Richmond Hill, Ontario – Ford had the best sales of any manufacturer in April, a month that saw the market rise by 6.9 per cent overall when compared with April 2010, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

The figures bring the market up by 3.6 per cent to year-to-date. DesRosiers said that while April was fairly strong at 159,942 units, “it was still well below April sales in 2007 and 2008. This market has a long way to go before we can safely say that the vehicle markets have returned to more normal levels. With supply constraints coming as a result of the Japanese tsunami, we expect the next quarter to be quite soft. Indeed, were are pulling 45,000 units out of our second- and third-quarter forecast and pushing them into our fourth, and first-quarter 2012 forecast.”

Ford was the best-selling brand in April, DesRosiers said, and is also the number one in Canada on a year-to-date basis, with sales up by 16.5 per cent to 81,427 units to the end of April.

Sales were as follows:

Manufacturer April 2011 April 2010 % Change
       
Chrysler 22,851 20,576 +11.1
Ford 25,536 23,430 +9.0
General Motors 22,622 23,451 -3.5
       
Acura 1,361 1,708 -20.3
Audi 2,011 1,733 +16.0
BMW 2,802 2,681 +4.5
Fiat 889 N/A
Honda 10,908 11,388 -4.2
Hyundai 14,267 12,495 +14.2
Infiniti 561 613 -8.5
Jaguar 80 74 +8.1
Kia 6,777 5,057 +34.0
Land Rover 247 225 +9.8
Lexus 1,623 1,370 +18.5
Mazda 7,574 8,338 -9.2
Mercedes-Benz 2,759 2,777 -0.6
Mini 472 411 +15.6
Mitsubishi 1,826 1,613 +13.2
Nissan 6,704 6,576 +1.9
Porsche 323 225 +43.6
Saab 21 N/A
Smart 260 205 +26.8
Subaru 2,900 2,640 +9.8
Suzuki 630 742 -15.1
Toyota 17,704 16,303 +8.6
Volkswagen 5,526 4,394 +25.8
Volvo 705 633 +11.4
       
Total sales 159,952 149,658 +6.9
       
Passenger car 75,680 70,061 +8.0
Light truck 84,262 79,597 +5.9
Domestic nameplates 71,009 67,457 +5.3
Import nameplates 88,933 82,201 +8.2

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