July 4, 2002

Import auto makers set sales records in June

While import manufacturers were making record sales in June, at General Motors passenger cars sales declined. Both Ford and Chrysler recorded sales increases last month, but at a more modest level than import competitors.

General Motors of Canada sold 45,319 vehicles in June, a decrease of 6.2 per cent from the same period last year. Passenger car sales for the month were 22,290 units, down 13.4 per cent, and truck sales were 23,029 units, up 1.9 per cent when compared to June 2001. However, not all was gloomy at GM. Cadillac Division showed a 31.5 per cent sales increase, led principally by the all-new 2003 Cadillac CTS sports sedan, while sales of the Oshawa-built Buick Century were up almost 100%.

Canadians purchased 30,168 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles in June, up 6.2 per cent compared to the same month last year. Strong June sales helped to lift Ford of Canada’s half-year results by 4.4%, the fifth best January-to-June period in the company’s history. June car sales rose by 8.5 per cent to 10,694, and truck sales were up 5.0 per cent to 19,474 vehicles. At 3,556 sales, Explorer recorded its highest-ever monthly sales volume since its March 1990 Canadian launch.

DaimlerChrysler Canada reported June deliveries of 26,037 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles – an increase of 9.1 per cent over the 23,868 vehicles sold in the same month last year. June deliveries of 19,152 trucks were 18.6 per cent higher than the 16,145 sold in the same month one year earlier. June sales of 9,983 Dodge Caravans – still the top-selling vehicle in Canada – were 11.8 per cent higher than the 9,042 sold in the corresponding month last year.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) had its best-ever first-half sales in 37 years of selling vehicles in Canada, with year-to-date sales of 78,962, up 23.6 percent over last year’s first six months. June sales set a new record for the month, with total retail sales of Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks reaching 14,815 units – beating last June’s sales of 12,023 units by 23.2 percent. This is Toyota Canada’s sixth straight month of record sales.

Nissan Canada Inc. and its luxury division, Infiniti, reported record sales for the month of June. Combined June sales for Nissan and Infiniti totaled 6,035 units sold (a 29.3% increase over
June 2001). Infiniti sales for June 2002 totaled 630 units sold (a 100% increase versus June 2001) – making this the best June on record. Nissan Canada also celebrated record monthly sales – with 5,405 units sold in the month of June (a 32.6% increase versus June 2001).

Sales of BMW vehicles in Canada rose 14% in the first half of 2002, BMW Group Canada announced today. Year-to-date, BMW Canada has recorded sales of 7,636 units – 1605 units of which were sold in
June, establishing June 2002 as the best single sales month in history. Previous best was May 2002, with sales of 1548 units.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc., (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, today announced Canadian retail sales for June totaled 151 cars, 15 percent more than in the same period last year, making it the best June in history for Porsche in Canada. In addition, Porsche 911 sales were up 53 percent, making it the best June in history for sales of that model in Canada.

To date, Audi has retailed 3,531 units, an increase of 537 vehicles or 17.9 % over the 2,994 cars sold in the same period last year. The A4 continues to be the top seller for Audi with 396 vehicles sold in June 2002, compared with the 286 vehicles sold in June 2001, an increase of 38.5%.

The Volkswagen Jetta continues to be Volkswagen’s best selling car in June with 2,124 units sold. The Jetta Line up will be expanding with the introduction of the Jetta Wagon, set to arrive in
dealerships later this month. Volkswagen Canada sales in June reached 3,964 vehicles, compared with
4,599 vehicles in June 2001, a decrease of 13.8%.

Hyundai Auto Canada completed the first half of 2002 with 33,137 sales, up 14.1% over the 29,047 vehicles sold in 2001. The Santa Fe posted a strong 109.2% sales increase for the first half, with sales reaching 4,327 units. Also showing gains for the first half were the Elantra sedan and GT model with an increase of 20.1%, the restyled Sonata with an increase of 20.3% and the 2003 Tiburon with a 13.7% jump.

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