According to figures released by industry analyst DesRosiers Automotive on Wednesday, car sales in general are up by 2.2 per cent from June 2013, with 175, 428 units sold overall. Sales for passenger cars increased from 75, 021 in June last year to 77, 552 in June this year, which is a growth of 3.4 per cent. Light truck sales saw an increase as well, netting 1.3 per cent more this June than in the same month last year.
Sales for imported vehicles rose about 5 per cent this June, while the sales for North American cars dropped 1.1 per cent. Collectively, Ford, Chrysler and GM sold 78, 616 vehicles, but that wasn’t enough to balance out the slow sales GM is currently experiencing.
GM Canada saw a decrease of 15 per cent to just 21, 007 units sold this June. The company has been struggling in recent years due to a bounce back from the bailout in 2009. This is especially troublesome because GM’s market share is being taken over by the competitors who are experiencing record sales numbers this year. The issue has dealers in the Greater Toronto Area so frustrated that they have filed a $400-million-dollar lawsuit against GM Canada.
On the other hand, Ford saw a 7.5-per cent increase for June. The Hybrid models are doing particularly well, with an increase in sales of 52 per cent. Chrysler has also reported higher sales numbers – by 2.7 per cent. Dodge Dart and Jeep Wrangler continue to do very well, while makes such as Jeep, FIAT and Ram are on track for a reportedly record-setting year.