New car, truck and luxury vehicle demand has been healthy in Canada, with auto sales last month reaching a record for June, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the main winner, according to sales data.
Marking the strongest June ever, deliveries reached 177,857 autos, soaring 1.2 percent from the same period last year, with sales after the first six months of the year reaching 933,439 units – an increase of 2.7 percent over the first half of 2014. “Ongoing gains being enjoyed by the luxury manufacturers in the Canadian market turned into a veritable feast in June,” commented DesRosiers Automotive Consultants in a note addressed to clients. According to the automotive research firm, certain luxury brands managed to jump more than 25 percent – Porsche soared 26 percent and Land Rover and Acura both nailed 28 percent gains. The best performing mass-market automakers were General Motors, with a growth of 15 percent to 24,226 vehicles, followed by a 10 percent rise seen by Japan’s Nissan to 11,623 units. The world’s largest automaker, Toyota, posted a serious 10.5 percent increase to 20,689 autos. GM and Toyota saw increased demand for their pickup truck lines, followed by stellar results from Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge and Chrysler minivans – which rose 14 percent.
Meanwhile, pickup and car sales registered a negative trend for the second largest US automaker, Ford – a 13 percent overall drop to 26,784 units. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remained the best-selling automaker in Canada even as sales increased just one percent – to 27,217 autos. Ram truck brand deliveries jumped 13 percent but Dodge sales dropped eight percent and the Chrysler brand jumped an eye-popping 164 percent.