Ford tops Canadian auto sales in August

Wed Sep 4, 2013 5:44pm EDT
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By Solarina Ho

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian auto sales recorded their best August ever, industry data released on Wednesday showed, with Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote) outselling Chrysler Group FIA.MI and General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote), and Japan's largest automakers making double-digit gains.

Automakers sold 149,301 vehicles in Canada last month, a 6.5 percent rise compared with a year ago, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Ford Canada sold the most cars in August, with sales rising 7.1 percent year over year. The Detroit automaker sold 27,268 cars and trucks in August, higher than the 25,461 it sold last August. Sales were up 1.8 percent so far this year.

The automaker sold 40.4 percent more cars last month at 6,856 vehicles. Its Ford Fiesta and Fusion models saw sales soar 84 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Truck sales fell 0.8 percent, to 20,412.

Chrysler Canada was a distant second, but still reported its best August in 13 years and its best sales year-to-date in 25 years, bolstered in part by robust passenger car sales.

The company sold 21,932 vehicles, up 6.6 percent from the 20,569 it sold in August of last year and up 7.1 percent year-to-date.

Car sales rose 15.5 percent to 3,699, while truck sales were up 5 percent at 18,233 units sold.

GM Canada saw sales nudge marginally higher in August, with 21,091 cars and trucks sold, an incremental gain of 0.1 percent. So far this year, overall sales have climbed 2.7 percent.   Continued...

Chrysler Canada's Brampton Assembly plant is seen April 30, 2008. REUTERS/Peter Jones