Canada Auto Sales By Brand – December 2011


Strong performances by Toyota, Nissan, and Lexus appear to make Japanese automakers the story of December 2011’s auto sales by brand post. Toyota was the second-most-popular automaker in Canada last month. Lexus, the fourth-best-selling premium brand, posted a 31% year-over-year increase. Nissan moved up from eighth spot in November to seventh in December on 39% gains.

Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge/Ram, GMC, Buick, Lincoln, and Cadillac all ended December with lower sales than in December 2010. Ford’s loss was slight and the Blue Oval still finished December 6500 sales ahead of its nearest competitor. Ford ended 2011 up 3.3%.

Jaguar and Saab both posted enormous gains but both reports are artificially inflated by enormously low sales from this time last year. The same can be said for Scion, which wasn’t operating across Canada last December, and Mini, which wasn’t offering the now essential Countryman a year ago.

Honda continues to struggle when the manufacturer’s sales are compared with 2010 levels. Nevertheless, the Civic was Canada’s best-selling car in 2011 and a new Accord should, or at least could help the situation later on in 2012.

The more eye-catching table is the 2011 wrap-up, so after a scan of the info below, click here for a look at the Canadian rankings of these 34 automakers when the whole twelve months of 2011 are taken into account.

Updated 01.04.2012 @ 5:12 PM AST

Rank
Automaker
December 2011

Change
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
18,752
– 0.3%
267,688
+ 3.3%
#2
Toyota
12,291
+ 41.8%
144,176
– 8.2%
#3
Chevrolet
10,886
– 8.3%
150,540
+ 0.8%
#4
Dodge/Ram
10,742
– 3.1%
167,636
+ 8.2%
#5
Honda
9524
– 14.2%
107,849
– 12.8%
#6
Hyundai
6490
+ 6.3%
129,240
+ 9.1%
#7
Nissan
6149
+ 38.6%
77,731
+ 3.9%
#8
GMC
5955
– 8.9%
72,989
+ 1.8%
#9
Mazda
4868
– 6.7%
69,186
– 12.0%
#10
Volkswagen
3565
– 4.5%
52,604
+ 15.9%
#11
Kia
3419
+ 12.5%
65,123
+ 20.9%
#12
Mercedes-Benz
2798
– 9.2%
31,063
+ 4.8%
#13
Jeep
2689
+ 1.6%
42,909
+ 15.0%
#14
Subaru
2493
+ 6.2%
26,984
– 3.0%
#15
BMW
2214
– 1.7%
29,773
+ 9.5%
#16
Mitsubishi
2074
+ 18.6%
20,511
+ 5.2%
#17
Acura
1547
– 13.0%
15,272
– 11.9%
#18
Lexus
1104
+ 31.1%
13,364
– 6.2%
#19
Buick
959
– 14.1%
11,652
+ 3.4%
#20
Chrysler
913
+ 34.3%
15,055
+ 18.3%
#21
Audi
882
+ 30.9%
16,867
+ 17.7%
#22
Lincoln
621
– 4.5%
8162
– 5.4%
#23
Volvo
510
+ 13.8%
6815
+ 4.0%
#24
Infiniti
508
– 11.5%
6936
– 15.8%
#25
Suzuki
489
– 23.2%
5625
– 38.4%
#26
Cadillac
482
– 23.6%
7577
+ 2.4%
#27
Mini
452
+ 43.5%
5155
+ 14.5%
#28
Land Rover
367
+ 93.2%
3228
+ 26.7%
#29
Scion
311
+ 75.7%
4720
+ 595%
#30
Fiat
284
—–
5392
—–
#31
smart
179
+ 24.3%
1851
– 8.3%
#32
Jaguar
71
+ 122%
776
+ 2.8%
#33
Porsche
61
– 62.6%
2214
+ 8.7%
#34
Saab
6
+ 200%
167
+ 8250%

Source: Automakers, AIAMC, DesrosiersAutomotive News Data Center 
Red font indicates declining year-over-year sales, bold indicates a so-called premium brand
Bentley and Maserati will report later in the month

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