June 2, 2005
Canadian May vehicle sales down 3.1%.
But some automakers post best-ever sales
Oshawa, Ontario – Though several automakers have posted high or best-ever sales for May, 2005 for Canadian passenger vehicles and light trucks, Canadian vehicle sales were down 3.1 per cent. Among them:
- General Motors of Canada delivered a total of 45,701 vehicles in May. Truck sales increased by 8.6 per cent in May with sales of 22,620, while passenger car sales of 23,081 decreased by 13 per cent compared to May 2004. Overall, GM Canada vehicle sales decreased 3.3 per cent from May 2004.
- Ford Motor Company of Canada reported monthly May totals of 21,252 cars and trucks, down 10.4 per cent from May 2004. Car sales were down 7.4 per cent at 7,019 units, while trucks decreased 11.8 per cent at 14,233 units. Overall, calendar year car sales are up 1.1 per cent over the first five months of 2004, led mostly by sales of the all-new Mustang.
- DaimlerChrysler reported a total of 20,117 units in May, including 5,448 cars, down 5.7 per cent from 2004, and 14,669 trucks, down 15.3 per cent from 2004. Overall, sales for the month are down 12.9 per cent over 2004. The Chrysler 300 experienced its best sales month with 2,208 units, while the Pacifica had its best May since its introduction.
- Combined Toyota and Lexus May sales resulted in an all-time record Canadian market share of 12.4 per cent, as total Toyota Canada sales reached 19,596, an increase of 0.7 per cent over May 2004. Toyota brand sales were 18,489, with car sales down 1.6 per cent and truck sales up 2.8 per cent. Lexus recorded an all-time monthly record with sales of 1,107, up 32.4 per cent for the month; car sales were up 33.9 per cent over May 2004, and truck sales up 31.4 per cent.
- Honda Canada Inc. reported combined sales of 13,331 by its Honda and Acura divisions, up 4.3 per cent compared to May 2004. Sales for the Honda Division were 11,343 units, while Acura reported sales of 1,988 units. Honda’s sales were helped by strong demand for the Honda Pilot, up 43.8 per cent, and the Odyssey, up 35.6 per cent. The new Ridgeline, Honda’s first-ever pickup truck, logged sales of 391 units in its second month on sale.
- Audi sales totaled 723 new units, the third-best May volume in Canadian sales since its start in 1973, while Volkswagen Canada May sales totaled 2,768 units, a 16.4 per cent decrease over May 2004’s sales of 3,311. Volkswagen reports year-to-date sales of 11,127, compared with 11,053 for this time in 2004.
- Nissan Canada Inc. recorded a strong May as a follow-up to a record-setting April, selling 6,831 units, an increase of 328 units over May 2004. The Nissan Division was up 3.4 per cent over May 2004 with 5,984 units, while Infiniti sales, led by the G35, were 847 units, an increase of 17.4 per cent over 2004.
- Porsche Cars Canada posted its best sales month on record, with 276 cars. Combined Porsche sales for the U.S. and Canada were 3,567 in May, surpassing the previous record of 3,547 set in December 1986. In addition, Porsche Canada dealers sold 32 pre-owned vehicles, compared to 18 in May 2004.
- Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada reported 742 vehicles for May and year-to-date sales of 4,224 vehicles.
- BMW Group Canada reported combined BMW and Mini sales of 2,282 during May, an increase of 8.4 per cent over May 2004. The BMW brand recorded sales of 1,891, an increase of 7.1 per cent, while Mini reported 391 vehicles, an increase of 14.7 per cent. The monthly sales total is the 14th consecutive record month for BMW Group Canada. Year-to-date sales of 8,426 vehicles represent a 13.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2004. BMW Motorrad Canada retailed 185 motorcycles in May, an increase of 15.6 per cent, with year-to-date totals of 525 motorcycles, up 23.5 per cent.
Overall, sales for all companies are below:
|Honda & Acura||13,331||12,776||4.3|
|Nissan & Infiniti||6,831||6,503||5|
|Toyota & Lexus||19,596||19,461||0.7|
|VW & Audi||3,491||4,040||-13.6|