Sales of new cars and light-duty trucks in Canada hit a record high in 2015 with 1,898,485 units sold. This is an improvement of more than 47,000 vehicles (2.5%) over 2014, which was another record year, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
“A combination of low financing rates, impressive new models with significant value-added technology, and pent up consumer demand all aligned to bring about the best year for vehicle sales in Canadian history,” said Global Automakers of Canada president David Adams, as reported by Canadian Auto Dealer.
Believe it or not, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was the best-selling automaker in the country for the first time ever, with 293,061 total sales. Ford and GM completed the podium.
Interestingly, with gas prices going down, truck sales increased by 8.8% in 2015 while those for cars fell 6.3%, giving trucks a 62.3% market share.
Record sales in Ontario and Quebec, too
Strictly in the province of Quebec, total sales of new light-duty vehicles jumped 5.4% to 444,557 units in 2015, representing an all-time best.
Ontario did even better with a boost of 5.9% last year, reaching 760,521 new vehicles sold.
The numbers so far in 2016 suggest that new records will be set at the end of this year.