Author of the article:
Dave Waddell • Windsor Star
Jul 04, 2020 • • 1 minute read
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to batter Canadian auto sales in the second quarter with FCA Canada and Ford Canada both seeing declines of nearly 47 per cent compared to a year ago.
General Motors saw sales tumble by 35.5 per cent in the quarter.
Overall Canadian sales were off 45 per cent.
“In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, these have been challenging months and yet the company has gained retail market share this past quarter and the calendar year to date,” said David Buckingham, president and CEO, FCA Canada.
“Further, sales in May and June showed steady improvement.”
Ontario’s other two manufacturers, Toyota and Honda, also didn’t escape the sales carnage.
Honda saw sales drop 45.6 per cent to 26,513 vehicles sold in Canada while Toyota (33,413) slipped by 48.7 per cent.
Sales of the Windsor-built Pacifica minivan dropped 72 per cent with 391 units sold in the past three months. There were 3,900 Caravans sold representing a decline of 50 per cent.
Sales of the Canadian-built Charger were off 87 per cent (132) while the Challenger (343) fell 52 per cent.
Sales of the Pacifica and Voyageur were down a combined 56 per cent in the U.S.
When U.S. sales are factored in, FCA was down 39 per cent, Ford 33.9 per cent and General Motors 34 per cent.