Canada’s auto market grew 3.2% in August 2011 as total sales improved by a little more than 4000 units. Ford, as we’ve come to expect, led the way with 7.5% gains. Year-to-date, Ford is ahead of its nearest rival, Dodge (with Ram) by 68,100 sales. That’s equal to Ford possessing all Dodge/Ram sales plus Honda.
Suzuki grabbed ownership of the Worst Year-Over-Year Decline trophy with a 55.8% plunge. Honda was down 29.7%, and it’s starting to look like inventory issues aren’t Honda’s only problems. There may be a failure to fulfill the desirability expectations, as well.
August 2011 was an especially good month for Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Lincoln, and Porsche. Volkswagen, in particular, was up nearly 28%. Though Toyota moved ahead of Hyundai with significant gains (it’s been a while), the Hyundai/Kia family found 17,311 buyers, a fair measure more than Toyota/Lexus/Scion’s 14,012.
Canada’s favourite premium brand in August was 13th-ranked BMW. Sales rose 4.3% to 2442. Mercedes-Benz and Audi ranked second and third in luxury land. Compare this with the UK where the top four most popular car manufacturers by sales are Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and BMW. Utilization of sites like www.motors.co.uk have contributed to the increase in used car sales volume through online local searches.
Passenger cars made up just 43.3% of the overall new vehicle market. General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler (excluding Fiat) were responsible for 49.2% of all sales. Fiat, by the way, with just the one model, out-sold Scion and absolutely smoked Mini.
The Good Car Guy publishes Sales Stats just like these for the United States, too. You can check that out here. But this table here is the Canada Auto Sales By Brand post for August 2011.