Light vehicle sales in Canada dropped 0.7% to 215,407 units, the third month in a row of YOY softer sales. Passenger car sales fell 9.4% to 68,070 units, while light truck sales increased 4.0% to 147,337 units. The market share for light trucks rose to 70.4% in May, while the passenger car share fell below 30% in May.

All JAMA Canada member companies had positive results, rose 3.0 % to 75,965 units as a group. Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada deliveries jumped 20.1% in May, followed by Mazda Canada (+6.9%), Honda Canada (+3.4%), Subaru Canada (+2.1%), Nissan Canada (+1.7%) and Toyota Canada (+0.9%).

Jan – May YTD

Canadian light vehicle sales at the end of May remained relatively flat, up 0.1% to 836,522 units. Passenger car sales fell 9.5% to 247,339 units, while light truck sales were up 4.8% to 589,183 units.

Japanese automakers YTD sales rose 3.1% to 299,096 units through the end of May. Sales of passenger cars were down 7.3% to 114,139 units, while light truck sales increased 10.7% to 184,957 units.

Light vehicle sales YTD results:
–    Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (+17.7%) to 10,836 units
–    Subaru Canada (+5.5%) to 22,528 units
–    Mazda Canada (+5.4%) to 31,103 units
–    Nissan Canada (+2.2%) to 60,219 units
–    Toyota Canada (+2.1%) to 92,771 units
–    Honda Canada (+1.7%) to 81,639 units.

Japanese brand market share improved 1.1 points to 35.8% in the YTD.