CANADA: GM, Nissan, Toyota volumes advance

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General Motors and Nissan both posted large Canadian sales gains in July -- up 22 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

GM Canada delivered 25,852 vehicles in July, a 21.6 percent increase compared with the same month last year. Nissan Canada's total sales, including its luxury Infiniti brand, were up 10.7 percent to 12,788 units in July. GM said it was its best July total since 2008.

The automaker has now sold about 131,000 vehicles through the first seven months of 2017 -- a 16.4 percent increase over the same time last year.

“Driven by our enormous success with our crossover portfolio, it is like we have sold an extra months’ worth of retail sales so far this year,” John Roth, GM Canada's vice president of sales, service and marketing, said in a statement.

GM Canada says it plans to release detailed sales numbers by model later Tuesday.

Nissan's record month 

Sales of the Nissan's small cars surged in July. The Micra sold 946 units, up 17.8 percent, while the Versa sold 683 units, up 19.8 percent. Meanwhile, the automaker sold 1,142 units of the new compact SUV Qashqai during the first full month of sales.

But consumers fled from the Sentra, Altima and Maxima cars, down 35, 55 and 36 percent, respectively.

On the luxury side, Infiniti set a July sales record with 981 units sold, an increase of 8.3 percent.

Jeep helps FCA 

FCA Canada reported sales of 23,467 vehicles, down 3 percent compared with July 2016. The automaker can thank its Jeep brand for the numbers not being worse.

Jeep had sales of 9,842 units for July 2017, its highest monthly Canadian sales total during any month in the brand’s 75-year history. Jeep sales were up 36 percent over the same month last year.

The brand's completely redesigned Compass saw its sales rise nearly 400 per cent. Jeep sold 1,039 units of the new Compass, versus the previous model’s sales of 215 sold in July 2016. However, Jeep has also discontinued the Patriot, a rival cousin in the small SUV segment.

The Chrysler and Fiat brands dragged down FCA's total numbers. Chrysler sales dropped 61 percent with the elimination of the Town & Country minivan and 200 sedan.

Fiat sales were off 59 percent.

FCA struggled to move cars in July. Sales of the Chrysler 300 were down 82 per cent, while the Dodge Challenger and Charger were down 15 and 66 percent, respectively. Even the automaker's Dodge Ram truck line suffered a 13 percent decline, down to 6,990 units versus 8,026 a year ago.

Lexus, cars lead Toyota

Toyota Canada reported a total sales increase of 3.8 percent, driven by its Lexus luxury brand and the sale of cars.

The automaker sold 2,018 Lexus vehicles in July, up 7.2 percent from the 1,883 it sold during the same month last year. 

Toyota bucked a North American trend of slumping sedan sales, increasing sales of those and compact cars by 6.2 percent, to 6,925 units. In total, Toyota brand sales -- including a small number of Scion vehicles -- were up 3.4 percent to 16,943 units.

Subaru reported a sales increase of 5.8 percent to 4,454 vehicles. Its car sales up as well. The automaker sold 1,661 cars in July, up 29 percent over the 1,281 it sold in July 2016.

Kia Canada reported sales of 7,506 vehicles.

You can reach Greg Layson at glayson@autonews.com

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