Barring a last-minute December surprise, Fiat Chrysler is expected to be crowned the top-selling automaker in Canada for 2015.
If all turns out as trends indicate when sales are announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, FCA will finish on top in Canada for the first time in the automaker's 90-year, owner-strewn history. Traditionally, General Motors and Ford Motor Co. have duked it out for the No. 1 spot in Canada.
Canada's population and its corresponding annual automotive sales are just over one-tenth the size of those in the U.S. Winning the sales crown in Canada can be seen as a crowning achievement for Reid Bigland, a native Canadian who holds the dual roles of head of FCA Canada and head of U.S. and Canadian sales.
In 2014, Ford captured the Canadian sales crown, narrowly edging out FCA, 291,823 vehicles to 290,004.
Through November, however, FCA's sales had risen 1 percent to 271,759. Ford's sales stood at 258,830, down 3.9 percent. General Motors was third, with 244,744, up 6.2 percent.
Through November, Canada's industrywide light-vehicle sales rose 2.9 percent.
FCA was expected to finish 2015 with about 300,000 sales in Canada, as strong Jeep sales lead the company to what is expected to be the automaker's 73rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains there.
Jeep sales are powering much of the company's sales growth in Canada, just as the brand has paced FCA's U.S. sales. Through November, Jeep sales in Canada had climbed 12 percent on strong sales of the Cherokee and with the addition earlier in the year of the subcompact Renegade to the lineup.