2012 Volkswagen Passat Grille

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.

Rank
Automaker
August 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
25,260
+7.5
188,095
+5.5
#2
Chevrolet
16,047
+8.8
106,949
+4.4
#3
Dodge/Ram
13,756
+10.0
119,995
+10.4
#4
Toyota
12,320
+6.1
93,335
-16.1
#5
Hyundai
11,507
+0.9
92,981
+9.2
#6
Honda
8060
-29.7
67,985
-14.9
#7
GMC
7003
+2.7
49,412
+0.9
#8
Nissan
6768
+10.9
54,055
+5.5
#9
Mazda
6528
-12.8
47,933
-13.8
#10
Kia
5804
+6.9
45,282
+20.5
#11
Volkswagen
4302
+27.7
35,766
+18.7
#12
Jeep
3625
+18.0
30,107
+20.1
#13
BMW
2442
+4.3
19,300
+10.8
#14
Mercedes-Benz
2170
-3.7
20,043
+4.1
#15
Subaru
1863
-20.0
17,956
-0.3
#16
Mitsubishi
1666
+30.0
13,681
+6.9
#17
Audi
1466
+6.5
11,655
+16.6
#18
Acura
1449
-0.1
9069
-17.0
#19
Buick
1263
+6.6
8384
+14.7
#20
Lexus
1206
-3.8
8634
-12.2
#21
Chrysler
819
+42.9
9858
-2.9
#22
Cadillac
732
+12.8
5439
+8.8
#23
Lincoln
660
+26.7
5465
-3.2
#24
Infiniti
653
-16.3
4467
-18.7
#25
Fiat
616
—–
3856
—–
#26
Volvo
512
-1.7
4905
+3.0
#27
Scion
486
—–
3234
—–
#28
Suzuki
444
-55.8
3751
-40.3
#29
Mini
402
+3.1
3305
+14.6
#30
Land Rover
222
+6.7
1849
+11.3
#31
Porsche
175
+30.6
1771
+30.8
#32
smart
130
-24.9
1293
-12.2
#33
Jaguar
60
-14.3
531
-2.7
#34
Saab
24
—–
132
—–
#35
Maserati
12
+20.0
101
-7.3
#36
Bentley
9
+125.0
70
+59.1
#37
Maybach
1
—–
2
-33.3

Source: Automakers, AIAMC, Desrosiers & Automotive News Data Center

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