TORONTO – Auto manufacturers enjoyed their best November sales ever last month as the industry races toward what may well be a record year for light vehicle sales in Canada.
DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says 145,426 cars and light trucks were sold in November, up 4.7 per cent from last year even though the month had two fewer selling days than a year ago.
DesRosiers said passenger car sales continued to fall in November, off some seven per cent from last year at 50,708, and down 5.7 per cent year to date at 675,302.
Light truck sales, meanwhile, saw an increase of 12.3 per cent last month to 94,718 and are up nine per cent on the year to more than 1.09 million.
The consultant says that if December sales simply match last year’s total of 131,000 vehicles, then the Canadian market will have exceeded 1.9 million sales for the first time ever.
Among individual automakers, General Motors Canada was the sales leader for the second consecutive month, with sales up 13.2 per cent to 21,812. That was slightly ahead of Fiat Chrysler Canada, whose sales were up 0.6 per cent at 21,038 and Ford, up 3.1 per cent at 20,685.
Among other popular brands, Toyota’s sales increased 3.4 per cent to 14,016 vehicles, while Honda sales were up 2.3 per cent at 13,025 and Hyundai sales rose 4.4 per cent to 10,501.
Volkswagen, embroiled in a scandal in which it has admitted cheating on emissions tests, was among the few manufacturers reporting declining sales — down 5.5 per cent at 4,575 vehicles.