Specifically, Ford’s F-Series found 9,820 new buyers in June, which represented a slight uptick of 4.0 percent since April’s close, while Canada’s most popular work (and play) vehicle was 16.3 percent less popular in June of 2021 than it was during the same month last year; its success in June of 2020 was likely due to pent-up demand in the commercial market after the initial lockdowns of the ongoing health crisis were temporarily lifted.
RAV4 sales of 7,235 units showed similar incremental month-over-month (MoM) growth of 2.1 percent, while Canada’s most popular unibody vehicle increased its June year-over-year (YoY) deliveries by 162.5 percent, hinting at the probability that our consumer market wasn’t quite as ready to step out of its comfort zone as those in the commercial sector.
The Ram Pickup maintained its third position last month, with 6,219 units delivered. This represented a MoM increase of 4.0-percent, just like with the F-Series, while its YoY sales decline wasn’t quite as onerous as Ford’s at just 12.9 percent.
Back to family haulers, the now regularly number-two-selling non-truck, Honda’s CR-V, stepped up from fifth to fourth place in June, displacing the GMC Sierra, one of the two declining GM pickups mentioned at the onset of this overview. The CR-V pulled in 6,041 new buyers last month, resulting in a 19.7-percent MoM sales increase, plus a 345.8-percent jump in YoY deliveries, making it the most improved since June of 2020 in this month’s top-10.
Interestingly, Honda’s Civic managed to sneak into fifth place, pushing the Sierra further down the pecking order while raising the car sector into sales chart heights it hasn’t seen since December of 2020, when it placed second overall. The final June tally was 5,783 units, showing 61.7 percent of increased MoM volume, as well as bragging rights improved by two places since the previous month. Its YoY increase of 13.5 percent wasn’t quite as impressive, which just might be another trend we’ll need to keep an eye out for.
You might have been wondering when we’d get to the slip-sliding GMC Sierra, so suffice to say it managed a rather weak sixth position in June’s top-10, with 5,469 deliveries that nevertheless matched its pickup truck peers in MoM growth of 4.0 percent, although its YoY improvement was even less dramatic at just 1.1 percent. Still, that’s better than going backwards.
If you didn’t see that segue coming, you need to read more of our monthly new car sales overviews, because, while Honda’s Civic has been steadily swimming upstream, Toyota’s Corolla didn’t do quite as well last month, moving from sixth in May to seventh in June, due to a 5,192-unit sales total and 13.1 percent MoM improvement, although its YoY results were much better at 160.8 percent.
Of interest, last month’s 10th-place finisher was another compact car, Hyundai’s Elantra, which hasn’t made this rarified list since June of 2020. Sales of 2,856 units pulled the Elantra over the top, and simultaneously pushed its Kona sibling from prominence, while Hyundai’s sole compact car model improved its YoY results by 4.4 percent.
Hyundai’s Tucson managed to hang on to a top-10 position, mind you, but it slid one step rearward from eighth to ninth due to 3,118 deliveries for MoM sales gains of just 1.4 percent, but its YoY results were more favourable at 23.3 percent.
Moving into the slot just above, Ford’s Escape found 3,975 new owners in June, representing a 38.9-percent rise in MoM sales and an upgrade of two grid positions on the top-10 list, while its YoY sales upsurge of 94.8 percent was cause for even more celebration.