GM, VW, Japanese brands post strong August sales; FCA, Ford down


General Motors Canada, Volkswagen and a trio Japanese automakers posted sales gains in August while Ford and FCA faltered during the month.
With all but a handful of luxury automakers reporting their monthly sales Tuesday, the total number of vehicles sold last month totaled 173,620, up 6.8 percent from the 162,582 sold during the same month last year.
Automakers are reporting August sales for Canada on Tuesday after releasing U.S. sales on Sept. 1. In contrast to the Canadian market, which was up five percent through July, U.S. sales have dropped for eight consecutive months.
General Motors Canada boosted sales by 29 percent last month for its strongest August since 2008.
The automaker pointed to robust retail demand in recording 28,981 deliveries. August lifted GM’s sales increase for the year to 18 percent.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, posted its best sales month ever with 9,032 vehicles sold, shattering the previous mark of 7,845 vehicles set in April 2016.
Nissan record
Nissan reported record August sales of 13,163 vehicles, up 14.4 percent compared with the same month a year ago.
The Nissan brand alone sold 11,970 units, an increase of 13.8 percent. Sales of the automaker’s Infiniti luxury brand surged 21 percent.
Nissan’s Qashqai, the company’s newest addition to the small compact crossover segment, had sales of 1,557 units. Nissan also saw a significant increase in Titan truck sales, with 784 sold compared with just 182 sold during August 2016. Rogue sales were flat — down less than a percent — at 3,702 units.
Toyota up
Toyota also saw a sales advance, up 7.5 percent,  with 20,036 total vehicles sold.
The automaker bucked the North American trend of declining sedan sales by boosting sales of the Corolla by 23 percent.
Overall car sales were up nine percent.
Truck sales rose 6.9 percent on the strength of the Tacoma, up 12 percent,  and the Highlander, up 10 percent.
Sales of Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand increased 9.8 percent.
Honda rises
Honda Canada had its best August sales in 10 years, selling 18,351 vehicles and up three percent over the same month in 2016.
The Honda division alone reported August sales of 16,719 units, up six percent over last year.
“Our success story in recent months has been attributed to the strength of our light truck line-up, but August was a departure from that trend, as core models for Honda, including Civic, Accord and Odyssey, pushed the brand to achieve its best August since 2007,” Jean Marc Leclerc, Honda Canada’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement.
Honda Civic, Canada’s best-selling passenger car in Canada the past 19 years, rose 24 percent versus the same period last year. And the Odyssey minivan stole from FCA’s Dodge Caravan and saw an 18 percent increase in sales over last year.
Ford down
Ford Canada was one of two global automakers — FCA the other — to post a sales decline in August. Ford’s sales were down 5.7 percent to 27,286 vehicles from the 28,982 it sold a year ago.
It’s biggest losses came in the car segment in which Ford sold 3,157 cars, down 14 percent. But even its reliable trucks segment suffered a sales decline of 4.6 percent, down to 24,142 units versus 25,315 in 2016.
FCA off 9%
FCA Canada sales were down nine percent in August, during which the automaker sold 19,648 vehicles.
Ram trucks posted an August sales record, with 8,043 trucks sold, an increase of 26 percent versus 6,407 in sales in August 2016. And the redesigned Jeep Compass had sales of 1,096 units, marking an increase of nearly 500 percent compared with 184 sales of the outgoing model in August 2016.
But the gains posted by Compass and Ram trucks couldn’t offset losses by some high-volume losers, including the Jeep Wrangler (down 16 percent) and Cherokee (down 24 percent), and Dodge Journey (down 18 percent) and Caravan (down 10 percent).
BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Maserati and Mitsubishi had not yet reported sales by 3:30 p.m. ET.
This story will be updated.
Fuente: Automotive News

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