New car and truck deliveries in Canada tallied an all-time high for the month this May, with FCA US’s Chrysler heading off as the best-selling automaker for the month, while the market also saw strong demand for premium autos.
According to industry figures, automotive sales last month soared 1.1 percent to a total of 197,937 cars and light trucks, with year-to-date deliveries after the first five months climbing 3 percent to a tally of 755,582 vehicles. “The Canadian new vehicle market remains to be on track for the best selling year ever as the industry reported the highest monthly sales in history last month,” commented DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The auto market research firm added that across the luxury segment there is continued momentum, with double-digit percentage jumps for the Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Land Rover, Infiniti, BMW and Lexus brands. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ local Canadian unit totaled 31,617 cars and trucks last month, with increases for the Jeep brand and passenger car deliveries outshining drops in the minivan segment.
The automaker’s crucial Windsor, Ontario, vans factory is currently shut down for the retooling and upgrade process, with supplies lower for some of its top-grossing models. Second placed Ford Canada saw deliveries fall 8.5 percent to 29,052 cars and trucks as passenger car sales slid 7.1 percent and the truck models dropped 9 percent. GM Canada had the biggest increase for the month among Detroit’s three, with sales soaring 3.8 percent to a tally of 27,462 units. Fourth placed Toyota Canada also saw a modest decrease in demand, down 1.9 percent to 20,291 vehicles, even as truck sales jumped 10.7 percent. Fifth placed Honda Canada registered a drop of 3 percent to 17,949 autos.