Ford on top in Canada; Chrysler soars

TORONTO (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co.'s Canadian arm sold more vehicles than all other automakers in Canada in November -- helped in part by strong sales of the Fusion sedan.

But in terms of sales growth, Chrysler Canada sales rose almost 13 percent year-over-year in November outpacing all of its Detroit competitors.

Ford Canada said November sales rose 1.1 percent. Consumers bought 19,668 Ford cars and trucks last month, slightly higher than the 19,447 it sold during the same month a year ago.

Sales of Ford's passenger car rose 6.1 percent to 4,717, while truck sales declined 0.3 percent to 14,951.

Year-to-date, Ford leads in total sales, with 267,427 cars and trucks sold. This marked a 3.2 percent rise from the same period last year.

Chrysler Canada reported a 12.9 percent jump in November sales, bolstered in part by strong sales of both its 2013 Jeep Cherokee and the all-new 2014 model.

It sold 19,206 cars and trucks, compared with 17,013 sold last November, and extended its year-over-year sales growth to 48 months.

Car sales rose 9 percent to 3,053 last month, while truck sales climbed 13.7 percent to 16,153.

Overall vehicle sales for Chrysler Canada are up 6.8 percent so far this year with 244,570 units sold, and are already ahead of full year 2012 figures, Chrysler said.

General Motors Canada reported a small sales gain of 0.6 percent, and said it sold 17,482 vehicles in November. GM said that data reflects one less day of sales than in the same period last year.

"Demand continues to build for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars and trucks, including the all-new GMC Sierra," said John Roth, vice president of sales at General Motors of Canada.

Car sales climbed 3.1 percent to 5,114 units, while 12,368, or 0.3 percent fewer, trucks were sold.

Overall sales are up 2.7 percent this year, with consumers purchasing 217,908 GM cars and trucks.

In the United States, aggressive discounting and the continued popularity of big pickup trucks helped propel November vehicle sales well past expectations.

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