New-vehicle sales in Canada continued to set a record pace in July. Sales of 158,993 new light vehicles in the month were up 7.3% from those of the same month in 2012.
That figure makes it the best July ever, surpassing the previous record of 154,830 sales set in July 2005.
If this pace continues unabated, 2013 could become the best year ever for new-vehicle sales, surpassing 2002. Last year's sales were the second-best ever.
Chrysler surpassed Ford as the top-selling manufacturer for July, with a sales increase of 8.4%. Ford (-10.0%) continues to hold onto first place for the year to date, however.
General Motors (-0.2%), Toyota (+10.7%), Hyundai (+5.9%), Honda (+40.1%), Kia (-0.9%), Nissan (+60.4%), Mazda (+4.0%), Volkswagen (+6.2%) and Subaru (+37.6%) filled out the top ten for the month in that order.
The same order holds for the year to date except for a reversal of positions between Kia and Nissan.
Luxury brands Jaguar (+125.5%), Porsche (+30.0%), Mercedes-Benz (+20.9%) and Land Rover (+17.9%) also had a strong sales month.
Through the first half of the year, the Hyundai Elantra held a slim lead over the Honda Civic in the race for best-selling car, while the Ford F-Series maintained a comfortable lead over the Ram Pickup as best-selling truck and best-selling vehicle overall.