Canada auto sales set record November, Ford leads pack

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TORONTO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co’s Canadianarm maintained its spot as the country’s best selling brand,data released on Tuesday showed, as growing demand for truckshelped power a sixth consecutive monthly record for Canadianvehicle sales in November.

Canadian auto sales climbed 6.5 percent to 133,860 vehiclesin November from the same period last year, with year-to-datesales up 4 percent at 1.63 million units, wrote independent autoindustry firm DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Truck sales in Canada soared 8.8 percent higher to 76,949vehicles, with passenger car sales up a healthy 3.5 percent to56,911 units, lifted by a rebounding auto sector.

Ford led Canadian sales, with 19,668 vehicles, but its 1.1percent growth rate was eclipsed by Chrysler Canada,where sales climbed nearly 13 percent year-over-year inNovember, outpacing all of its Detroit-based competitors.

Sales of Ford’s passenger cars rose 6.1 percent to 4,717,while truck sales declined 0.3 percent to 14,951.

Ford also leads Canada in year-to-date sales, with 267,427cars and trucks, up 3.2 percent from the same period last year.

Chrysler Canada “was on a tear in November,” DesRosiersAutomotive wrote, reporting a 12.9 percent jump in Novembersales, lifted in part by strong sales of both its 2013 and 2014Jeep Cherokee.

It sold 19,206 cars and trucks, compared with 17,013 lastNovember, and extended its year-over-year sales growth to 48months.

Car sales rose 9 percent to 3,053 last month, while trucksales climbed 13.7 percent to 16,153.

Overall vehicle sales for Chrysler Canada are up 6.8 percentso far this year with 244,570 units sold, and are already aheadof full year 2012 figures, Chrysler said.

General Motors Canada reported a small sales gain of0.6 percent, and said it sold 17,482 vehicles in November. TheOshawa-heaquartered company said that data reflects one less dayof sales than in the same period last year.

“Demand continues to build for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC andCadillac cars and trucks, including the all-new GMC Sierra,”said John Roth, vice president of sales at General Motors ofCanada.

Car sales climbed 3.1 percent to 5,114 units, while 12,368,or 0.3 percent fewer, trucks were sold.

Overall sales are up 2.7 percent this year, with consumerspurchasing 217,908 GM cars and trucks.

A number of Japanese brands posted particularly strongNovember numbers, DesRosiers Automotive wrote, with Subaruvehicle sales up 22 percent, Nissan sales 19.9 percent higher,and Mitsubishi numbers up 16.1 percent.

Korean brands continued a difficult year, the report noted,with monthly sales at Kia down 3.7 percent and Hyundai down 1percent.

In the United States, major auto makers posted their bestsales in six and a half years, as aggressive discounting and thecontinued popularity of big pickup trucks helped propel Novembervehicle sales well past expectations.

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