Canada’s auto sales climb 5.7% in April

More than 189,000 vehicles purchased, despite economic concerns in Western Canada.

TORONTO — Sales of new cars and trucks climbed 5.7% last month from a year ago, making it the best April on record for Canadian automakers, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants

Canadians snatched up 189,072 vehicles last month, despite economic concerns in Western Canada stemming from low oil prices.

“The economic challenges facing Alberta and Saskatchewan have not seemed to impact national sales,” the automotive consulting firm said in a report.

Year to date, auto sales are up 3.7% to 557,645 vehicles.

General Motors led the pack, with its sales growing 14.5% compared with April 2014 to 29,127 vehicles.

“Customer demand for our Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars and trucks continues to grow in the Canadian marketplace,” John Roth, the company’s vice-president of sales, service and marketing said in a statement.

“Our three truck strategy, offering the full range of pickups, from the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to the full-size and heavy-duty, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, to meet customers’ varied needs, has driven GM Canada to be the pickup sales leader for the month of April.”

Fiat Chrysler claimed second spot, with April sales inching one per cent higher to 27,473.
Ford Canada came in third place as sales dipped 0.1% to 27,307 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Honda saw sales tick 5.6% higher to 14,447, while Hyundai’s sales grew 1.5% to 14,525 vehicles.

Toyota’s sales fell by 2.8% from a year ago to 18,495.

Luxury vehicles recorded double-digit sales growth, with Porsche selling 47.8% more vehicles while BMW’s sales grew by 36.8%.

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