May 2, 2007


April vehicle sales up 9.0 per cent, industry analyst says

Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of cars and light trucks were up 9.0 per cent in April, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, who says he suspects that the increase is due to April being the first full month of the federal government’s ecoAUTO rebate system for fuel-efficient cars.

“A long list of companies significantly outperformed the market in April,” DesRosiers says, noting that Mitsubishi was up 91.1 per cent and Land Rover 73.0 per cent. However, Ford was down 3.4 per cent, and “also two OEMs we rarely see underperform, with Toyota down 1.2 per cent and Honda up only 0.9 per cent,” DesRosiers says. “I suspect they are having trouble getting products to their dealers.”

Sales for April 2007 were as follows:

Manufacturer April 2007 April 2006 Per cent change
DaimlerChrysler 22,514 21,195 + 6.2
Ford 21,973 22,758 – 3.5
General Motors 44,651 38,552 +15.8
Acura 1,670 1,600 + 4.4
Audi 799 727 + 9.9
BMW 2,258 1,940 +16.4
Honda 13,447 13,331 + 0.9
Hyundai 7,235 6,504 +11.2
Infiniti 714 669 + 6.7
Jaguar 82 110 -25.5
Kia 3,318 3,063 + 8.3
Land Rover 353 204 +73.0
Lexus 1,309 1,044 +25.4
Mazda 10,341 8,143 +27.0
Mercedes-Benz 1,530 1,335 +14.6
Mini 373 367 + 1.6
Mitsubishi 1,953 1,022 +91.1
Nissan 6,741 5,069 +33.0
Porsche 233 273 -14.7
Saab 197 192 + 2.6
Smart 252 443 -43.1
Subaru 1,456 1,568 – 7.1
Suzuki 1,155 975 +18.5
Toyota 19,934 20,168 – 1.2
Volkswagen 3,501 2,857 +22.5
Volvo 995 981 + 1.4
Passenger Car 92,428 86,259 + 7.2
Light truck 76,556 68,831 +11.2
Total light vehicle sales 168,984 155,090 + 9.0

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