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Canada could sell record 2M cars in 2017 after strong August

General Motors was the leading car brand for the first time since before its 2009 bankruptcy.


RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canada has a shot at selling a record two million cars this year after sales surged 6.9% in August.

More than 1.4 million vehicles were sold in the first eight months of the year, up 5.3% from last year.

The consulting firm says Canadian vehicle sales for August totalled 183,900, including 59,096 cars and 124,849 light trucks.

August is the fourth record-setting month in a row, and seventh for the year, with only April falling short of setting a new high.

General Motors was the leading car brand in Canada last month for the first time since before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The US-based company sold 28,981 vehicles last month, a 28.5 per cent increase from a year ago.

Fiat Chrysler sold 19,648 vehicles in August, down 9.2%, while Toyota was up 7.7% to 17,950. Volkswagen sales were up 71.9% to 9,032.

Ford currently holds top spot for the year despite a 5.9% drop in sales in August to 27,286 and 215,224 for the year.

DesRosiers says GM has a “long shot” at beating Ford for the year as sales were up 18% to 205,329 in the first eight months of the year.

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