Richmond Hill, Ontario – Canadians purchased more than 1.5 million cars and light trucks in 2010, an increase of 6.6 per cent over 2009, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Sales in December were essentially the same as in December 2009.
The figures do not include Suzuki, which had not reported its sales when DesRosiers went to press.
“2010 was healthy but still well below the levels achieved in 2005 to 2008,” DesRosiers said. “Canada still has a long way to go before we are totally out of this light vehicle sales slump. Sales however were slightly better than what we and others forecast a year ago when we were predicting sales up only two or three per cent.” DesRosiers said that the higher-than-predicted sales were due to incentives, which he said were at an unprecedented level.
Ford proved to be the number-one seller in the market over General Motors, with an increase of 19.1 per cent, while Chrysler’s percentage increase of 25.7 per cent for the year led the domestic automakers. The domestic nameplates also gained 12.4 per cent over the year, versus 2.0 per cent increase for import nameplates. The Ford F-Series pickup truck sold just under 1o0,000 units, “which makes it the best-selling single model of vehicle in one calendar year in the entire 100-plus-year history of the automotive sector in Canada,” DesRosiers said.
Sales in December and year-to-date were:
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* Suzuki year-to-date sales are from January to November 2010