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Canada looks to hit record vehicle sales in 2017

September sales hit about 186,800 vehicles for a 7.7 percent increase over same month last year


October 10, 2017
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press

RICHMOND HILL, Ont.—DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says it’s looking increasingly likely that Canadians will buy more than two million vehicles this year after another record-setting month.

The consulting firm says September sales hit about 186,800 vehicles for a 7.7 percent increase from the same month last year.

Last month’s numbers brought total sales this year to 1.59 million, up 5.5 percent from last year, with every month but April hitting a new record.

Ford retook the top spot from General Motors with 30,881 sales in the month compared with GM’s 27,237 units sold, putting Ford about 14,000 units ahead of its chief rival for total sales so far this year.

Many brands with a smaller footprint in Canada saw double-digit sales gains in September, including a 50.5 percent increase for Volkswagen, 32.3 percent increase for Jaguar, and 24.1 percent increase for Maserati.

DesRosiers said September’s total sales included 129,731 light trucks, making every month this year a record for the heavier segment that includes SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans, while cars sales of 57,106 in the month remain below records set as far back as the late 1980s.