The 2015 calendar year has just come to a close, and once again, sales reached record heights. Canadians bought and leased a total of 1,898,485 new cars and trucks, which represents a 2.5% increase over 2014.
First and foremost, the Honda Civic is once again the best-selling car in Canada, while the Ford F-Series pickup is the most popular and truck for the 50th consecutive year. Overall, car sales decreased by 6.3% while light-truck sales rose by 8.8%. Canadians are continuing to show their preference for light trucks with a proportion of 62% (up from 59% in 2014). However, let’s keep in mind that car-based crossovers – such as the Kia Soul and the Jeep Renegade, for example – are categorized as trucks.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the number-one car company in Canada with 293,000 units sold. That includes Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands combined. FCA is followed by Ford and General Motors, who recorded numbers of 278,400 and 263,300 sales, respectively.
MINI increased its sales total by 31% in 2015 compared to the previous year, while Porsche also performed well with 30% sales hike. Lexus (25%), Land Rover (23%) and Mercedes-Benz (15%) also celebrated significant sales increases.
On the other hand, the smart brand struggled through 2015, stuck between two generations of its fortwo minicar, and sales nosedived by 72%. Mitsubishi’s business decreased by 6%, although they did mention that they intentionally reduced fleet sales, and that their retail sales were up. Other manufacturers who saw their sales drop in 2015 are Jaguar (-11%), Ford (-5%), Kia (-3%), Hyundai (-2%) and Mazda (-0.5%).