January 4, 2007


Canadian vehicle sales up 2 percent in 2006

Richmond Hill, Ontario – A gain in the second half of 2006, along with a 7.3 percent sales jump in December, resulting in Canadian car sales that were 2 per cent higher in 2006 than in 2005, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

“The industry, what you might say, ‘shot the lights out’ in the last half of 2006 and managed to turn what looked like a relatively bad sales year, midway through the year, into a slightly positive performance once the year was completed,” DesRosiers says. “Sales for 2006 finished at 1,614,700 units compared to 1,583,291 units in 2005. This is the second best sales year on record in Canada.”

DesRosiers credits a strong dollar, and “unbelievable economic performance” in the resource- and energy-rich provinces, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Newfoundland. DesRosiers also notes that record all-time sales were marked by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Hyundai, Mazda and BMW, which was up for the 16th consecutive year.

Sales for December were as follows:

Manufacturer December 2006 December 2005 Per cent change
DaimlerChrysler 18,589 14,695 +26.5
Ford 17,151 16,589 + 3.4
General Motors 35,823 36,056 – 0.6
Audi 625 505 +23.8
BMW/Mini 1,843 1,627 +13.3
Honda/Acura 15,951 13,050 +22.2
Hyundai 4,700 4,540 + 3.5
Jaguar 81 78 + 3.8
Kia 1,383 1,790 -22.7
Land Rover 278 263 + 5.7
Mazda 4,615 4,359 + 5.9
Mercedes-Benz 1,565 1,581 – 1.0
Mitsubishi 690 897 -23.1
Nissan/Infiniti 5,118 4,703 + 8.8
Porsche 97 83 +16.9
Subaru + 3.4 1,222 +207.8
Suzuki 830 636 +30.5
Toyota/Lexus 12,189 11,861 + 2.8
Volkswagen 2,990 2,555 +17.0
Volvo 558 704 -20.7
Total light vehicle sales 126,340 117,794 + 7.3

Year-over-year sales were as follows:

Manufacturer November 2006 November 2005 Per cent change
DaimlerChrysler 220,553 216,857 + 1.7
Ford 227,878 211,986 + 8.0
General Motors 418,176 453,631 – 7.8
Audi 8,221 7,209 +14.0
BMW/Mini 23,430 21,551 + 8.7
Honda/Acura 165,985 154,587 + 7.4
Hyundai 70,059 65,000 + 7.8
Jaguar 943 1,200 -21.4
Kia 29,569 28,286 + 4.5
Land Rover 2,570 2,086 +23.2
Mazda 81,007 77,867 + 4.0
Mercedes-Benz 17,567 15,790 +11.3
Mitsubishi 10,957 10,391 + 5.4
Nissan/Infiniti 66,755 70,983 – 6.0
Porsche 1,868 1,926 – 3.0
Subaru 16,190 15,966 + 1.4
Suzuki 11,158 8,813 +26.6
Toyota/Lexus 195,780 175,787 +11.4
Volkswagen 35,123 31,724 +10.7
Volvo 9,911 11,651 -14.9
Total light vehicle sales 1,614,700 1,583,291 + 2.0

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