Canadian auto sales set new annual record

Global News

TORONTO – Canadian auto sales soared to a record in 2014 as truck-loving drivers pushed sales up 6.1 per cent to smash the previous high-water market set in 2013.

According to sales data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, automakers sold a total of 1,851,373 new vehicles in Canada last year, up from just more than 1.7 million the previous year.

December sales were up 16.1 per cent to 131,393 compared with December 2013.

“This is the second year in a row that Canadians bought a record number of light vehicles,” DesRosiers said in a report Monday.

The increase came as truck sales for the full year grew 11 per cent to total 1,087,581 from a year earlier. However, car sales slipped every so slightly to 763,792, compared with 764,382 in 2013.

DesRosiers noted that 14 automakers posted new sales records in 2014.

Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. posted its…

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