Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales dropped by 7.9 per cent in August 2009 when compared with August 2008, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The number brings the year-to-date total down by 15.5 per cent, or almost 200,000 units.

“The overall market was down again for the tenth consecutive month, albeit by single digits,” DesRosiers said. “So I guess one could say that is an improvement from the double-digit declines through most of the past year. But understand that there is little in these numbers to indicate that things are getting better.”

Passenger cars dropped by 15.5 per cent, while light truck sales were up by 1.4 per cent. General Motors regained the number-one sales position, taking it from Ford, which ranked second. Considerable gains were made by several companies, including Audi, Hyundai, Acura, and BMW.

The sales figures for August were as follows:

Manufacturer August 2009 August 2008 % change
       
Chrysler 14,393 15,450 – 6.8
Ford 22,166 20,725 + 7.0
General Motors 23,018 31,735 -27.5
       
Acura  1,644  1,301 +26.4
Audi  1,058    558 +89.6
BMW  2,292  1,902 +20.5
Honda 10,574 13,516 -21.8
Hyundai 10,418  7,530 +38.4
Infiniti    604    699 -13.6
Jaguar     68     83 -18.1
Kia  4,672  3,875 +20.6
Land Rover    134    184 -27.2
Lexus  1,532  1,167 +31.3
Mazda  6,880  7,705 -10.7
Mercedes-Benz  1,992  1,653 +20.5
Mini    457    505 – 9.5
Mitsubishi  1,860  1,489 +24.9
Nissan  7,071  6,784 + 4.2
Porsche    120    112 + 7.1
Saab     36    178 -79.8
Smart    268    385 -30.4
Subaru  1,940  1,861 + 4.2
Suzuki  1,315  1,298 + 1.3
Toyota 16,707 22,037 -24.2
Volkswagen  3,605  3,793 – 5.0
Volvo    527    453 +16.3
       
Light vehicles 135,351 146,978 – 7.9
       
Passenger cars  68,383  80,932 -15.5
Light trucks  66,968  66,046 + 1.4

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