Richmond Hill, Ontario – New vehicle sales in Canada dropped 2.9 per cent in November 2009, compared with 2008, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, giving a year-to-date drop of 12.5 per cent over the same period in 2008.

“The total market was down 2.9 per cent, although this was off a very weak November last year,” DesRosiers said. “So last month is nothing to get too comfortable with, even if it is much better than most months this year. It appears we still have a long way to go before we are out of this mess of a market.”

Predictions are that full year sales will be around 1.45 million units, a decline of about 200,000 units from 2009. DesRosiers noted that for the first time in its history, Toyota took the number-one sales spot for November, increasing 26.0 per cent from November 2008. “Toyota has had a tough year, with sales still down 12.6 per cent year-to-date, but now that they are getting product on the ground they are showing considerable improvement,” DesRosiers said. “Ford was the number-two OEM with 15,895 sales, although this was down 1.3 per cent from the same month last year, but still a very slight improvement from the overall market.”

Year-to-date, General Motors remains the number-one seller, followed closely by Ford and Toyota/Lexus, and then Chrysler.

November 2009 figures are as follows:

Manufacturer November 2009 November 2008 % Change
       
Chrysler 11,418 15,481 -26.2
Ford 15,895 16,109 – 1.3
General Motors 14,958 21,261 -29.6
       
Acura    941    914 + 3.0
Audi  1,086    737 +47.4
BMW  2,083  1,833 +13.6
Honda  7,955  8,310 – 4.3
Hyundai  7,022  5,563 +26.2
Infiniti    563    450 +25.1
Jaguar     50     40 +25.0
Kia  3,464  2,703 +28.2
Land Rover    196    142 +38.0
Lexus  1,284  1,152 +11.5
Mazda  5,117  5,024 + 1.9
Mercedes-Benz  2,071  1,639 +26.4
Mini    346    358 – 3.4
Mitsubishi  1,174  1,287 – 8.8
Nissan  4,749  4,479 + 6.0
Porsche    125    115 + 8.7
Saab     25     87 -71.3
Smart    169    177 – 4.5
Subaru  2,215  1,473 +50.4
Suzuki    713    934 -23.7
Toyota 14,829 11,640 +27.4
Volkswagen  3,190  2,840 +12.3
Volvo    484    473 + 2.3
       
Total sales 102,122 105,221 – 2.9
Passenger car  50,787  51,256 – 0.9
Light truck  51,335  53,965 – 4.9

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