Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales were up 0.5 per cent in August, with light trucks leading the way, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Light truck sales rose by 12.2 per cent, offsetting a 10.9 per cent decline in passenger cars.

“Over the last 24 months, we’ve had a half-dozen really great months, July being a good example, a half-dozen really bad months, but mostly, month-in and month-out sales have been okay but under-performing from many perspectives,” DesRosiers said. “August was such a month. The SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualized rate) was back down to 1.52 million units, a poor performance from anyone’s perspective. Canada is a market that should be able to do between 1.6 and 1.7 million units and sustain this level of sales for a number of years, so an annual rate of 1.52 million is not good.”

The sales figures for August 2010 were:

Manufacturer August 2010 August 2009 % change
       
Chrysler 16,076 14,393 +11.7
Ford 24,029 22,166 + 8.4
General Motors 23,536 23,018 + 2.3
       
Acura  1,451  1,644 -11.7
Audi  1,376  1,058 +30.1
BMW  2,342  2,292 + 2.2
Honda 11,463 10,574 + 8.4
Hyundai 11,403 10,418 + 9.5
Infiniti    780    604 +29.1
Jaguar     70     68 + 2.9
Kia  5,430  4,672 +16.2
Land Rover    208    134 +55.2
Lexus  1,253  1,532 -18.2
Mazda  7,486  6,880 + 8.8
Mercedes-Benz  2,254  1,992 +13.2
Mini    390    457 -14.7
Mitsubishi  1,282  1,860 -31.1
Nissan  6,102  7,071 -13.7
Porsche    134    120 +11.7
Saab    –     36 -100.0
Smart    173    268 -35.4
Subaru  2,328  1,940 +20.0
Suzuki  1,004  1,315 -23.7
Toyota 11,609 16,707 -30.5
Volkswagen  3,369  3,605 – 6.5
Volvo    521    527 – 1.1
       
Light vehicles 136,069 135,351 + 0.5
Passenger car  60,938  68,383 -10.9
Light truck  75,131  66,968 +12.2
       
GM/Ford/Chrysler 63,641 56,577 + 6.8
Import nameplates 72,438 75,775 – 4.4

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