June 5, 2003

May vehicle sales: GM and Chrysler decline, imports continue upwards climb

General Motors reported May sales were down 7.2 per cent from the same period last year. Compared to May 2002, passenger car sales for the month were 29,481 units, down 8.0 percent, and truck sales were 24,491 units, down 6.2 percent. However, total sales of 53,972 vehicles represented the company’s second strongest month in 14 years.

DaimlerChrysler Canada sales of 23,901 were down 6.7%. Car sales of 5,773 were down 15.8% while truck sales of 18,128 declined by 3.3%

Ford of Canada was the lone bright spot among the domestics: the company sold 28,460 new Ford and Lincoln vehicles in May, a 5.2 per cent increase from the same month last year. Truck sales rose 6.1 per cent to 19,053 units, and car sales were up 3.4 per cent at 9,407 units.

Imports continued their sales climb. Toyota Canada sales of 15,145 were 4.3% ahead of last May boosted primarily by sales of Toyota trucks which were ahead by 34.3%.

Nissan Canada has its best sales month ever, with sales of 6,570 vehicles.

Hyundai Auto Canada today announced sales of 7,467 vehicles for the month of May, a 6.1% increase over last May. This result represents the best May for Hyundai in 18 years.

Kia Canada announced its best sales month ever with a grand total of 3,081 vehicles sold. This represents a 12.2% increase over May 2002.

Volkswagen Canada’s sales for May 2003 totalled 3,775 new units. Year-to-date sales of 15,631 units are a decrease of 3.5% over the same time period last year.

Honda Canada reported May Sales for the Honda Division were 13,967 units. The Acura Division reported sales of 2,407 units. The company did not say if this was an increase or decrease from last year’s May sales.

Newcomer Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada recorded its best sales month so far with 1,454 vehicles sold in May, a 20 per cent increase over April sales.

Sales of luxury cars were also brisk in May.

Lexus had its best sales month ever – 886 vehicles, up 22.7 per cent compared to last May.

Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, also celebrated its best month ever – with sales for the month of May totaling 979, a 32.5% increase over May 2002. This marks the fourteenth consecutive month that Infiniti has broken all previous monthly sales records in Canada

Sales of BMW vehicles in the month of May amounted to 1,802 units, an increase of 16% over the same month last year. BMW Canada also sold 247 Minis.

Audi sales totalled 790, compared with 657 units in May 2002, an increase of 20.2%.

May Volvo sales of 1,139 outpaced the 1,014 vehicles sold in May of 2002 for a 12.3 per cent increase.

Porsche Cars North announced Canadian retail sales for May totaled 231 cars, compared to 176 for the same period last year, an increase of 31 percent.

Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover Canada had sales in May of 333 units, down 32 per cent compared with the same period last year. Jaguar sales for the month total 218 cars, down 32 per cent. Land Rover sales total 115 units for the month of May, down 31 per cent compared with same period last year.

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