Richmond Hill, Ontario – Passenger car and light truck sales were down 3.5 per cent in September when compared with the same month in 2008, but were much better than year-to-date sales which are now down 14.3 per cent, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers.

“GM reemerged as the best-selling brand in September, although their sales were down by 23.4 per cent,” DesRosiers said. “Ford was the big Detroit winner with sales up 24.4 per cent. Ford has a strong product cadence and this is certainly helping them move a lot of product.”

DesRosiers noted that BMW had one of its best months on record, while Mercedes-Benz had its best to date, with 2,248 vehicles sold. Other smaller manufacturers had large gains in September, including Subaru up 68.4 per cent, and Mitsubishi up 18.5 per cent.

Sales in September were as follows:

Manufacturer Sept 2009 Sept 2008 % change
       
Chrysler 15,804 17,006 – 7.1
Ford 16,140 12,976 +24.4
General Motors 23,568 30,784 -23.4
       
Acura  1,127  2,048 -45.0
Audi  1,111    949 +17.1
BMW  2,402  1,600 +50.1
Honda 11,272 12,841 -12.2
Hyundai  9,282  7,095 +30.8
Infiniti    639    746 -14.3
Jaguar     62     82 -24.4
Kia  4,515  3,772 +19.7
Land Rover    179    195 – 8.2
Lexus  1,504  1,351 +11.3
Mazda  6,520  6,762 – 3.6
Mercedes-Benz  2,248  1,800 +24.9
Mini    340    409 -16.9
Mitsubishi  1,735  1,464 +18.5
Nissan  6,594  6,654 – 0.9
Porsche    114    100 +14.0
Saab     59    114 -48.2
Smart    312    301 + 3.7
Subaru  2,544  1,511 +68.4
Suzuki  1,351  1,304 + 3.6
Toyota 16,065 18,062 -11.1
Volkswagen  3,508  3,662 – 4.2
Volvo    508    543 – 6.4
       
Total sales 129,503 134,131 – 3.5
Passenger car  67,469  74,484 – 9.4
Light truck  62,034  59,647 + 4.0

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