Canadian sales continued strong in October, ending the month up 9.6 percent over last year. A total of 116,487 light vehicles were sold in October, with trucks taking a 44.9 percent share.
General Motors dealers delivered 8.5 percent more vehicles this October, with passenger car sales rising a whopping 28.5 percent. However, GM's monthly truck sales fell 10.0 percent. GM sales for the year are up 8.6 percent.
Ford's new Focus topped its sales charts in October, helping the company post a 0.4 percent sales gain for the month, despite a month-over-month dip of 9.6 percent in overall passenger car sales. Truck sales were up 5.4 percent, and Ford is ahead 2.2 percent for the year so far.
DaimlerChrysler saw sales slide 6.0 percent in October despite continued strong demand for its minivans. Passenger car sales were off 7.7 percent, and truck sales were down 6.4 percent. Year-to-date sales are down 3.0 percent.
All Japanese and Korean makes represented in Canada posted gains in October. Toyota's sales rose 9.7 percent, while Nissan posted a whopping 30.5 percent increase. Nissan results were pumped up by sales of cars imported from Japan. Nissan's import car sales rose 90.6 percent.
Honda sales soared 48.1 percent, as consumers snapped up its cars and trucks. Honda's car sales rose 64.1 percent, while truck sales rose 44.7 percent. European makes reported mixed results.