Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales dropped by 15.0 per cent in March 2009 when compared to March 2008, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, although it is a “significant improvement” from the last few months, when sales were down in the mid-20 per cent range.

“It is hard to be positive about a month that is this negative, but March was a significant improvement over earlier months,” DesRosiers said. ” Also, be careful about the split between retail and fleet sales. We don’t have final fleet numbers yet, but some of the reporting companies tell us that fleet sales were down in the 30 to 40 per cent range in March, which would mean that retail consumer sales were likely down only in the single-digit range, rather than the 15 per cent in the total market.”

DesRosiers noted that General Motors has regained the number-one position, followed by Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda.

Sales for March were as follows:

Manufacturer March 2009 March 2008 % change
       
Chrysler 15,846 21,602 -26.6
Ford 17,021 20,050 -15.1
General Motors 24,695 29,972 -17.6
       
Acura  1,211  2,088 -42.0
Audi    979    781 +25.4
BMW  1,711  1,584 + 8.0
Honda 11,359 14,197 -20.0
Hyundai  8,818  7,029 +25.5
Infiniti    581    828 -29.8
Jaguar     57    135 -57.8
Kia  3,555  3,157 +12.6
Land Rover    171    234 -26.9
Lexus  1,363  1,126 +21.0
Mazda  7,060  9,055 -22.0
Mercedes-Benz  2,181  1,731 +26.0
Mini    307    296 + 3.7
Mitsubishi  1,983  1,821 + 8.9
Nissan  7,024  7,513 – 6.5
Porsche    172    157 + 9.6
Saab    172     79 +117.7
Smart    212    324 -34.6
Subaru  1,878  1,639 +14.6
Suzuki    948  1,107 -14.4
Toyota 14,538 19,523 -25.5
Volkswagen  3,156  3,531 -10.6
Volvo    491    465 + 5.6
       
Light vehicles 127,489 150,024 -15.0
Passenger car  65,554  80,125 -18.2
Light truck  61,935  69,899 -11.4

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