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
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%).