Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of new passenger cars and light trucks were down by 0.5 per cent overall in May, but still ranked second-best for that month, according to a report by industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Total passenger car sales were up 6.1 per cent while total light truck sales were down 8.8 per cent.

“The ‘wows’ in the U.S. auto market don’t seem to be taking hold in Canada, which is truly amazing,” DesRosiers said. “Rarely does Canada go counter cyclical to the U.S. market for any length of time, and it has now been a couple (of) years. Sales year-to-date are up 4.3 per cent and this is shaping up to be possibly the best sales year in our history, and if not the best, then one of the best.”

Sales for May 2008 are as follows:

Manufacturer May 2008 May 2007 Per cent change
Chrysler 27,201 25,605 + 6.2
Ford 23,562 25,160 – 6.4
General Motors 35,937 44,815 -19.8
Acura 1,996 1,765 +13.1
Audi 836 881 – 5.1
BMW 2,747 2,721 + 1.0
Honda 16,898 16,477 + 2.7
Hyundai 9,508 7,776 +22.3
Infiniti 832 730 +15.0
Jaguar 112 61 +23.1
Kia 4,010 3,775 + 6.2
Land Rover 190 350 -45.7
Lexus 1,825 1,633 +11.8
Mazda 9,676 10,312 – 6.2
Mercedes-Benz 2,192 1,514 +44.8
Mini 577 412 +40.0
Mitsubishi 1,847 1,651 +11.9
Nissan 8,846 7,402 +19.5
Porsche 208 252 -17.5
Saab 154 303 -49.2
Smart 440 532 -17.3
Subaru 1,931 1,700 +13.6
Suzuki 1,528 1,450 + 5.4
Toyota 26,664 23,091 +15.5
Volkswagen 3,920 3,907 + 0.3
Volvo 830 1,166 -28.8
Total light vehicle sales 184,467 185,471 – 0.5
Passenger cars 109,459 103,193 + 6.1
Light truck 75,008 82,278 – 8.8

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