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:

Manufacturer Dec 2010 Dec 2009 % change YTD 2010 YTD 2009 % change
             
Chrysler 14,324 13,739 +4.3 204,074 162,395 +25.7
Ford 19,466 17,902 +8.7 267,871 224,859 +19.1
General Motors 20,170 18,825 +7.1 246,668 251,938 -2.1
             
Acura 1,779 1,533 +16.0 17,340 17,088 +1.5
Audi 674 701 -3.9 14,333 11,310 +26.7
BMW 2,252 1,848 +21.9 27,202 24,724 +10.0
Honda 11,097 10,830 +2.5 123,730 122,918 +0.7
Hyundai 6,104 5,154 +18.4 118,507 103,233 +14.8
Infiniti 574 489 +17.4 8,233 7,081 +16.3
Jaguar 32 57 -43.9 755 804 -6.1
Kia 3,039 2,645 +14.9 53,882 46,118 +16.8
Land Rover 190 243 -21.8 2,547 2,006 +27.0
Lexus 842 1,235 -31.8 14,249 15,802 -9.8
Mazda 5,218 4,261 +22.5 78,662 73,672 +6.8
Mercedes-Benz 3,080 1,819 +69.3 29,632 24,276 +22.1
Mini 315 297 +6.1 4,501 4,251 +5.9
Mitsubishi 1,749 1,609 +8.7 19,504 19,786 -1.4
Nissan 4,435 4,652 -4.7 74,780 71,936 +4.0
Porsche 163 114 +43.0 2,036 1,689 +20.5
Saab 2 53 -96.2 2 777 -99.7
Smart 144 226 -36.3 2,019 2,667 -24.3
Subaru 2,348 1,945 +20.7 27,805 23,034 +20.7
Suzuki N/A 707 N/A 8,491 * 12,303 -31.0
Toyota 8,842 16,472 -46.3 157,723 189,313 -16.7
Volkswagen 3,737 3,205 +16.6 45,388 40,059 +13.3
Volvo 448 625 -28.3 6,550 6,542 +0.1
             
Total sales 111,024 111,186 -0.1 1,556,484 1,460,581 +6.6
Passenger car 45,943 50,942 -9.8 708,607 747,496 -5.2
Light truck 65,081 60,244 +8.0 847,877 713,085 +18.9
             
Domestic 53,960 50,466 +6.9 718,613 639,192 +12.4
Import 57,064 60,720 -6.0 837,871 821,389 +2.0

 * Suzuki year-to-date sales are from January to November 2010

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