Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales rose only 2.1 per cent in October from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Year-to-date date sales are 1,349,828 units, an increase of 1.5 per cent.

“Ford remained the best-selling OEM in Canada year-to-date, although sales were down 2.4 per cent in September from year-ago levels,” DesRosiers said. “Ford’s market share in September was 15.3 per cent, compared to their year-to-date market share tracking at 17.7 per cent.”

DesRosiers noted that with the exception of Toyota, all Japanese brands saw their sales decline. “The Japanese OEMs have been telling us for a few weeks now that the negative impact of the tsunami is now largely behind them, so their poor performance must be rooted in other issues, although there (are) still some supply side issues that need to be addressed,” DesRosiers said. “I personally think that it will be next spring before all the tsunami issues are fully resolved.”

DesRosiers also noted that the Korean automakers have reached new sales records, which for Kia marks the 34th month of record sales. “It appears that the Koreans have benefited the most from the problems in Japan,” DesRosiers said.

Sales for October are as follows:

Manufacturer Oct 2011 Oct 2010 % Change
Chrysler 16,945 15,072 +12.4
Ford 19,182 19,660 -2.4
General Motors 19,542 17,915 +9.1
Acura 1,472 1,722 -14.5
Audi 1,414 1,380 +2.5
BMW 2,432 2,425 +0.3
Honda 9,760 11,134 -12.3
Hyundai 10,242 9,138 +12.1
Infiniti 703 820 -14.3
Jaguar 53 52 +1.9
Kia 5,180 4,488 +15.4
Land Rover 371 236 +57.2
Lexus 1,229 1,220 +0.7
Mazda 5,377 5,657 -4.9
Mercedes-Benz 2,767 2,346 +17.9
Mini 431 406 +6.2
Mitsubishi 1,465 1,847 -20.7
Nissan 5,267 6,134 -14.1
Porsche 120 185 -35.1
Saab 12 n/a
Smart 98 124 -21.0
Subaru 2,314 2,431 4.8
Suzuki 435 703 -38.1
Toyota 13,751 13,320 +3.2
Volkswagen 4,628 4,306 +7.5
Volvo 490 433 +13.2
Total sales 125,680 123,154 +2.1
Passenger car 52,723 54,937 -4.0
Light truck 72,957 68,217 +6.9
Domestic nameplates 55,669 52,647 +5.7
Import nameplates 70,011 70,507 -0.7

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