Figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants showed that Canadian consumers bought 197,937 new passenger cars and light trucks in May. That was up 1.1 per cent from last May’s strong sales showing.
Fiat Chrysler said its Canadian sales of 31,617 units in May were the highest for a single month in the company’s history. The company recently completed a retooling at one of its plants in Windsor, Ont., which had cramped its supply of minivans.
“Posting an all-time record sales month while dealing with temporary constraints on some of our highest selling products proves just how diversified and strong our product portfolio has become,” chief operating officer Dave Buckingham said in a statement.
Ford Canada sales slipped 8.5 per cent in May to 29,043 units. Earlier today, Ford said it would run one of its Oakville, Ont., assembly plants for an extra week this summer to deal with demand for its Edge sport utility vehicle.
Luxury vehicle brands like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Land Rover, Infiniti, BMW and Lexus all enjoyed a strong month, with all reporting that Canadian sales in May surged higher by double-digit percentages from last year.