November 2, 2007


Canadian vehicle sales up 2.1 per cent, with domestic manufacturers outperforming the market, analyst says

Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of new passenger vehicles and light trucks in Canada were up by 2.1 per cent in October, compared to the same period in 2006 and providing the fourth-best October sales on record, says industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

DesRosiers also notes that for the first time in about a decade, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler outperformed the market in October. “I looked and could not find a similar example going back almost ten years,” DesRosiers says. “Their sales were up 8.7 per cent and important nameplate sales were down 4.0 per cent. I suspect some of this is fleet, but nonetheless, it is certainly something we haven’t seen for a long time.”

Sales of cars and light trucks in October were as follows:

Manufacturer September 2007 September 2006 Per cent change
Chrysler 15,411 15,020 +2.6
Ford 16,683 15,879 +6.2
General Motors 29,884 26,374 +13.7
Acura 1,254 1,741 -28.0
Audi 641 725 -11.6
BMW 1,783 1,765 +1.0
Honda 10,123 10,724 -5.6
Hyundai 5,803 5,801 0.0
Infiniti 480 545 -11.9
Jaguar 40 63 -36.5
Kia 2,919 2,455 +18.9
Land Rover 199 168 +18.5
Lexus 1,126 993 +13.4
Mazda 6,040 5,978 +1.0
Mercedes-Benz 1,491 1,197 +24.6
Mini 315 285 +10.5
Mitsubishi 1,381 855 +61.5
Nissan 5,851 5,715 + 2.4
Porsche 156 132 +18.2
Saab 171/td> 277 -38.3
Smart 17 206 -91.7
Subaru 1,446 1,422 + 1.7
Suzuki 1,082 1,067 + 1.4
Toyota 13,358 15,017 -11.0
Volkswagen 2,659 3,526 -24.6
Volvo 433 588 -26.4
Passenger Car 61,795 62,448 – 1.0
Light truck 59,131 55,969 + 5.6
Total light vehicle sales 120,926 118,417 + 2.1
Chrysler/Ford/GM 62,158 57,172 + 8.7
Import nameplates 58,768 61,245 – 4.0

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