TORONTO (CP) - Toyota continued to romp ahead while General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Ford suffered double-digit Canadian percentage sales drops in October compared with a year ago.
Industry leader GM said Tuesday it sold 29,641 vehicles in the month, an 11.1 per cent decline from October of last year, as it struggled to shift buyer attention away from sales incentives. GM sales of passenger cars declined 5.2 per cent to 16,209 units while deliveries of trucks, including pickups, sport utility vehicles and minivans, skidded 17.4 per cent to 13,432 units.
DaimlerChrysler Canada moved 14,894 units during the month, down 11 per cent. Car sales fell 25.9 per cent to 2,918 while truck sales declined 6.4 per cent to 11,976.
Ford Canada moved 13,266 units, down 12.6 per cent, as car sales were down 4.3 per cent at 3,377 and truck sales tumbled 15.1 per cent to 9,889.
"The conclusion of employee pricing combined with overall market challenges this month contributed to weak industry performance," explained Bernie Clement, vice-president of sales at DaimlerChrysler Canada.
But Toyota Canada had its best-ever October, easily passing Ford and almost catching Chrysler with sales of 14,709 vehicles, up 6.5 per cent over October 2004.
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