November 4, 2002

Auto manufacturers report record Canadian vehicle sales in October

Toronto, Ontario – While vehicle sales in October were down considerably in the U.S.A., car and truck sales were up sharply in Canada. In fact, many auto manufacturers reported their best October sales month ever.

General Motors of Canada sold 37,531 vehicles in October, an increase of 8.3 per cent over the same period last year and the best October in over a decade. Car sales of 19,104 were up 8.9 per cent, and truck sales of 18,427 units were up 7.8 per cent.

Chevrolet was the GM’s sales leader in October. Cavalier sales jumped by over 22%, Impala sales increased by over 24% and the Venture, Tracker, S-10 and Avalanche also did very well in October.

Combined sales of Ford and Lincoln vehicles in October were up 12 per cent from the same month last year. Car sales jumped 23.4 per cent to 5,831 units and truck sales increased 7.4 per cent to 12,627 units for a total of 18,458 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The best sales performances were by SUV’s: the new 2003 Ford Expedition (up 74.4 per cent), Ford Escape (up 17.2 per cent) and Ford Explorer (up 16.6 per cent).

DaimlerChrysler Canada reported a 5.8 percent increase in October vehicle sales compared with the same month last year. DaimlerChrysler dealers sold 18,204 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles in October, compared with the 17,210 sold in October, 2001. Car sales of 4,448 were up marginally over the 4,447 sold in October, 2001, but truck sales of 13,756 were 7.8 percent higher. The Jeep Liberty was top sales performer with sales of 1,617, a new any-month record.

Import brands did even better than the domestics.

October sales for Toyota Canada set new records for both month and year-to-date. Total monthly sales of 12,898 beat last October by 17.4 per cent. With two months left in the year, Toyota Canada’s sales are 129,651 – higher than its total annual sales of 127,754 for all of 2001.

Toyota sold a record 8,552 cars, up 17 per cent over last October, as well as a record 3,711 trucks, a monthly increase of 21 per cent. In particular, the new Camry was up 27.9 per cent over last October, the Echo was up 26.4 per cent, the new 2003 4Runner up by 15.5 per cent, and the Highlander up by 36.1 per cent.

Combined Honda and Acura sales for October of 14,982 represents an increase of 10.4% over last October while Honda sales were up 13.3% over last year. Sales were lead by the launch of the new Accord with a 50.4% increase over last year. Acura RSX sales were up 37.6%.

Combined Nissan and Infiniti October sales of 6,298 were an astounding 34% increase over October 2001. Nissan sold 5,428 vehicles in October. Xterra sales of 463 was the SUV’s 2nd best month ever, and Pathfinder sales of 704 units was a 14% increase over the previous October.

Subaru Canada had its all-time best sales month in October. Total sales of 1,703 vehicles beat last October by 29.2 per cent, and surpassed the previous monthly sales record, set in April of this year, by nearly 100 vehicles. In particular, sales of the new 2003 Forester increased 103.8 per cent over last October, and Subaru Impreza sales were up by 29.1 per cent.

Newcomer Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada announced October sales of 1,366 vehicles, for a two-month total of 1,569. The company says its the highest two-month total of any company launching in Canada in the past 20 plus years, including Saturn, Acura, Mini, Lexus, Hyundai, Daewoo, Infiniti and Kia. Mitsubishi launched in Canada this past September with 18 dealers. The dealer network has since grown to 41.

Volkswagen Canada sales of 4,031 for October were up 13.8% over the October 2001 mark of 3,543 vehicles, giving Volkswagen Canada its best October ever. Sales of the Volkswagen Golf and GTI for the month of October reached 1,089, an increase of 33.6% over October 2001. Sales of the Volkswagen Jetta continued to be strong with 2,272 units sold, an increase of 24.4%.

Hyundai Auto Canada sales in October reached 5,346 units, up 7% over the same time period last year. Notable increases for the month of October included the Accent and Tiburon with increases of 14% and 70% respectively. Year-to-date, the Accent is up 4%, the Elantra up 23%, the Tiburon up 11%, the Sonata up 13%, and the Santa Fe up an astonishing 69%.

Luxury vehicle manufacturers also reported record sales for October.

BMW Group Canada, which includes BMW and MINI brands, announced record breaking sales for October, with a total of 1458 vehicles sold – a 31% increase over the same month last year. BMW vehicle sales in the month of October amounted to 1222 units, an increase of 10% over the same month last year. BMW Canada has had forty consecutive record breaking sales months.

Audi Canada sold 5,936 units, an increase of 1,175 vehicles or 24.7% over the 4,761 cars sold in the same period last year, to give Audi Canada its best October since 1986. Audi’s sales of 693 units for October were up 22.4% or 127 units over the October 2001 mark of 566 vehicles. The A4 continues to be the top seller for Audi with 479 vehicles sold in October 2002, compared with the 310 vehicles sold in October 2001, an increase of 54.5%.

Infiniti also reported record sales, making October 2002 the best sales
month ever. Infiniti sold 770 vehicles, a 98% increase over October 2001. Much of this was due to the all-new 2003 Infiniti G35 sedan and G35 Sport Coupe which together sold 526 units in October.

Lexus Canada sales of 635 beat last October by 3.9 per cent, and year to date sales of 5,630 are ahead of last year’s 5,404 total sales.

A 133.8-per-cent increase in sales of the redesigned Lincoln Town Car helped boost overall Lincoln sales by seven per cent in October.

Sales of the new MINI Cooper and the MINI Cooper S continue to be strong, with 236 sales in October.

Porsche Cars North America announced Canadian retail sales for October totaled 65 cars, compared to 63 for the same period last year.

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