The Canadian new vehicle market was up 5.5% in March thanks pretty much to light truck sales. Passenger car sales fell 0.6% according to Desrosiers Automotive Reports, but sales of pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans increased 11.2% compared with March 2010. No recent March has come within 2000 sales of March 2011’s Canadian sales total.

Ford led the way, as we’ve come to expect. F-Series sales jumped 25.2% in Blue Oval showrooms. Saab, still struggling to grab the attention of new car buyers, sold just 7 cars in March 2011. Only 10 of the 34 brands currently listed suffered sales declines (there will be a handful of brands added later in the coming days). The biggest loser was Chrysler, down 47.4%. The biggest winner? Make that winners – Chevrolet and Lincoln were both up 38.3%. Year-to-date, Chevrolet is up 16%, better than any brand besides Porsche, Audi, and the ever-rising force known as Kia. 

Get this: the difference between Ford, Canada’s best-selling automotive brand, and its nearest competitor was greater than the total sales put up by Nissan or 27 other automakers. Ford isn’t just winning; they’re winning big. Bi-winning, as Martin’s son would say. 

As for Toyota, things do look a touch rough. But unlike February, Toyota was ahead of Hyundai this time around. March was also the best month ever for Toyota Canada’s truck division and the best month ever for the RAV4. 

Oh, and Fiat out-sold Mini. Ranked in order of total sales, here is the table for Canada Auto Sales By Brand, the March 2011 edition.

Rank
Automaker
March 2011

Change 
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
24,561
+15.4
54,097
+8.8
#2
Dodge
16,245
+10.0
39,714
+15.3
#3
Toyota
15,948
-13.7
32,595
-15.4
#4
Chevrolet
15,694
+38.3
32,387
+16.0
#5
Honda
13,804
+9.9
24,173
-8.1
#6
Hyundai
11,668
+6.0
27,052
+5.7
#7
Nissan
7726
-0.01
16,692
+2.5
#8
GMC
6867
+22.1
14,761
+6.3
#9
Mazda
5787
-29.0
13,645
-20.9
#10
Kia
5394
+21.6
12,313
+25.0
#11
Volkswagen
4536
+6.2
10,634
+12.8
#12
Jeep
3526
+9.7
8002
+2.1
#13
Mercedes-Benz
3162
+14.5
6619
+5.8
#14
Subaru
2700
+7.9
6218
+4.4
#15
BMW
2309
-5.9
5327
+8.4
#16
Mitsubishi
1895
-12.6
4866
+1.1
#17
Audi
1568
+5.9
3913
+21.1
#18
Lexus
1412
+8.4
2977
-5.7
#19
Acura
1389
-23.8
2870
-15.5
#20
Buick
1107
+37.5
2380
+31.0
#21
Lincoln
950
+38.3
1794
+6.4
#22
Cadillac
830
+23.9
1795
+13.9
#23
Infiniti
827
-6.9
1607
-8.5
#24
Chrysler
783
-47.4
1654
-47.9
#25
Suzuki
577
-39.5
1336
-38.4
#26
Volvo
563
-6.8
1382
-2.1
#27
Fiat
417
—–
426
—–
#28
Mini
370
+14.2
760
+12.8
#29
Scion
309
—–
628
—–
#30
Land Rover
295
+18.5
683
+13.1
#31
Porsche
219
+28.8
522
+39.6
#32
smart
126
-45.2
282
-35.5
#33
Jaguar
84
+7.7
166
+12.2
#34
Saab
7
—–
20
—–

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

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