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Ford claims top Canadian auto sales honours for August

Chrysler Canada sales were up 22% in August over 2013, a new record for the automaker.


TORONTO — Ford Motor Co. of Canada has posted improved August sales compared with a year ago, helped by stronger truck sales, to claim the honour of the industry’s top seller.

Ford edged out Chrysler with 27,988 cars and light trucks sold last month, up from 27,268 a year ago.

The increase came as Ford truck sales climbed 10.4% to 22,539, up from 20,412 in the same month last year. Ford car sales were down 20.5% at 5,449 compared with 6,856 a year ago.

Meanwhile, Chrysler said it sold 26,825 vehicles last month, up from 21,932 in the same month last year.

Chrysler said the total was a record for the month and helped push year-to-date sales through August to a new high.

The increase for the month was driven by truck sales, which jumped to 24,302 from 18,233 a year ago as sales of its Jeep brand more than doubled. Chrysler car sales slipped to 2,523 from 3,699 as Dodge car sales fell to less than half of those a year ago.

So far this year, Chrysler has sold 201,424 vehicles, up from 187,375 in the first eight months of last year.

General Motors of Canada sold 22,111 vehicles in August, up 4.8% from 21,091 a year ago.

GM truck sales were up 7.3% at 16,089 from 15,001, while car sales totalled 6,022 compared with 6,090 a year ago.

The automaker said it will complete the launch of a complete portfolio of new trucks this fall.

Truck sales also helped Toyota Canada sales for the month, which climbed to 16,546, up 6.8% from 15,499 a year ago. Toyota truck sales were up 10.4% at 8,257 compared with 7,481 in August 2013, while Toyota car sales totalled 8,289, up from 8,018.

Sales of Toyota’s luxury nameplate, Lexus, totalled 1,534, down from 1,570 a year ago, while Scion sales amounted to 407, down from 578.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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