May 2, 2002

Automakers report increased sales in April

Vancouver, B.C. – For the most part, Canadian vehicle sales in April increased over the same month last year. Here are the sales results for automakers who released sales figures on May 1st:

General Motors of Canada sold 48,916 vehicles in April, an increase of 12.4 per cent from the same period last year. Passenger car sales for the month were 26,617 units, up 15.8 per cent, and truck sales were 22,299 units, up 8.5 per cent when compared to April 2001.

Ford sold 23,895 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles in April, a 3.6 per cent increase from the same month last year. Truck sales jumped 4.1 per cent to 16,517 units and car sales were up 2.3 per cent to 7,378 units. In particular, Ford Ranger sales jumped 61.1 per cent and Ford Mustang sales jumped 17.6 per cent.

DaimlerChrysler Canada’s sales in April of 24,575 were down by 1.3%. While truck sales of 17,708 were up 5.2%, car sales of 6,867 were down by 14.9%.

Volkswagen Canada’s sales in April of 4,039 vehicles were up 1.5%, lead by the Jetta which was up by 3.9%.

Subaru Canada celebrated its best sales month ever in April with total sales of 1,605 units, a 28.7 per cent increase over April of last year. Impreza sales were up by 46.8% and Legacy/Outback sales were up 37.3%.

BMW Group Canada also posted its best sales month in history, recording April sales of 1735 units, a 34% increase over April 2001. Sales of the all new 7 Series were up 163% over the same month last year. In addition, 202 MINIs were sold in April.

Audi sales of 755 vehicles for April were up 21.8% over April, 2001. The A4 continues to be the top seller for Audi with 522 vehicles sold in April 2002, an increase of 34.2%.

Hyundai Auto Canada didn’t report April sales, but did say that its vehicle sales have increased by 19% to 19,571 for the first four months of 2002.

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