TORONTO - Canadian sales slipped 3.6 percent in November despite continued incentives, but the economy is moving at a record pace and year-end light-vehicle sales still will be ahead of last year.
Auto consumers may be taking a breather from their torrid spending of late last year and earlier this year, said Robert Girard, vice president of sales at Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. 'Looking forward, solid economic growth in Canada and pent-up consumer demand will continue to fuel a strong growth in the industry,' he said.
Industry sales for the first 11 months of 2000 are up 4.7 percent to 1.436 million cars and light trucks. In November, 115,080 cars and light trucks were sold.
Big-volume producers General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Ford were the major contributors to the November decline.
DaimlerChrysler sales skidded 15.5 percent from last November. For the year, though, DaimlerChrysler sales have nearly kept pace with the market and are up 4.0 percent.
General Motors sales slipped 8.9 percent. So far this year, GM's overall sales are ahead 0.7 percent.
Ford sales fell 3.3 percent, because of a 9.2 percent drop in light-truck sales. Ford's passenger car sales rose 8.1 percent. For the year, Ford sales are up 0.9 percent.
Sales of Japanese makes, which now hold a 25.0 percent share of the market, were generally up. Honda, Mazda and Nissan each had double-digit gains. Only Suzuki and Toyota reported declines.