At the mid-point of the year, 2016 looks well on its way to being another record year for new-vehicle sales in Canada.
June sales of 177,857 new cars and trucks were up 1.2% from last June, making it the sixth consecutive month of record sales and the 15th month in a row with year-over-year sales increases.
Year-to-date sales of 933,439 vehicles at the half-way point are up 2.9% from the same period last year, which finished with 1.85 million annual sales, setting an all-time record for the second year in a row.
FCA maintains sales leadership
FCA (that's what Chrysler is called now) was once again the top-selling automaker for the month, although its sales were up just 0.8% from last June, and it continues to head the charts year-to-date as well, with sales 1.1% ahead of last year.
Record June sales for the Jeep and Ram Brands and a 14% increase in minivan sales helped put FCA ahead of the pack.
Ford maintained second place for the month, despite a sales decline of 13.2% from last June, while General Motors ( 15.3%) ranked third. Year-to-date sales for the three follow the same order.
Toyota ( 9.1%) ranked fourth, followed by Honda (-0.3%) and Nissan ( 10.1%) surged past Hyundai (-21.6%) to take over sixth place. Mazda ( 7.3%), Kia (-10.3%), and Volkswagen ( 3.7%), completed the top ten for the month. The year-to-date order was the same for the top five, followed by Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, Kia and Mazda.
Trucks and luxury brands lead the way
Truck and SUV sales gains ( 11.5%) during the month were almost offset by losses on the passenger car side (-11.7%). Truck/SUV sales accounted for 61.5% of all vehicle sales in June and 60.1% year to date.
Sales of luxury brands also outpaced the rest of the market, most by a significant margin. Land Rover ( 28.2%), Acura ( 27.6%), Porsche ( 25.9%) and Lexus ( 25.8%) led the way followed by Infiniti ( 20.2%) and Mercedes-Benz ( 17.3%).
Among mainstream brands, Subaru made the biggest improvement with sales up 22.5% from last June.