Toronto, Ontario – Sales of light trucks rose by 21.6 per cent in Canada in September, offsetting a drop of 11.6 per cent in passenger car sales for a total improvement of 4.3 per cent versus September 2009, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

“Huge numbers for Ford this past month and this solidifies their grasp on first place in vehicle sales in Canada, with 210,000 units year-to-date, up 21.7 per cent to the end of September,” DesRosiers said. “Interestingly, on a pure percentage change basis, Land Rover is the leader, up 41 per cent from a small base (year-to-date), followed by Audi up 34.3 per cent, followed by Chrysler up 29.6 per cent, although soft in September, then Subaru up 24.8 per cent year-to-date and then Ford.”

Toyota and General Motors underperformed in September, DesRosiers said, resulting in a relatively poor overall market performance. “We had been tracking up about 8 to 9 per cent this year, and September ended up only 4.3 per cent. Good but not great. The misleading part about September is that we are finally getting back to some reasonable comparisons. So an increase of 4.3 per cent actually translates into a pretty decent SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualized rate) of 1.603 million units, which is fairly healthy market on a SAAR basis.”

Sales in September 2010 are as follows:

Manufacturer September 2010 September 2009 % change
       
Chrysler 16,039 15,804 + 1.5
Ford 26,450 16,140 +63.9
General Motors 17,885 23,568 -24.1
       
Acura  1,460  1,127 +29.5
Audi  1,311  1,111 +18.0
BMW  2,602 2,402 + 8.3
Honda 12,202 11,272 + 8.3
Hyundai 10,406  9,282 +12.1
Infiniti    750    639 +17.4
Jaguar     70     62 +12.9
Kia  4,745  4,515 + 5.1
Land Rover    233    179 +30.2
Lexus  1,305  1,504 -13.2
Mazda  6,881  6,520 + 5.5
Mercedes-Benz  2,458  2,248 + 9.3
Mini    451    340 +32.6
Mitsubishi  1,373  1,735 -20.9
Nissan  7,798  6,594 +18.3
Porsche    166    114 +45.6
Saab    —     59 -100.0
Smart    143    312 -54.2
Subaru  2,447  2,544 – 3.8
Suzuki    852  1,351 -36.9
Toyota 13,258 16,065 -17.5
Volkswagen  3,276  3,508 – 6.6
Volvo    537    508 + 5.7
       
Total sales 135,098 129,503 + 4.3
Passenger car  59,656  67,469 -11.6
Light truck  75,442  62,034 +21.6

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