October 4, 2006


Toyota and Honda move ahead of DaimlerChrysler and Ford in September auto sales

Richmond Hill, Ontario – For the first time in the history of the Canadian automotive industry, neither Chrysler nor Ford captured the second or third spot in sales, says industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. For the first time, Toyota/Lexus was in second place behind General Motors, with Honda/Acura in third, DaimlerChrysler in fourth, and Ford in fifth. Overall, light vehicle sales in September 2006 were up 9.3 per cent, marking the first time this year for two solid growth months in a row.

“We have been talking about this for months so nobody should be surprised,” DesRosiers says. “DCX (DaimlerChrysler) has regularly outsold Ford and on a number of occasions, Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura have snuck into third place. What did surprise me was that this happened in September, one of the better sales months each year, and it happened in the face of both DCX and Ford increasing sales in September. These were not bad months for DCX and Ford, they were just better months for Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, and let’s not forget GM, whose sales were also up a solid 7.9 per cent.”

Sales for September 2006 were:

Manufacturer August 2006 August 2005 Per cent change
DaimlerChrysler 16,191 16,115 + 0.5
Ford 15,294 15,097 + 1.3
General Motors 35,166 32,602 + 7.9
Acura 2,186 1,930 +13.3
Audi 850 726 +17.1
BMW 1,826 1,451 +25.8
Honda 14,702 9,647 +52.4
Hyundai 6,090 5,745 + 6.0
Infiniti 580 630 – 7.9
Jaguar 60 139 -56.8
Kia 2,471 2,670 – 7.5
Land Rover 221 175 +26.3
Lexus 957 802 +19.3
Mazda 7,044 6,331 +11.3
Mercedes-Benz 1,229 1,050 +17.0
Mini 291 297 – 2.0
Mitsubishi 1,105 740 +37.2
Nissan 6,544 6,455 + 1.4
Porsche 128 119 + 7.6
Saab 277 178 +55.6
Smart 192 330 -41.8
Subaru 1,292 1,401 – 7.8
Suzuki 904 885 + 2.1
Toyota 16,247 14,539 +11.7
Volkswagen 3,176 3,338 – 4.9
Volvo 831 807 + 3.0
Light vehicle sales 135,764 124,199 + 9.3
Passenger car 72,813 70,233 + 3.7
Light truck 62,951 53,966 +16.6

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