November 2, 2006


Canadian new vehicle sales up 2.8 per cent in October

Richmond Hill, Ontario – Canadian new-vehicle sales were up 2.8 per cent in October to 118,417 units, says industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. In October 2005, the automakers sold 115,195 units.

“GM had a tough month, down 9.8 per cent, while Ford had a solid month up 19.9 per cent,” DesRosiers says. “Fleet issues are the root of both of these situations, with GM backing out of fleet and Ford stepping up their fleet sales. The import brands were up 6.7 per cent in a market that was up only 2.8 per cent, so these brands will continue to take market share from GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler as a group. This will be the eighth year in a row where GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler have lost market share to import brands.”

October sales were as follows:

Manufacturer October 2006 October 2005 Per cent change
DaimlerChrysler 15,020 14,894 + 0.8
Ford 15,879 13,246 +19.9
General Motors 26,273 29,332 -10.4
Acura 1,741 1,850 – 5.9
Audi 725 691 + 4.9
BMW 1,765 1,574 +12.1
Honda 10,724 11,729 – 8.6
Hyundai 5,801 5,255 +10.4
Infiniti 545 618 -11.8
Jaguar 63 104 -39.4
Kia 2,455 2,250 + 9.1
Land Rover 168 206 -18.4
Lexus 993 989 + 0.4
Mazda 5,978 5,540 + 7.0
Mercedes-Benz 1,197 989 +21.0
Mini 285 314 – 9.2
Mitsubishi 855 832 + 2.8
Nissan 5,715 4,065 +40.6
Porsche 132 141 – 6.4
Saab 277 90 +207.8
Smart 206 371 -44.5
Subaru 1,422 1,482 – 4.0
Suzuki 1,067 979 + 9.0
Toyota 15,017 13,720 + 9.5
Volkswagen 3,526 2,982 +18.2
Volvo 588 952 -38.2
Total light vehicle sales 118,417 115,195 + 2.8

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