Mitsubishi began selling the RVR in Canada last September. Because there were only 13 sold in the ninth month of 2010, Mitsubishi’s 646-unit sales performance last month brought about a seemingly amazing 4869% year-over-year increase. RVR sales were up 56% from August’s 415-unit total.
Kia Sportage sales jumped 182%. Sales of Kia’s larger utility vehicle, the Sorento, were up 80%. Hyundai reported a 67% increase in Tucson sales. Mazda even managed to find an improvement in Tribute sales as the company’s soon-to-be-replaced Escape copy posted a 35% improvement.
On the flip side, the defunct Honda Element slid 78%. Suzuki reported a 55% drop in Grand Vitara sales. Hyundai’s Santa Fe was down 40%. Sales of the Toyota RAV4 fell 38%. The Volkswagen Tiguan was down 36%.
In between the RVR, Sportage, Sorento, Tucson, Tribute, Element, Grand Vitara, Santa Fe, RAV4, and Tiguan are all the other utility vehicles in the first chart you’ll scan below. Canada’s best-selling small SUV is the Ford Escape. By some measure, the Escape is also Canada’s best-selling SUV overall.
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