Canadian Manufacturing

Ford, Chrysler post higher Canadian sales than a year ago for April

GM joined Ford in reporting double-digit increase in April sales, still ranked third among Detroit Three

TORONTO—Ford Motor Co. of Canada says its sales for April were up 16 per cent from a year ago, helped by sharply higher sales of its F-Series pickup trucks, as it claimed the top sales spot for the year-to-date.

Ford says it sold 27,907 vehicles last month, up from 24,171 a year ago.

The gain came as the company’s overall truck sales gained 21 per cent to total 20,809, up from 17,267 from a year ago, and sales of its F-Series truck shot up 38 per cent.

Ford car sales were up three per cent from a year ago.

“We’re pleased to see long-term growth across varied markets, from the Fusion to the F-150, which has resulted in sales leadership year-to-date through April,” Ford of Canada president and chief executive Dianne Craig said.

Meanwhile, Chrysler Canada reported sales of 25,745, up from 24,540 in April 2012, also helped by truck sales.

Chrysler said Ram truck sales gained 31 per cent to total 8,020, up from 6,129, while overall truck sales increased 3.2 per cent to 19,865 vehicles.

Passenger car sales gained 11 per cent to total 5,880, up from 5,283.

General Motors Canada joined Ford in reporting a double-digit increase in April sales, although it still came in third among the Detroit Three automakers.

GM Canada said the overall number of vehicles delivered by dealers rose 19 per cent to 25,071, its best April performance since 2009.

“We experienced strong sales in virtually all of our vehicle segments in April,” said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada’s vice-president of sales, service and marketing.

“We’re optimistic for the remainder of 2013 as we continue with our aggressive launch plans.”

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