Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of new vehicles in Canada rose by 11.6 per cent for June, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, who said that the figure “puts Canada back on track for a respectable sales year.”

The month brings the year-to-date sales from January to June up to 9.1 per cent. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) was also up from the last three months, at 1.566 million units.

“We have to be very careful when referring to comparable figures from a year ago since last summer the industry was in turmoil due to restructurings in the U.S. by GM and Chrysler,” DesRosiers said. He noted that June marked the second year in a row that the three Detroit automakers outperformed import nameplates, which hasn’t happened since the early 1990s.

DesRosiers also noted that light trucks were up 27.2 per cent, while passenger cars were down by 2.9 per cent, which “has serious implications for fuel efficiency targets,” he said.

Sales figures for June were as follows:

Manufacturer June 2010 June 2009 % Change
       
Chrysler 18,454  9,161 +101.4
Ford 31,706 27,373 + 15.8
General Motors 25,646 22,034 + 16.4
       
Acura  1,439  1,812 – 20.6
Audi  1,235  1,106 + 11.7
BMW  3,006  3,003 + 0.1
Honda 10,450 11,942 – 12.5
Hyundai 11,501 10,104 + 13.8
Infiniti    809    679 + 19.1
Jaguar    106     97 + 8.2
Kia  5,864  5,200 + 12.8
Land Rover    213    123 + 73.2
Lexus  1,429  1,402 + 1.9
Mazda  7,218  6,711 + 7.6
Mercedes-Benz  2,876  2,580 + 11.5
Mini    501    528 – 5.1
Mitsubishi  1,604  1,744 – 8.0
Nissan  7,248  6,743 + 7.5
Porsche    180    170 + 5.9
Saab      –     37 -100.0
Smart    233    303 – 23.1
Subaru  2,316  1,763 + 31.4
Suzuki    730  1,273 – 42.7
Toyota 14,607 17,198 – 15.1
Volkswagen  4,479  4,513 – 0.8
Volvo    716    901 – 20.5
       
Light vehicles 154,565 138,500 + 11.6
Passenger car  72,536  74,028 – 2.0
Light truck  82,029  64,472 +27.2

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