April 3, 2003

Canadian auto sales mixed in March

Canadian car and truck sales in March were mixed with Nissan reporting the biggest sales increase (21.9%) amongst major manufacturers, and DaimlerChrysler recording the biggest drop (13.2%).

General Motors’ overall vehicle sales in March were down 3% to 42,427. GM’s car sales were down 10.4% but truck sales were up 4.8%.

Ford, which reported combined Ford and Lincoln sales in March, experienced a 0.3% increase to 24,386. Car sales were down 9.3%, but truck sales, particularly SUVs, were up 5.0%.

DaimlerChrysler reported a 13.2% decline in March vehicles sales to 19,697. Car sales were up 11 percent but truck sales were down 20.8% The company attributed the drop in truck sales to decreased deliveries to fleet customers.

Most import automakers reported higher sales in March, except Honda and Subaru. Honda reported sales of 11,553 but didn’t say how much sales had dropped. Subaru announced total sales of 1,291 units in March, down slightly compared to the same month last year.

Toyota sales were up 8.7 per cent over last March. Combined Toyota and Lexus sales of 14,253 vehicles for the month was the “best March ever” said the company.

Nissan Canada continues its upward sales trend. Record Nissan car and truck sales for March were 6,284 vehicles, an increase of 21.9% over the previous March.

Volkswagen’s total sales for March 2003 were 3,383, a 9.6% increase from March 2002.

Hyundai Auto Canada today announced sales of 5,603 vehicles surpassing last March’s sales by 2.2%.

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada March sales of 1,415 vehicles were 18.2 per cent more than last month in its first year of operation.

Some luxury automakers experienced big gains in March. Volvo sold 1,125 vehicles, an increase of 31.4 per cent. It was their best March sales performance since 1973.

Infiniti celebrated its best month in history, with record breaking March sales of 885 vehicles sold, an increase of 60.6% over the previous March.

Audi sales totalled 698 new units for March 2003, compared with 605 units in March 2002, an increase of 15.4%.

Porsche sold 137 cars, compared to 91 for the same period last year, an increase of 51 percent.

Among the decliners in March were BMW with sales of 1,470 and Acura with sales of 1,680. Jaguar sales for the month totaled 181 cars, down 25 per cent compared with March last year. Land Rover sales total 113 units for the month of March, down 26 per cent compared with same period last year. However, Range Rover was a strong performer for the month with an increase in sales of 1700 per cent compared with March 2002.

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