says tops Canada 2013 auto sales, others growing faster
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[January 04, 2014]
TORONTO (Reuters) — Ford Motor Co's <F.N>
Canadian arm sold fewer vehicles in December than a year earlier but
held its position as the country's best-selling automaker in 2013 as
truck sales helped it notch overall growth of 2.7 percent, the
company said on Friday.
Chrysler said it took second place, with a 4.7 percent jump in
December sales and 6.6 percent growth for the year, helped by record
sales of its Ram trucks.
General Motors Co <GM.N> meanwhile posted the biggest gain in
December sales, up 17 percent, while taking third place for the year
with 4 percent growth. Its Cadillac brand notched 44.6 percent
annual sales gains for its best-ever Canadian sales.
Ford said it was their best year for Canadian sales since 1997, with
the F-Series pickup truck leading all vehicle sales for the fourth
straight year. The company's Fusion and Escape models also recorded
their best-ever sales.
Honda Motor Co Ltd <7267.T> said its Civic was Canada's top-selling
car for the 16th straight year. Honda's monthly sales nudged
slightly higher overall to 13,316, but grew 10.4 percent for the
year to 164,236.
Ford's total vehicle sales in December slipped 4.2 percent to
16,161, as it sold fewer cars than a year ago. For the year, it sold
283,588 vehicles, an increase of 2.7 percent.
Chrysler sold 15,445 vehicles in December and 260,015 in all of
2013, while GM sold 17,036 vehicles in December and 234,944 in the
year. Chrysler is owned by Italy's Fiat SpA <FIA.MI>.
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Ford said in September that it would invest C$700 million ($659
million) in its Oakville assembly plant as North American demand
surged to pre-recession levels.
($1 = 1.0623 Canadian)
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by
Jeffrey Hodgson and Matthew Lewis)
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