TORONTO - Buoyed by continuing incentives, new-vehicle sales in Canada surged 11.9 percent in April to just over 165,000 units, the seventh consecutive monthly gain.
The rising tide has lifted all boats. Big 3 sales for the four months through April are up 8.3 percent from the year-ago period while European brands are up 9.4 percent; Japanese brands, 19.6 percent; and the Koreans, 20 percent.
"The spring selling season has definitely begun, and our dealers are on fire," said Marc Comeau, General Motors of Canada's vice president of sales, service and marketing.
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Among Japanese brands, Nissan was up 34.6 percent in April; Toyota, 29.3 percent; Honda, 20.3 percent, and Mazda, 7.6 percent. With the exception of Suzuki, down 2.6 percent, all Japanese brands are up sharply in 2002.
The Koreans, Kia and Hyundai, gained 16.9 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, in April. For the year, Kia is ahead 25.4 percent while Hyundai is up 18.7 percent.
Porsche, off 14 percent, was the lone European brand to post lower sales in April.