Richmond Hill, Ontario – Light vehicle sales in Canada marked “the worst April since 1999,” according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, with cars and light trucks dropping 17.8 per cent for the month, and 20.5 per cent for year-to-date.

There were some “spectacular performers in this incredibly dismal market,” DesRosiers said, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Audi, Kia, Lexus, Subaru and Volkswagen. “No common theme to these better-performing companies, other than perhaps value for money, and technology plays in the market,” he said.

These were offset by large declines, including General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Honda and Toyota. Overall, the domestic automakers were down 24.2 per cent, while import manufacturers were down 12.1. Import nameplates now account for almost 55 per cent of Canadian sales.

The top four slots were held, in order, by General Motors, Toyota, Ford and Chrysler. “Honda was still fifth, but Hyundai is closing in fast,” DesRosiers said. Regarding overall sales, DesRosiers said, “Don’t expect this to get any better, as we are heading towards a 1.35 million sales year, compared to about 1.65 million the last few years.”

April 2009 sales were as follows:

Manufacturer April 2009 April 2008 % change
       
Chrysler 15,242 24,136 -36.8
Ford 18,782 20,991 -10.5
General Motors 29,476 38,599 -23.6
       
Acura  1,430  2,222 -35.6
Audi  1,251  1,128 +10.9
BMW  1,931  2,310 -16.4
Honda 11,865 16,412 -27.7
Hyundai 10,809  9,412 +14.8
Infiniti    542    903 -40.0
Jaguar     88    113 -22.1
Kia  4,276  3,719 +15.0
Land Rover    138    202 -31.7
Lexus  1,621  1,558 + 4.0
Mazda  8,195  9,115 -10.1
Mercedes-Benz  2,267  1,869 +21.3
Mini    366    456 -19.7
Mitsubishi  1,844  1,936 – 4.8
Nissan  6,532  7,946 -17.8
Porsche    191    226 -15.5
Saab    160    140 +14.3
Smart    250    359 -30.4
Subaru  2,050  1,970 + 4.1
Suzuki    917  1,451 -36.8
Toyota 19,599 23,883 -17.9
Volkswagen  3,496  3,382 + 3.4
Volvo    613    767 -20.1
       
Total sales 143,931 175,205 -17.8
Passenger car  75,331  98,327 -23.4
Light truck  68,600  76,878 -10.8

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