24.1 per cent compared to the first six months of 2011. “Early this year we predicted that 2012 would be The Year of the Hybrid at Toyota — and at the halfway point, Canadians have embraced Toyota hybrids in impressive numbers, with 7,857 sold,” said Tony Wearing, senior managing director, Toyota Canada, in a statement. “Beyond hybrids, Canadians have been visiting dealerships in record numbers to purchase new models such as the Camry and Yaris Hatch, which demonstrate Toyota’s renewed commitment to emotional vehicle design.”
Hyundai Auto Canada announced that its sales of 71,642 units during the first six months of 2012 has set a new company record with an increase of 4.3 per cent over the same period last year. During the month of June, the company sold 13,761 units representing an increase of 2.4 per cent over the same month last year. With sales of 180 units, June marked a new best month for sales in the history of the Genesis luxury sedan (previously May, 2012). Similarly, the Veloster three-door coupe saw its best month yet with sales of 678 units, as did the Elantra.
Volkswagen Canada, which celebrates its 60thanniversary this year, announced June sales of 5,500 cars and light trucks. This was the company’s best-ever result for the month, and betters the previous mark, set just last year, by 10 per cent. Volkswagen’s 135 dealers have delivered 28,862 new vehicles through the first half of the year, 7 per cent above last year’s record pace. June sales of the Jetta totaled 2,381, with year-to-date figures numbering 12,385. The Passat accounted for 702 sales for the month, and total 3,929 for the year. The full Volkswagen lineup includes a variety of sedans, hatchbacks and coupes, such as the Beetle and CC. The Touareg and Tiguan SUVs add another level of versatility to the mix. Volkswagen also offers one of the widest arrays of powerful and fuel efficient engines, including the TDI Clean Diesel.
Mazda Canada’s sales for June 2012 showed an increase of 3 per cent over June 2011. With a total of 7,250 vehicles sold, Mazda Canada continues strong year-to-date sales, which are up 8 per cent over 2011. Total sales for the first half of 2012 were 37,607. June sales were led by Mazda3, selling 4,089 units and adding to year-to-date growth of 10 per cent for the nameplate. Mazda3 is available with new fuel-saving SKYACTIV Technology, and sales were once again spurred by this new powertrain, contributing to 35 per cent of all Mazda3 sales in June. According to the company, CX-5 demand continues to outstrip supply in Canada, as well as in all other markets globally. In response to this global demand for Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology, Mazda Motor announced on July 3 that it will double production capacity at its engine plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
Subaru Canada announced a new sales record for the June as 2,576 units were sold this month, up 3.7 per cent over the same month last year. Year-to-date sales have also been on the rise with results up 3.7 per cent over the same period in 2011. It was also a record June for the 2012 Subaru Impreza with sales up 21.6 per cent. With seven months of consecutive sales records, the 2012 Impreza is also up 50.1 per cent year to date. Strong monthly sales can also partially be attributed to the introduction of Subaru’s brand new rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. The 2013 Subaru BRZ had a strong first month of sales as it sold 185 per cent over projections for June.
BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported a year-to-date increase of 9.2 per cent with its June 2012 sales results. The Group has sold a total of 18,440 units this year, marking its best first half ever. Results for the month of June were 4,068 retails, which represents a decrease of 2.3 per cent compared to June, 2011. BMW: The BMW brand reported 15,339 units year-to-date, representing an increase of 6.1 per cent over last year. For the month of June, the BMW brand reported 3,288 units retailed, a decrease of 6.4 per cent compared to June 2011. June saw strong sales of the 5 Series, X1 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles. MINI: MINI set a new record for its best-ever month with 780 units retailed, a 19.6 per cent increase over June 2011. June marks the second consecutive best-ever month for the MINI brand. On the year, MINI has retailed a total of 3,101 units, up 27.1 per cent over the same period last year. The first MINI model of the now six-member family, the MINI Hatch, continued its sales momentum in June.
