December 5, 2002

Big 3 sales down in November, imports up

Toronto, Ontario – In Canada, the Big Three automakers reported lower sales in November but most import automaker’s continued their upward sales climb.

General Motors of Canada sold 35,820 vehicles in November, a decrease of 8.7 per cent from the same period last year. Passenger car sales were 17,113, down 14.2 per cent, and truck sales were 18,707 units, down 2.9 per cent when compared to November 2001.

Ford of Canada sales, which includes Lincoln, were down 16 percent in November. Truck sales of 13,114 were down 5.5 per cent, and car sales of 4,699 were off by a whopping 35.8 per cent.

DaimlerChrysler’s November sales of 18,971 cars and trucks compared with 20,260 sold last November, a 6.3% decline. Car sales in November were 4,939, down 4.3% and truck sales were 14,032, down 7.1%.

Import automakers on the other hand, continued to break sales records. Toyota Canada, which includes Lexus had November sales of 11,855, up 17.7 per cent from last November and a new all-time best for the month. Toyota brand car sales of 7,720 shot up 24.5 per cent and truck sales of 3,634 increased 10.6 per cent compared to the same month last year. Overall, Toyota is up 19.7 per cent for the month. Toyota is the number-one selling car division in Canada.

Honda Canada reported a 5% increase in November sales to 10,481 cars and trucks.

Nissan Canada reported combined car and truck sales of 5,066 units sold for the month of November. With one month remaining, Nissan Canada has already topped last year’s record calendar year sales with 59,671 units sold in 2002 (a 14.7%
increase over the same period last year).

It was the best November in history for Subaru Canada, and its second best-ever sales monthn ever. Sales of 1,620 vehicles beat last November’s total by 1.1 per cent.

Volkswagen Canada sales of 3,425 for November were up 2.6% over the November 2001 mark, which gave Volkswagen Canada its best November ever.

Canadian newcomer, Mitsubishi announced November sales of 700 vehicles, for a 90-day sales total of 2,269 vehicles.

In the luxury car market, import brands also saw sales increases in November.

It was the second-best November in history for Lexus, which is also setting a record pace for the year, 20.1 per cent ahead of 2001. Infiniti sold 723 cars, a 91% increase over November 2001. Sales of the new G35 were responsible for more than half of Infiniti’s November sales. Acura was one of the few sliders with November sales of 1,978, down 13.2%. BMW had record November sales of 1,210 and BMW’s Mini division sold 167 Cooper and Cooper S models in November. Audi sales of 6,609 units were 20.3% higher. Mercedes-Benz sold 969 passenger cars in November, an increase of 14.7% over last November but overall vehicle sales were down slightly because of lower truck sales.

Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover sales of 160 units were up 58 per cent compared with the same month last year, making it the best November in history for Land Rover. Porsche sales were down considerably. November sales totalled 36 cars, compared to 73 for the same period last year.

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