Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales in Canada rose by only 1.4 per cent in October when compared to the same period in 2009, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Even so, it marked the best October for sales since 2002.

“If you look at the six-month trailing average number, you will see that each month it is creeping up slightly, which is positive for the short-term outlook for vehicle sales in Canada,” DesRosiers said. “The 1.4 per cent increase for October brings year-to-date sales up by 6.6 per cent to 1.329 million units and puts us on track for about a 1.56 million total this year, an increase of at least 100,000 units since about 2006. But again, with the amount of incentive money in the market, one would have expected better.”

The overall number included a 13.6 per cent rise in light truck sales, which offset a 10.5 per cent decline in automobiles. The October sales numbers are as follows:

Manufacturer October 2010 October 2009 % change
       
Chrysler 15,072 14,215 + 6.0
Ford 19,660 18,187 + 8.1
General Motors 17,915 18,818 – 4.8
       
Acura  1,722  2,079 -17.2
Audi  1,380  1,100 +25.5
BMW  2,425  2,310 + 5.0
Honda 11,134  9,224 +20.7
Hyundai  9,138  8,415 + 8.6
Infiniti    820    743 +10.4
Jaguar     52     68 -23.5
Kia  4,488  3,603 +24.6
Land Rover    236    224 + 5.4
Lexus  1,220  1,459 -16.4
Mazda  5,657  5,612 + 0.8
Mercedes-Benz  2,346  2,199 + 6.7
Mini    406    380 + 6.8
Mitsubishi  1,847  1,452 +27.2
Nissan  6,134  5,912 + 3.8
Porsche    185    130 +42.3
Saab  —     41 -100.0
Smart    124    228 -45.6
Subaru  2,431  2,486 – 2.2
Suzuki    703  1,336 -47.4
Toyota 13,320 17,354 -23.2
Volkswagen  4,306  3,545 +21.5
Volvo    433    380 +13.9
       
Total sales 123,154 121,500 + 1.4
       
Passenger car 55,395 61,865 -10.5
Light truck 67,759 59,635 +13.6

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