Canadian auto sales are on pace for another record-breaking year, with pickup trucks from Chrysler and General Motors leading the way.
Chrysler Canada saw sales up 23 per cent for the month of October. The increase has been driven by the demand for Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks, which sold 22,303 vehicles last month – up from 18,131 at the same time last year.
With only two months remaining in the fiscal year, Chrysler says that it’s having the best sales in its 89-year history. The automaker has sold 247,469 units so far this year, which is a 10-per-cent increase from 2013, despite decreasing numbers in car sales, which are down 27.4 per cent overall.
GM is another company that has seen exponential growth in its truck sales. The company had an overall gain of seven per cent for October and truck sales alone are up 6.5 per cent from last year to 15,260 units. The all-new Escalade has been another driving force for the Cadillac brand, which is up 10 per cent in the first 10 months.
Honda and its subsidiary Acura also saw gains in October – up one percent from last year, selling a combined 15,404 units. Honda is the maker of the number one selling passenger vehicle in Canada, the Honda Civic. Meanwhile, Acura Canada achieved its best October sales by moving 2,179 units.
October is a traditionally slow month on the automotive landscape, but that hasn’t been the case in 2014, highlighted by the increasing sales numbers for many automakers. The falling fuel prices also make driving more economical – especially when it comes to gasoline-powered pickups.