Ford, Chrysler Canadian sales climb in November while GM drops
TORONTO (Reuters) -- New vehicle sales at both Ford Motor Co. of Canada and Chrysler Canada made big gains in November, lifted by strong consumer demand for cars and growth in the Canadian auto industry.
Ford, which retained its rank as Canada's top-selling automaker, said total vehicle sales rose 7.4 percent in November from a year earlier, as car sales jumped 14 percent and truck sales climbed 5.6 percent.
"We saw strength across the entire lineup," Dianne Craig, CEO of Ford Canada, said in a statement. "The Canadian auto industry has seen incredible growth in 2012 and we're pleased that Ford of Canada has outpaced it in November."
New car sales climbed to 4,444 in November from 3,899 in the same period last year, while truck sales rose to 15,003 from 14,204.
Chrysler Canada said its vehicle sales rose 4.7 percent in November, extending its streak of year-over-year monthly sales gains to 36 consecutive months.
The automaker said total November sales rose to 17,013 vehicles from 16,244 in the same period last year.
Car sales jumped 47 percent to 2,802 vehicles, while truck sales dipped 0.9 percent to 14,211 vehicles.
Chrysler, majority owned by Fiat SpA, said the new Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 helped power the passenger car sales surge.
Year-to-date sales are up 5.9 percent to 229,089 vehicles, the company said.
General Motors Co. said total Canada sales fell 3.2 percent to 17,372 vehicles. The company's statement did not give a full specific sales report by brand or vehicle.
"Canadians continue to embrace our smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles," Marc Comeau, vice president of sales, service and marketing at GM Canada, said in a statement.
Toyota Canada said its total sales declined slightly to 14,512 vehicles from 14,563, but year-to-date sales were up 21 percent.Contact Automotive News