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Mopars to be tops in Canada?

by Bill Cawthon on

Tomorrow, when full-year sales are released, FCA Canada is likely to cap off its 90th anniversary year with the 2015 Canadian sales crown.

Larry Vellequette of Automotive News pointed out that trends indicate FCA will build on its January-to-November lead to take the top spot for the first time ever.


As of the end of November, FCA had a 12,929 sales lead over Ford and a 27,015 lead over General Motors. The lead over Ford was more than half of Ford’s average monthly sales in 2015 and nearly 60% of GM’s monthly average, a tough obstacle.

Jeep is a big part of the achievement, but the Dodge Challenger and Durango have grown as well. Through the end of November, Challenger sales were up 69%, the largest gain of any Fiat Chrysler vehicle, and Durango sales were 26% ahead of the first 11 months of 2014. Ram pickups remain the best seller, along with the Dodge Caravan, which outsells all other minivans in Canada combined.


In November, year-to-date sales of the Jeep Patriot soared 58% and Cherokee deliveries jumped 41% as crossovers and SUVs claimed a 37% share of total sales, up from 34% in 2014.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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