2011 BMW X3 Front End

Canadian auto sales data from September 2011 has revealed a shrinking market. Overall, auto sales slid 0.4% from September of last year. While that loss is a small one, it occurred because many automakers – not just Japanese manufacturers struggling post-quake – suffered declines far worse than 0.4%. 

Chrysler’s 188.1% year-over-year improvement was unbeatable in September. On the flip side, Suzuki’s 49.6% decline was catastrophic. Ford’s volume was significantly higher than, for instance, Dodge’s, but Ford sales were down 2.8% even as year-to-date numbers through three quarters have Ford up 4.5%.

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Lexus, Infiniti, and Suzuki suffered year-over-year declines. Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Lincoln, Volvo, and Jaguar also reported falling sales. The losses at Ford Motor Company and Chevrolet alone could account for 1.3% of September 2010’s market. 

There are positive stories in the Auto Sales By Brand post below. Hyundai will be exceedingly happy to have beaten Nissan, Honda, and Chevrolet. Hyundai’s partner Kia finished the month ahead of Nissan, Mazda, and GMC. Volkswagen sales were up 41.3%. Mitsubishi came within 500 sales of Subaru by way of a 26.2% improvement. And there’s that Chrysler jump, a 188.1% year-over-year improvement as sales of the 300 sedan jumped 76% and Town & Country minivan sales soared 42%. The Chrysler 200 topped last September’s Chrysler Sebring performance by a 9-to-1 ratio. 

Beyond the declines reported by 14 out of 36 automakers, there were unintelligible signs of an evolving market. September was the best month so far this year for the Ford F-Series, yet sales of Ford’s pickup line were actually down 11.5%. Meanwhile, BMW, Canada’s favourite luxury automaker, found more than half its buyers opting for utility vehicles. 

57.5% of all Canadian automobile sales in September were officially “light trucks”. Passenger car sales were down 3.7%. Import nameplates slid 2.4%, according to Desrosiers Automotive Reports. GM, Ford, and Chrysler controlled 45.8% of the market, up from 44.7% in September 2010.

Finally, Fiat. The Italian continues to sell extremely well in Canada even as September marked the first month in which U.S. volume didn’t rise from one month to the next. The Fiat 500 and 500C out-sold the whole Mini range – Cooper, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman – and the Scion range, as well.

Updated 10/09/2011 @ 12:20 PM AST

Rank
Automaker
September 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
24,963
-2.8
213,058
+4.5
#2
Dodge/Ram
13,760
+12.4
133,665
+10.5
#3
Toyota
12,164
-8.3
105,499
-15.2
#4
Hyundai
11,110
+6.8
104,091
+9.0
#5
Chevrolet
10,412
-8.4
117,361
+3.1
#6
Honda
9468
-22.4
77,453
-15.9
#7
Kia
6388
+34.6
51,670
+22.1
#8
Nissan
6371
-18.3
60,426
+2.4
#9
Mazda
5839
-15.1
53,772
-14.0
#10
GMC
5100
+1.2
54,512
+1.0
#11
Volkswagen
4630
+41.3
40,396
+20.9
#12
Jeep
3478
+4.4
33,585
+18.3
#13
BMW
2824
+8.5
22,124
+10.5
#14
Mercedes-Benz
2555
+3.9
22,598
+4.1
#15
Subaru
2209
-9.7
20,165
-1.4
#16
Mitsubishi
1733
+26.2
15,414
+8.8
#17
Audi
1658
+26.5
13,313
+17.7
#18
Acura
1641
+12.4
10,710
-13.6
#19
Chrysler
1599
+188.1
11,457
+7.0
#20
Lexus
1241
-4.9
9875
-11.3
#21
Buick
738
-17.5
9122
+11.2
#22
Infiniti
727
-3.1
5194
-16.8
#23
Lincoln
685
-12.1
6150
-4.2
#24
Cadillac
549
+2.0
5988
+8.1
#25
Fiat
508
—–
4364
—–
#26
Volvo
486
-9.5
5391
+1.7
#27
Mini
465
+3.1
3770
+13.1
#28
Suzuki
429
-49.6
4180
-41.4
#29
Scion
403
—–
3637
—–
#30
Land Rover
236
+1.3
2085
+10.1
#31
Porsche
167
+0.6
1938
+27.5
#32
smart
152
+6.3
1445
-10.5
#33
Jaguar
60
-14.3
591
-4.1
#34
Maserati
11
+37.5
112
-4.3
#35
Bentley
8
level
78
+50.0
#36
Saab
6
—–
138
—–

Source: Automakers, AIAMC, & Automotive News Data Center

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