TORONTO -- With sales at the halfway point up 10.2 percent to 875,430 units, Canada's auto market is rolling toward another record year.
June sales increased 5.0 percent over the same month of last year, buoyed by the strong performance of import brands.
Japanese brands rose 13.7 percent, Korean brands were up 11.1 percent and sales of European makes rose 5.7 percent.
Summer 2002-model clear-out sales, including the return of 0 percent financing by GM, are expected to boost sales through the summer.
Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler group were up for the month. General Motors sales slipped 6.2 percent in June, although GM is up 10.6 percent for the first six months of the year.
Chrysler sales rose 9.1 percent in June because an 18.6 percent gain in truck sales outweighed a 10.9 percent decline in cars. Sales are up 5.8 percent for the year to date.
Ford sales were up 6.3 percent. Cars rose 8.5 percent, and truck sales were up 5.1 percent. Year-to-date sales are up 4.4 percent.
Among the Japanese automakers, Nissan was up 37.4 percent in June. Toyota rose 23.2 percent; Honda, 11.0 percent; Subaru, 6.8 percent; and Mazda, 2.4 percent. Suzuki sales slid 39.8 percent.
The Koreans continued strong in June. Kia sales climbed 16.8 percent, and Hyundai rose 11 percent.