Auto Sales Tepid In April

(RICHMOND HILL, ON) – Despite a 1.6% decline year-over-year in April 2017, the overall Canadian market was still up 2.5% year-to-date. Total units sold slipped to 197,203 compared to the 200,381 units sold in April 2016.

The only province which reported a significant sales increase was Alberta where sales increased 15.4%.

Six of the top ten selling passenger cars recorded a year-over-year increase in April 2017 sales. The usual contenders in the form of the Honda Civic (+3.8%), the Toyota Corolla (+3.5%), and the Hyundai Elantra (+4.3%) made marginal progress while the Chevrolet Cruze gathered steam with an 81.7% sales increase over the previous April.

Most of the top ten selling light trucks also saw sales increases in April 2017. Sales of the Ford F-Series’ increased 2.6% year-over-year while the Ram Pickup and GMC Sierra gained traction with sales increasing 11.2% and 19.1% respectively.

The passenger car market’s sales declined 8.7% overall when compared to April of the previous year while the light truck market has fared significantly better with a 2.5% sales increase overall.

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Dennis DesRosiers
Since the founding of his independent consulting practice in 1985, Dennis DesRosiers has become Canada’s leading automotive industry analyst and one of the foremost theorists in the North American automotive industry. Email Dennis DesRosiers
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