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Chrysler, Ford sales jump in Canada
Jun 1, 2010 | Views: 433
“Sales of our current vehicles are booming and orders for our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee are quite strong -- the additional manufacturing shift can’t come soon enough.”said Reid Bigland, Chrysler Canada chief executive
Chrysler Canada said it had record May sales for four of its vehicles, including the Dodge Journey, Ram pickup, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Challenger. Year-to-date, the Detroit automakers sales in Canada are up nearly 28% with sales improving as consumer confidence does, aided by large incentives in the market by all competitors.
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., saw its own sales improve 19% in May, with year-to-date sales up 25%, compared with last year.
By contrast, Toyota Canada Inc., which has been struggling to offset the negative impact of a series of recalls in its vehicles earlier this year, saw sales of its Toyota and Lexus brands in Canada fall 16.1% during the month of May compared with a year ago.
That included a 16.6% dip in Toyota models and a 10.6% dip in Lexus.
Honda Canada Inc., which has refused to participate as fully in the incentive game as its competitors and has also seen a number of recalls recently, saw sales fall by 26% for its Honda and Acura brands.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. and Kia Canada Tuesday they had a record May with unit sales increasing 12.6% and 13.9% respectively for the same period last year. For Kia, May marked its largest single month of sales in its 11 years of selling cars in Canada.
Year-to-date, Hyundai’s sales have increased 20%, while Kia’s are up 22.1%.
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