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Following a record year for new vehicle sales in 2017, automakers continued to post solid performances through the first eight months of 2018, moving just over 1.4 million units. So far, the auto industry seems to be resistant to the bear effects of rising interest rates and trade uncertainty.

Nearly 980,000 light trucks (which include pickup trucks and SUVs) have rolled off dealership lots so far in 2018, up 3.2 per cent from just under 950,000 for the same period last year. This is despite a 5.6 per cent fall in pickup truck sales year-over-year, indicating that SUVs are now exclusively responsible for any gains made in the light truck segment and, by extension, across the overall new-vehicle market.

Nevertheless, the Ford F-series remained by far the top-selling vehicle line in Canada, moving over 100,000 units. The Honda Civic also persisted as Canada’s bestselling passenger car, with sales of over 50,000 units, down only 1.7 per cent year-over-year, as compared to a 7 per cent shrinkage in the overall passenger car segment.

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2018 Ford F-150 Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew 5-1/2 ft

The Ford F-series experienced a 4.5 per cent year-over-year drop in sales so far in 2018, but this has had no effect on its legacy as Canada’s bestselling pickup truck series for the last 50 years and the bestselling vehicle overall since 2009. The 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat trim comes standard with a 2.7-litre, V-6 EcoBoost engine that delivers 325 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque and can tow up to 9,000 pounds.

The Lariat trim boasts driving assistance features such as a rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, trailer-backup assist, a reverse-sensing system and the MyKey driver-setting customization system that can automatically limit top speed and audio levels. In addition, it also features an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights and side-view-mirror-integrated turn signals.

  • MSRP: $57,249
  • Ford Employee Pricing Adjustment: $6,905
  • Delivery Allowance: $5,500
  • Bonus Cash Incentive: $750 (applied after tax)
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,940
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $46,120
  • Finance for 60 months at 3.49 per cent interest for $948 per month including tax, which includes a $5,500 manufacturer incentive, a $750 after-tax bonus cash incentive, and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 4.49 per cent interest for $663 per month including tax, which includes a $5,500 manufacturer incentive, a $750 after-tax bonus cash incentive, and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan EX-T CVT

The Honda Civic continues its 20-year legacy as Canada’s bestselling passenger car with sales virtually at par with last year, despite sales of most other models in its class experiencing double-digit declines over the same period.

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The 2018 Honda Civic EX-T trim outputs 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque through a turbocharged 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine. Its interior features a 180-watt eight-speaker audio system, speed-sensitive audio control, a seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual-zone automatic climate control and a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Key active safety features on the EX-T trim include a collision-mitigation braking system, a road-departure mitigation system and electronic brake-force distribution.

  • MSRP: $25,490
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,795
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $26,785
  • Finance for 60 months at 1.49 per cent interest for $511 per month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 0.99 per cent interest for $362 per month including tax, which includes a $750 manufacturer incentive (applied after tax) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Nissan Rogue SV All Wheel Drive

Nissan has sold nearly 29,000 units of the Rogue so far this year, making it the automaker’s bestselling model and one of the most popular SUV models on the road today. The 2018 Nissan Rogue d is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. Key highlights on the SV trim include a seven-inch infotainment system, SiriusXM capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, remote engine ignition, LED taillights, mirror-integrated turn signal repeaters and UV-reducing solar glass. This trim also features active safety technology such as intelligent forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

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  • MSRP: $30,798
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $2,500 (as compared to $2,000 in August)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,935
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $29,733
  • Finance for 60 months at zero per cent interest for $607 per month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 0.9 per cent interest for $426 per month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Premium Plus

The Grand Caravan is not only Dodge’s bestselling model in Canada, but with sales of nearly 25,000 units so far this year, Canadians have purchased nearly as many Grand Caravans as all other minivan nameplates combined. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque through a 3.6-litre, V-6 Pentastar engine. Notable features on the SXT Premium Plus trim include tri-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped gear shifter and multifunction steering wheel, a rearview camera, quad-halogen headlamps, fog lamps, and an electronic stability-control system with traction control and trailer-sway control.

  • MSRP: $39,640
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $9,500 (as compared to $6,000 in July)
  • Bonus Cash Incentive: $1,500 (applied after tax, as compared to $1,000 in July)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,035
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $30,348
  • Finance for 60 months at 4.79 per cent interest for $644 per month including tax, which includes a $9,500 manufacturer incentive as well as a $1,500 after-tax bonus cash incentive (as compared to $6,000 and $1,000 respectively in July), and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 7.69 per cent interest for $596 per month including tax, which includes a $9,500 manufacturer incentive as well as a $1,500 after-tax bonus cash incentive (as compared to $6,000 and $1,000 respectively in July), and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Andrew Tai is CEO of Unhaggle. Follow on Twitter @ahytai

Manufacturer incentives and pricing calculations are based on Ontario customers and subject to availability of inventory. Dealer discounts shown are estimates for illustrative purposes only, may vary by region and are given at the discretion of individual dealers. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information above is accurate at the time of publication, pricing, incentives and discounts are subject to change or discontinuation at any time. Vehicle images may not represent the exact model featured in the pricing provided. Consult your local dealership for details.

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