Combined June sales of 13,557 units by the Honda and Acura divisions of Honda Canada represented a 42 per cent increase over last year’s sales. The Honda Automobile Division reported June sales of 12,047 units, up 43 per cent from last year, led by record sales of Honda CR-V (up 228 per cent), Fit (up 141 per cent), Pilot (up 78 per cent) and Ridgeline (up 73 per cent). The Acura Division reported June sales of 1,510 units, up 33 per cent over last year, with record sales of Acura RDX (up 169 per cent) and TSX (up 102 per cent).
Nissan Canada reported record sales of 47,105 units for the first half of 2012, up 8.1 per cent over the same period last year, and the second-best month on record with 9,872 units sold. Infiniti is tracking up 23.4 per cent for the year with 4,005 units sold, while sales of Nissan total 43,100 units, up 6.9 per cent calendar year-to-date. With sales of 9,116 units across the Nissan line-up, several models recorded best-ever months in June including the Nissan NV commercial vehicle line-up with 131 units sold, up 138.2 per cent over June 2011. Nissan pick-up trucks continued to break records with best-ever months for the Titan (388 units, up 148.7 per cent) and Frontier (368 units, up 25.2 per cent). With 580 units sold in June (up 45.7 per cent), Nissan Juke broke its previous monthly sales records. Nissan’s crossovers recorded best-ever June sales with Rogue and Murano sales totalling 1,423 and 676 units, respectively (up 78.1 and 190.1 per cent). Infiniti sales climbed 24.5 per cent in June with 756 units sold. The all-new Infiniti JX luxury crossover remains the most popular vehicle in the Infiniti line-up with 352 units sold in June.
Mercedes-Benz Canada and its national dealer network reported that the company has retailed a total of 3,586 Mercedes-Benz and smart units in June. This represents an increase of 9.1 per cent for the month, and propels year-to-date growth to 9 per cent with an impressive 18,273 units delivered throughout the first half of 2012. In addition, the company also celebrated the best second quarter results in its history with 10,020 units delivered in the last three months. A total of 3,035 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and luxury light trucks were sold in June, which is ahead 8.9 per cent for the month. With 15,944 units delivered year-to-date, overall sales showed a gain of 9.9 per cent or 1,441 units. Passenger car sales added up to 1,749 units in June, which was ahead 2.4 per cent for the month and fueled by strong C-Class, E-Class, CLS-Class, S-Class and SL-Class sales. A total of 1,126 C-Class sedans and coupes were retailed in Canada in June, while S-Class sales were also up a notable 17.6 per cent for the month. smart reported a total of 241 vehicles sold in June, which represents an increase of 12.1 per cent. A total of 957 smart fortwos have been retailed so far in 2012.
GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA
The Chevrolet Sonic continued its strong performance with its second straight record-breaking sales month, leading Chevrolet small cars’ 50 per cent sales increase for the calendar year. Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers reported 22,869 deliveries in June 2012. Buick continued its strong sales performance with its second consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year increases. Sales of the all new Verano are driving Buick’s growth as customers embrace Buick’s first entry into the small luxury segment.
Led by the Mitsubishi RVR compact crossover, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) recorded 2,089 sales last month, an increase of 9.3 per cent versus 1,911 sales in June 2011, and the best June result in the company’s 10-year history in Canada. Last month’s sales included a record 821 deliveries of the Mitsubishi RVR, while Mitsubishi’s top-selling car, Lancer and its Sportback, Ralliart and Evolution models, notched 712 deliveries. The mid-size Outlander crossover saw 494 sales. The all-electric, four-passenger i-MiEV hit 21 sales in June bringing total i-MiEV sales to 138 units. Total year-to-date MMSCAN sales are 10,310 vehicles.
JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA
Jaguar Land Rover North America, which has offices across the USA and Canada, reported June 2012 sales recently. Land Rover sales for the month were 3,602 up 14 per cent from 3,152 in 2011; Jaguar sales for the month were 1,030 down 26 per cent from 1,389 in 2011; Jaguar Land Rover North America sales for the month were 4,632 up 2 per cent from 4,541 units in 2011. For the first half of 2012, Jaguar Land Rover North America is up 16 per cent.