Canada’s 10 best-selling SUV manufacturers in 2022’s first-half

Throughout a six-month span stuffed with of extreme provide constraints, these auto manufacturers had been nonetheless delivering roughly 1,700 SUVs/crossovers per day

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In Canada, 425,000 SUVs and crossovers had been bought in the course of the first-half of the 12 months. 5 auto manufacturers that promote probably the most utility autos account for practically half that quantity.

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However who’re they? And which different automakers carve out a bunch of 10 prime finishers that management over 70 per cent of Canada’s SUV market? Primarily, they’re manufacturers historically labeled not as domestics — not the Detroit Three — however fairly the so-called import manufacturers.

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Rewind 15 years: throughout Canada’s complete SUV spectrum, Normal Motors, Ford Motor Firm, and Chrysler Group owned 52 per cent of a booming utility car market. Don’t assume for a minute that America’s producers misplaced their grip on the automotive market as a result of they couldn’t sustain on the passenger automobile facet of the ledger. Mixed, these three producers have seen their share of Canada’s utility car market fall to only 29 per cent over the past decade and a half.

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Would you will have guessed, in 2007, that by 2022 Hyundai would promote practically 3 times extra SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet? Or that Mazda’s share of Canada’s SUV market can be 5 per cent, two factors higher than GMC’s? Even if you happen to noticed that coming, absolutely there’s no report of anybody forecasting that Dodge would promote fewer SUVs than Porsche.

In different phrases, the manufacturers we had been least more likely to affiliate with SUVs and crossovers now dominate Canada’s SUV/crossover market. And what a market it’s. Over 55 per cent of all auto gross sales at the moment are utility autos. (Throw in pickups, minivans, and cargo vans and “gentle vans” account for 83 per cent of all auto gross sales.) Even throughout a six-month span stuffed stuffed with of extreme provide constraints, Canada’s 10 best-selling SUV manufacturers had been nonetheless delivering roughly 1,700 SUVs/crossovers per day.

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These are 2022’s top-selling SUV manufacturers in Canada on the midway mark.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Execline
2022 Volkswagen Atlas Execline Photograph by Renita Naraine

10. Volkswagen: 18,025, up 15 per cent

In a market that had lengthy since gone loopy for SUVs, the Volkswagen Canada of six years in the past produced solely one-fifth of its whole quantity with utility autos. That was Volkswagen pre-Atlas; the Volkswagen nonetheless languishing with the first-generation Tiguan. Volkswagen Canada now produces 82 per cent of its gross sales with utility autos, and within the first-half of 2022 Volkswagen Canada reported 43-per-cent extra SUV/crossover gross sales than in all of 2016.

9. Subaru: 18,951, down 19 per cent

If solely each consequence at Subaru was as candy because the Outback’s. Gross sales of the sixth-gen Outback jumped 20 per cent within the second-quarter for a 17-per-cent first-half surge to five,838 models. Sadly, Subaru’s different trio of utility autos — Ascent, Forester, Crosstrek — plunged 28 per cent, a lack of greater than 5,000 gross sales in the course of the first six months of the 12 months.

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8. Kia: 20,396, down 17 per cent

Whereas Kia’s Korean companion model (Hyundai) has had sufficient SUVs to develop the model’s share of the Canadian utility car market, Kia has not been equivalently lucky. Take the Sorento, for instance, which over the past decade secured a high-volume basis for the Kia model. Sorento gross sales slid 19 per cent to 4,169 models within the first-half; 41 per cent to only one,823 gross sales in Q2. In 2020, the primary pandemic-afflicted 12 months, Kia truly gained extra market share than another model in Canada.

2023 Mazda CX-50
2023 Mazda CX-50 Photograph by Clayton Seams

7. Mazda: 20,922, down 21 per cent

If Mazda’s 23-per-cent second-quarter drop in CX-branded fashions wasn’t unhealthy sufficient, think about what it might have been like had Mazda not included an all-new mannequin within the combine. Exclude the CX-50 and Mazda utility car gross sales truly slipped 29 per cent between April and June. The most important challenge wasn’t Mazda’s top-selling CX-5 however fairly the smaller CX-30, gross sales of which fell off a cliff, sliding 38 per cent to three,705 within the first-half of the 12 months.

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6. Honda: 25,661, down 30 per cent

Honda has repeatedly outlined 2022 as The 12 months Of The SUV, but it surely’s definitely not as a result of the model is promoting sufficient of them. (2022 is Honda’s YOTSUV due to the HR-V, CR-V, and ultimately new Pilot debuts.) Prematurely of transitioning to new iterations of widespread nameplates, Honda shed 11,020 first-half gross sales. The CR-V, happily for Honda, continued as Canada’s second-best-selling SUV/crossover.

5. Nissan: 29,254, down 32 per cent

Amongst Canada’s 18 highest-volume SUV manufacturers in early 2022, none have fallen farther from 2021’s tempo than Nissan. At major fault is the model’s long-time No.1 vendor, the Rogue, gross sales of which tumbled 47 per cent within the first-half. That drop alone price Nissan Canada’s sellers practically 1,400 gross sales per thirty days throughout 2022’s first six months.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

4. Jeep: 31,733, up 17 per cent

It’s not so unusual immediately to consider manufacturers not bothering with passenger vehicles — Lincoln and Buick at the moment are SUV-only manufacturers — however Jeep was an completely light-truck marque lengthy earlier than it was in vogue. Iconic nameplates like Wrangler and Grand Cherokee do the heavy lifting at Jeep. The duo generates 7 out of each 10 Jeep gross sales in Canada. And whereas the business is in turmoil, Jeep is in some way manufacturing (and promoting) extra autos this 12 months than final.

3. Ford: 43,637, up 20 per cent

The highest American model amongst Canada’s best-selling SUV manufacturers excelled in 2022’s first-half regardless of digital absenteeism within the subcompact crossover sector. The soon-to-be-extinct EcoSport contributed solely 955 first-half gross sales within the vibrant entry-level phase, however Ford produced massive numbers due to enter from seven different nameplates: Bronco, Bronco Sport, Edge, Expedition, Explorer, Mustang Mach-E, and top-selling Escape. Ford’s No.1 vendor is a pickup — there have been 50,440 F-Sequence pickups bought in 2022’s first six months.

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2. Hyundai: 43,658, down 6 per cent

In an business that fell by greater than 11 per cent throughout 2022’s first six months, Hyundai’s 6-per-cent drop simply outpaces the business at giant. With assist from the brand new, hatchback-shaped, all-electric Ioniq 5, Hyundai’s share of Canada’s utility car market grew from 9.8 per cent a 12 months in the past to 10.3 p.c in 2022. Hyundai’s prime SUV is the subcompact Kona, with 13,673 gross sales between January and June.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Photograph by Brian Harper

1. Toyota: 51,355, down 13 per cent

Even with a RAV4 that tumbled 24 per cent, year-over-year, in the course of the first-half, Toyota stays far and away the clear No.1 vendor of SUVs and crossovers in Canada. Actually, the RAV4 — by itself — outsells all however the prime 5 SUV manufacturers. Furthermore, whereas the RAV4 (Canada’s best-selling SUV) clearly powers Toyota to segment-busting heights, Toyota’s broad lineup exerts loads of management outdoors of the RAV4’s affect. The 4Runner, C-HR, Corolla Cross, Highlander, Sequoia, and Venza mixed for 22,676 first-half gross sales.


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