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Big Three automakers report vehicle sales increases for August

Ford, Chrysler see increases of 7% while GM inches up 0.1%.


TORONTO – Canada’s Big Three automakers have all reported increases in light vehicle retail sales for August.

Ford Canada said it sold 27,268 cars and trucks last month, while Chrysler put its light-vehicle sales at 21,932 for the month – both up 7%.

Meanwhile, General Motors said Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 21,091 vehicles in August, an increase of 0.1% compared to last August.

Retail sales were up 5% overall, as the Chevrolet Cruze posted a 16% increase in sales for the month, Buick sales increased 18% thanks to the Verano and the Buick Encore, and Cadillac sales increased by 54% in August.

Chrysler said its sales figures mark the 45th consecutive month of growth year-over-year, as passenger car sales saw an increase of 20%, with sales of 36,761 in the calendar year-to-date.

The Ford Fiesta saw sales climb 84% year-over year, and Fusion had sales jump 57% in August, led the increase for Ford.

The company also reported healthy increases for a number of other models, including the Ford Focus, Mustang and Taurus, up 16, 13 and 40% respectively.

Honda logged combined sales of 16,208 vehicles by their Honda and Acura divisions in Canada, a 19% increase over last year’s sales.

Subaru Canada also posted increases, marking six consecutive months of growth as it sold 3,339 units in August, a 24.6% increase over the same period last year.

Kia Canada Inc., meanwhile, said it sold 7,502 cars and trucks in August, a decline of 2.3% compared with the same month last year.

©The Canadian Press