Canadian new car sales are outperforming expectations. Sales are up here, which is in contrast to the United States where sales are falling short of what anyone expected.
There’s a clear indication of what Canadians want when they head into dealerships – bigger vehicles. But not too big, either.
According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., subcompact sport utility sales were up more than 22 per cent in the first half of 2017. Small pickup sales have increased almost 21 per cent. Compact luxury sport utility vehicles have seen a 15 per cent boost.
On the flip side, the bottom three are smaller vehicles. Subcompact car sales are down more than 26 per cent. Intermediate sales are down about 12 per cent. Sales of luxury compacts are down almost 6 per cent.
Add in the 2.5 per cent drop in sales of small vans and those are the only four segments to see a decrease in the first half of the year.