Continuing this theme of making things right, Ram’s Pickup gained three spots on the sales chart, jumping from fifth in December to its normal second-place standing last month, but following January’s usual downward trend, its 6,837 deliveries were actually off by -13.2 percent MoM, although on the positive, its year-over-year (YoY) result was up 9.8 percent.
January also saw a return to glory for General Motors’ full-size fraternal twin pickups, with the GMC Sierra once again leading with 5,334 examples down Canadian roads, compared to 4,633 units for the Chevrolet Silverado. If we were to combine their sales, their collective 9,967 deliveries actually place GM’s full-size trucks atop the entire industry, which is unusually good for the Detroit-based automaker, but as it is, sales statistics are calculated by brand instead of carmaker, so Ford remains number one with its F-Series. Lastly, the two models also saw YoY improvements, with the Silverado showing impressive 39.0 percent growth, and the Sierra up 27.7 percent.
Continuing business as usual, compact crossovers once again made up a significant portion of January’s top-10, with the always strong selling Toyota RAV4 placing fifth overall and first amongst non-truck vehicles with 3,699 deliveries, which actually shows a MoM downturn of -41.4 percent, despite a four-position move upward in its top-10 popularity. From a YoY perspective, however, the RAV4 was only off by -4.7 percent, which while hardly celebratory, could’ve been worse.
Landing in sixth place overall and second amongst non-truck vehicles, Nissan’s Rogue wasn’t even ranked in the top-10 last month, but thanks to 2,950 unit-sales it placed ahead of Honda’s venerable CR-V and Mazda’s CX-5, which came in seventh and eighth in January, with 2,858 and 1,711 deliveries respectively. This result represents a sizeable fall from grace for both, being that the CR-V was number-one out of all vehicles sold last month, and the CX-5 placed fourth, which means the compact Honda’s MoM sales plunged -76.2 percent, while Mazda’s challenger dropped -78.4 percent MoM. As for their YoY results, the CR-V saw last month’s sales dip by -24.6 percent when compared to January of 2020, while the CX-5 actually grew its sales by 11.7 percent. The Rogue, which wasn’t even on the top-10 list last month, gained 40.6 percent YoY.
Putting things further back in order, Canada’s two most popular cars rounded out January’s top-10 list, with the Honda Civic appropriately placed above Toyota’s Corolla. While ninth and 10th are lower than these two models normally rank, the result does follow a trend toward crossover SUVs, while it also should be noted the Civic will be replaced with an all-new model later this year. As it is, Honda sold a total of 1,703 Civics last month, while Toyota delivered 1,595 Corollas, which represents a -56.5-percent reduction in YoY sales by the former, and a downturn of -38.4 percent for the latter. This dramatic decline may prove the previous point of fading popularity in the car sector, although this popular twosome isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.