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News   January 4, 2017   by CARS Magazine

DesRosiers releases Canadian sales report for December

The 2016 light vehicle market made history, exceeding 1.9 million new vehicle sales for the first time.

The market netted a new annual record of 1.948 million in sales last year, up 2.7 percent in sales compared to 2015. The record market in 2016 was based on three distinct underpinnings – SUVs, pickups and luxury vehicles.

With a strong year in pickup truck sales, Ford returned to the top of the industry in annual sales. Ford (up 9.3 percent year-to-date) delivered over 300,000 new vehicles for the first time, beating FCA who saw sales slip 5.3 percent year-over-year to 277,445 units in 2016.

General Motors was the third largest automotive group in Canada with a total of 267,341 units sold.  Many other OEMs also reported record-breaking sales last year including Audi (up 14.2 percent), BMW (up 8.6 percent), Honda (up 6.4 percent), Hyundai/Genesis (up 1.8 percent), Infiniti (up 6.8 percent), Jaguar (up 134.1 percent), Land Rover (up 18.4 percent), Lexus (up 2.2 percent), Mercedes (up 6.0 percent), Nissan (up 2.9 percent), Porsche (up 10.1 percent), Subaru (up 7.7 percent).

December sales have been on a downward trend in recent years and it was no different in 2016. Last month’s sales were down 2.6 percent year-over-year, coming in at 125,600 units.

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