Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales rose 4.4 per cent in November 2011, compared with November 2010, and import brands soared while the domestics faltered overall, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

Sales by import nameplates were up 10.7 per cent, while domestic sales fell 2.9 per cent and only Chrysler had positive sales number.

“Another respectable although lean month for light-vehicle sales in Canada,” DesRosiers said. “Total sales were up 4.4 per cent for November, which puts them up by 1.8 per cent year-to-date. November was also the best we’ve seen since November 2006, which is another positive.”

However, DesRosiers said that the seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) was 1.64 million units in November, largely unchanged for the past 18 months. “What a stable SAAR tells us is that the automotive markets are performing well, but there is a lot of hesitancy in the market so there isn’t a surge upwards…it would be nice to see solid growth, but all indicators point to a positive but very hesitant market going forward.”

Import nameplates saw their best performance in market share in two years, with both Toyota and Honda up significantly, and DesRosiers said that he expects the imports to outperform the Detroit companies in the near term as the supply constraints due to extreme weather in Asia end. “Detroit cleaned up their cost structure with their restructuring, so financially these companies are doing much better, but we are still a long ways away from seeing whether they can garner long-term market success,” DesRosiers said.

Sales for November were as follows:

Manufacturer Nov 2011 Nov 2010 % Change
Acura 1,543 1,449 +6.5
Audi 1,258 968 +30.0
BMW 3,003 2,510 +19.6
Chrysler 16,213 15,199 +6.1
Ford 18,087 18,375 -1.6
General Motors 17,951 20,122 -10.8
Honda 11,112 9,427 +17.9
Hyundai 8,417 7,739 +8.8
Infiniti 531 593 -10.5
Jaguar 61 55 +10.9
Kia 4,854 4,022 +20.7
Land Rover 405 227 +78.4
Lexus 1,156 1,053 +9.8
Mazda 5,169 5,293 -2.3
Mercedes-Benz 2,900 2,495 +16.2
Mini 502 446 +12.6
Mitsubishi 1,558 1,742 -10.6
Nissan 5,889 5,193 +13.4
Porsche 95 168 -43.5
Saab 11 n/a
Smart 129 136 -5.1
Subaru 2,012 2,567 -21.6
Suzuki 521 655 -20.5
Toyota 13,407 11,116 +20.6
Volkswagen 4,015 3,934 +2.1
Volvo 424 497 -14.7
Total sales 121,133 115,981 +4.4
Passenger cars 51,099 50,349 +1.5
Light trucks 70,034 65,632 +6.7
Domestic nameplates 52,161 53,696 -2.9
Import nameplates 68,972 62,285 +10.7

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