Hopes for recovering light-passenger vehicle sales in Canada during the second half of 2019 dimmed when September numbers were reported, says DesRosiers Automotive Consulting.
In its most recent e-Newsetter, DesRosiers says despite healthy numbers in August, any sales surge that was developing disappeared in September when only 166,488 units were sold – a 3.7% drop.
Even though the total market moved downward, a number of brands recorded positive sales growth, the consulting firm reports.
In total, a dozen reporting brands noted sales increases in September 2019 but key losses among higher volume brands such as General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota resulted in an overall decline.
Some of the positive highlights for the month:
* Lexus noted a 21.0% sales increase for the month;
* Mitsubishi and Kia followed at a slight distance, noting sales up 15.5% and 15.3% respectively;
* Volvo and Acura rounded out the double digit percentage sales increases for the month with growth at 12.0% and 10.7% respectively; and
* Light truck sales increased 1.9% overall with an estimated 126,087 units sold.
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