The upset has allowed for an all-new best-seller, and unexpectedly it wasn’t the perennially second-rung Ram Pickup, which instead saw its 6,894-unit October tally fall by 24.6 percent MoM, and rise by 2.4 percent year-over-year (YoY), whereas Toyota experienced a massive rush of Canadian consumers purchasing its already popular RAV4, with MoM sales growing by a surprising 80.4 percent to 12,444 units, a process that also saw its YoY results increase by a shocking 96.0 percent. Such growth is hardly normal for a significantly redesigned model, but the current fifth-generation RAV4 started production in November of 2018, almost two years ago, making this model’s incredible gains all the more interesting.
Additionally, Toyota has two more reasons to celebrate its October sales, the first being its Corolla that passed Honda’s Civic to become Canada’s most popular car for the first time since April, while right on its heels was the Tacoma that entered the top-10 list of overall best-sellers for the first time in memory. The fourth-place Corolla’s success is due to MoM growth of 43.5 percent to 5,612 deliveries, the considerably higher total also representing a 32.2-percent increase YoY, whereas the Tacoma entered its coveted ninth-place status thanks to 3,306 total unit-sales, representing a staggering 420.6-percent YoY upsurge.
Honda’s CR-V only had to climb up two positions in order to claim fifth on Canada’s new vehicle sales chart last month, compared to four places for the Corolla, thanks to deliveries of 5,059 units that represented MoM growth of 12.4 percent, albeit a YoY downturn of -11.4 percent, whereas the Japanese brand’s aforementioned Civic dropped three positions from fourth to seventh due to sales of 4,466 units that represent a 12.6-percent decline MoM and a 14.0-percent tumble YoY.
Interestingly, the Civic managed to split the sales of General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks last month, with the Chevrolet Silverado unusually besting the GMC Sierra for in-house popularity honours due to 4,953 deliveries of the former and 4,126 of the latter. This represented 0.9 percent MoM and 11.8 percent YoY increases for the Silverado, while the Sierra saw MoM growth of 16.1 percent, yet a YoY subtraction of -7.6 percent. Notably, the two models’ combined sales of 9,079 units made GM the top-selling full-size truck producer in Canada during October, something that may just have been worthy of raising a glass to in Oshawa.
Lastly, Mazda’s CX-5 once again re-entered Canada’s top-10 best-sellers list in October, something it hasn’t done since June when it managed a solid sixth-place finish due to 2,909 sales. This time around it took 3,153 deliveries to achieve 10th place in the monthly standings, a result that represented 16.2 percent growth YoY.