Ford is claiming the title of best-selling automaker in Canada for the fourth year in a row, and the company also reported that 2013 was its best year in the last 16, with overall car and truck sales increasing by almost three per cent.
According to Ford Canada, it sold a total of 283,588 vehicles last year, compared with 276,068 in 2012, aided by strong demand for its popular F-Series pickup trucks.
But despite the year-over-year gains, the carmaker reported declining sales for the month of December; total vehicle sales last month dropped 4.2 per cent to 16,161, versus 16,874 in December 2012. Ford’s December car sales dropped by nearly 20 per cent to 2,923 from 3,628 in December 2012. Yearly sales were almost unchanged, coming in at 68,341. Truck sales, meanwhile, also dipped slightly last month to 13,238 from 13,246. For the year, truck sales climbed 3.5 per cent to 215,247 from 207,961 in 2012.
“The great news for consumers is that 2014 will be another very competitive year in the industry and we look forward to introducing our fantastic new products,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
Sales of trucks and vehicles at Chrysler Canada and General Motors also rose last year.
According to Chrysler Canada, it sold 260,015 vehicles last year, a seven per cent increase over 2012, with strong performances from several of its brands, including its Ram pickup trucks.
Chrysler’s December sales of cars, minivans, pickup trucks and other light vehicles totalled 15,445 units, a five per cent increase from 14,756 in December 2012. It sold 5,400 Ram pickup trucks in December, up nine per cent from 4,987 in December 2012, while for the full-year Ram sales climbed 16 per cent to 78,793 from 67,634 in 2012. “2013 was a great sales year for Chrysler Canada,” said David Buckingham, chief operating officer for Chrysler Canada.
GM saw its combined car and truck retail and fleet sales jump 3.6 per cent in 2013 to 234,944 vehicles from 225,825 in 2012, an increase the company attributed to a 5.4 per cent hike in truck sales, offset by a 0.4 per cent drop in car sales. GM reported that overall sales last month were also strong, as it delivered 16.5 per cent more vehicles in December: a total of 17,036 compared with 14,623 in December 2012.
Meanwhile, Japanese automaker Honda Canada says combined sales from its Honda and Acura division rose 10 per cent last year as the company recorded its best annual sales in five years. According to Honda Canada, it sold 164,236 cars from both divisions in 2013, with Honda selling 145,231 units and Acura 19,005 units. For December, Honda saw an overall increase of 0.8 per cent in vehicle sales, with a 1.2 per cent gain in Honda sales to 11,542 units pulled down by a 1.6 per cent drop in Acura sales to 1,774 units.