Ford ousts Chrysler as topselling automaker in Canada in June

TORONTO — Ford Canada said Wednesday it was the top selling automaker in Canada last month as it outsold Chrysler Canada by a wide margin in June, despite seeing a nearly 9% drop in sales compared with a year ago.The automaker said Wednesday it sold 30,543 vehicles last month, down from 33,450 a year ago.“Coming off a 23-year sales record last June, Ford of Canada still had a very positive month closing at number one,” Ford Canada president and CEO Dianne Craig said in statement.[np-related]Ford has sold 142,181 vehicles in Canada so far this year, up 1.3% from this time last year, with its F-series pick-up trucks making up almost a third of the month’s sales.Sales at Chrysler Canada crept up 0.5% in June compared with a year ago, helped by strong sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan.The automaker sold 23,705 vehicles last month, up from 23,576 in June of last year.The company has sold 130,286 vehicles so far this year, up 7.1% for the same period last year, when it had sold 121,615.The Dodge Grand Caravan made up about a quarter of the overall sales, a new record for the minivan built in Windsor, Ont., Chrysler said.The Dodge Ram pick-up truck also made up roughly a quarter of the overall sales.Chrysler Canada said the June sales results marked the company’s 31st consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and represents the longest sales streak in the company’s history.Toyota Canada sold 16,957 vehicles in June, 70.1% more than last June when it was affected by the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami that forced production cuts at the Japanese automakers.The company said it sold 6,978 trucks, marking its best June on record for truck sales.Meanwhile, Kia Canada said it sold 7,782 vehicles last month, 10% more than June of last year, in what the company called its best June ever for sales. Kia Canada has sold 39,298 vehicles this year so far.