Record sales in June pushed the Canadian total to more than one million units for first half of the year – a new record.

June sales were up 40% as this truck continues to be the best-selling vehicle in the country
With a 28% increase in sales last month – 45% for Golf alone – VW may have finally hit the bottom of the decline brought on by dieselgate.

Boosted by a strong economy, low interest rates and hefty incentives, the Canadian love affair with the automobile continues unabated. We bought more than 200,000 new vehicles in June. That record pushed the total for the first half of 2017 to more one million units, also a record.

Car sales continued to decline in June, down a further one per cent, while truck sales were up 10%. Looking through the data, Automotive News Canada noticed a couple of anomalies. The sporty Mustang outsold the mainstream compact Focus in June and sales of the Kia Sedona minivan were up a hefty 161%


Data from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants shows the top five companies, in terms of sales at mid-year, were: Ford, 160,000; FCA, 152,000; GM, 150,000;Hyundai/Kia, 105,000 and Toyota, 102,000. The bottom five brands were: Fiat, 1,859; Maserati, 742; Alfa Romeo, 222; Genesis, 218 and Smart, 183

Sedona sales were up a hefty 161% in June

DesRosiers had reported earlier that sales continue to be strong across the country. “All the major regions of Canada pushed May to a record setting month,” it said. Six provinces reported a double-digit increase including Nova Scotia (+23.0%), Saskatchewan (+18.8%), Alberta (+17.8%), Manitoba (+15.5%), British Columbia (+11.2%) and Ontario (+11.0%).

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At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.

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