Ford’s F-Series tops the truck charts
Honda’s perennial best-selling Civic model topped the latest monthly and year-to-date passenger car sales in Canada. In the light-truck segment, the Ford F-Series pickup led the way in November sales and for the 2006 model year, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.
Canadians bought 5,585 Civic sedans and coupes in November 2006, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, outstripping the 2,927 registered by the Mazda3 in second spot.
The year-to-date numbers through November show the Civic with 63,350 sales, a healthy advantage over the 45,215 reported for the Mazda3. Toyota’s Corolla and Yaris models occupied third and fourth places, with sales of 41,812 and 32,612 respectively. Rounding out the top ten best sellers in the passenger car ranks were the Chevrolet Cobalt in fifth (28,704) followed by the Toyota Camry (26,023), Ford Focus (25,732), Pontiac Pursuit (23,132), Toyota Matrix (22,405) and Chevrolet Impala (19,609).
According to DesRosiers, what is surprising is that in November the only vehicle segment that showed any growth was entry-level vehicles. "Gas prices nosed-dived and you would expect some consumers would have migrated back to the larger vehicles. Not so, and this demonstrates how responsible Canadian consumers are with their vehicle purchases from an environmental perspective," observed DesRosiers.
On the light truck side, Ford’s F-Series continues to lead the way, recording 5,568 sales for November and 66,213 year-to-date. Dodge’s Ram pickup, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford Ranger followed in that order.
In the minivan ranks, the Dodge Caravan tops the list with 4,446 in November sales and 57,614 year-to-date. The only other vans to crack the top ten chart were Chevrolet’s Uplander and its Pontiac Montana SV6 corporate twin in seventh and eight places with year-to-dare sales of 19,157 and 18,184 respectively.
Compact SUVs made up the remainder of the top ten truck entries with the Ford Escape/Hybrid in sixth spot on 23,136 year-to-date sales, followed by Honda’s CR-V in ninth with 15,930.
It’s doubtful whether these positions will change much once we know the December numbers and the 2006 model-year winners are declared.
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