March sales were relatively flat, down 0.6% to 186,447 units after strong record sales in January and February. Passenger car sales fell 12.4% to 53,932 units, while light truck sales rose 5.2% to 132,515 units.

As a group, JAMA Canada members’ sales were up 0.6 % to 68,284 units. Passenger car sales dropped 15.3% to 25,626 units, while light truck sales jumped 13.3% to 42,658 units. The growth leader of the month was Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (+39.0 %), followed by Toyota Canada (+8.4 %), Subaru Canada (+3.8 %), Mazda Canada (+1.5 %), Nissan Canada (-3.9 %), and Honda Canada (-8.5 %).

YTD: Jan – Mar

First quarter results of 2018 were up despite softer sales in March, as overall sales of light vehicles were 1.8 % up to 429,258 units. Passenger car sales continued to decline 8.2 % to 121,186 units, while light truck sales increased 6.4 % to 308,072 units.

All Japanese automakers improved YOY, up 4.0 % to 155,971 units as a group, which increased market share to 36.3% for the 1Q. Passenger car sales fell 8.6% to 56,806 units, while light truck sales grew 12.9 % to 99,165 units. Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (+25.2%) was the leader of the 1Q, followed by Subaru Canada (+8.5%), Toyota Canada (+3.9%), Mazda Canada (+3.8%), Honda Canada (+3.6%), and Nissan Canada (+0.6%).