Canadian auto sales reached 164,796 units as light truck sales jumped 7% and passenger car sales rose 6% in June 2011, according to Desrosiers Automotive Reports. Most able to enjoy the 6.6% year-over-year improvement in the overall size of the market was Jeep, up 57.1%, and Nissan, up 47.4%. Nissan nearly tripled sales of its Altima to 3394 last month. Worst off, at least in terms of percentage declines, was Suzuki, as sales fell 37.4% to just 457, fewer than Fiat managed with just one model.
Ford, naturally, was the champion, out-selling all of General Motors by more than 5500, and out-selling Chrysler Canada by more than 10,000. Three out of every ten Blue Oval sales was an F-Series. In all, nine Ford models reported sales figures that were four digits long, including the Mustang at 1140.
Toyota Canada, as a whole, had a terrible month. Japan’s disaster-filled March, an ongoing disaster for thousands of people, continues to haunt certain Japanese automakers. In June 2010 Toyota and Lexus combined for 16,036 sales. That figure dropped 28.5% one year later even with the addition of Toyota’s Scion subdivision and its accompanying 598 sales, 47% of which came form the tC.
Honda struggled mightily in June, too, falling 19.1%. Its Acura division dropped 21.3%. As great as things were for Nissan – June 2011 was the brand’s best ever month, just as it was for BMW, Mini, and Kia – Infiniti slotted into ninth spot in the luxury field. Not a good showing. The three Germans, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, saddled up in first, second, and third spots among premium brands.