October 3, 2002

September vehicle sales continue upward climb

Toronto, Ontario – Most automakers in Canada reported higher sales in September, as total vehicle sales head towards a record year.

General Motors of Canada had their best September ever. The company sold 46,749 vehicles in September, an increase of 23.7 per cent over the same period last year. Car sales of 24,713 were up 29 per cent while truck sales of 22,036 were up 18.3 per cent.

GM’s entry-level car sales were particularly strong. Sales of the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire were up by over 60 per cent, and sales of the Saturn SL and SC were up over 75 per cent. Other winners included the mid-sized Saturn LS (up 101%), Buick Rendezvous (up 97%), Chevrolet Tracker (up 89%), Buick Century (up 55%), and mid-size minivans (up 55%).

Ford of Canada reported combined sales of Ford and Lincoln vehicles were up 22% over last September. Lincoln sales were up 47%, but the company didn’t reveal a percentage increase figure for Ford vehicles.

Ford and Lincoln sold a total of 21,203 vehicles in September – car sales jumped 33.1 per cent to 6,761 and truck sales increased 17.1 per cent to 14,442.

Noteworthy sales leaders included the Lincoln Navigator (up 113.9%), Ford Excursion (up 110.5%), Ford Explorer (up 48.9%), Ford Focus (up 40.9%), Ford Taurus (up 40.8%), Ford Ranger (up 33.2%), Ford Windstar (up 29.6%), Lincoln LS (up 29.5%), Ford Expedition (up 28.5%), Ford Mustang (up 25.7%), Lincoln Town Car (up 25.3%), and Ford Escape (up 22.7%).

Both car and truck sales at DaimlerChrysler were lower in September. Combined sales of 17,910 cars and trucks were 7.1 percent lower than the same month last year. September sales of 4,637 cars were off 4.0 percent while sales of 13,273
trucks were down 8.1 percent compared with the same month last year. Year-to-date sales are up by 9.7%.

Toyota Canada’s sales in September of 11,683 vehicles were 2.9% better than last September. Total car sales of 8701 were up 3.1% while truck sales of 2982 were up 2.6%. Sales leaders included the Highlander (up 57%), Tundra pickup truck (up 57%), Echo subcompact (up 14%), and Corolla (up 7%). The redesigned Camry is also doing well, with sales up 45% year-to-date.

Hyundai Auto Canada sales reached 5,830 for September, up 16% over last year. Notable increases for the month include the Accent, Elantra, Tiburon, and Sonata with increases of 13%, 25%, 4%, and 40% respectively.
Volkswagen Canada sales increased 7.9% in Canada to 3,653 vehicles. Sales of the Volkswagen Jetta were up by 20% to 1,849 cars. The Golf and GTi are also doing will with an increase of 14.4% to 816 cars.

Subaru Canada sold a total of 1,535 vehicles in September – its best September ever – an increase of 13 per cent over the same month last year. Demand for the new Forester remained strong, with sales of that model up 65.4 per cent over September, 2001. Impreza sales also continued to climb, jumping by 33.3 per cent over September last year.

Nissan Canada continued strong sales with 5,514 units sold
in the month of September, up 1,162 units from August, 2002. Contributing to
this success is the Nissan Sentra, which increased its sales over August 2002
by over 524 units, and the Altima with 1,611 units sold for September, an increase of 43% over September, 2001.

Luxury car sales were also up in September. BMW Canada’s September sales were up by 26%, their best September ever. BMW sold 1,110 vehicles – sales of the 3-Series and 5-Series were up by 25%, X5 by 11%, and the new 7-Series up by 120% over September, 2001.

Audi Canada sold 1,048 vehicles last month, an increase of 25% and Audi’s best September since 1985. The A4 continues to be Audi’s best-seller with sales up by 90.7%.

Lexus had their ninth consecutive record sales month, with total
sales of 542, up 17.8 per cent compared to last September.

Mini Canada sold 206 new Mini Cooper and Cooper S models in September. The company also announced another new dealership in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Infiniti maintained its record sales trend for the fifth month in a row
by having its best September on record. The previous four months had also been
best-ever months, with May being Infiniti’s best ever month on record.
Infiniti sold 603 units in September, an increase of 74.8% over September
2001. Contributing to this success is the all-new 2003 Infiniti G35 sport
sedan. Infiniti has reported record monthly sales since the introduction of
the G35 in March of this year.

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