TORONTO -- Ford Motor Co. said on Thursday its Canadian sales rose 9 per cent in August, even as rivals Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors reported declines due to softening consumer demand.
Ford said its sales rose to 28,987 vehicles in August, compared with 26,581 units during the same month last year, fueled by increased demand for trucks.
GM's sales fell 8.5 per cent to 22,547 vehicles and Fiat Chrysler said its sales plunged 20 per cent to 21,627 vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler's results were calculated using a new method, in line with reporting changes in the United States, amid an investigation by U.S. regulators into claims the company inflated sales data.
In a statement on Thursday, Fiat Chrysler announced the revision of more than five years of monthly vehicle sales data. The automaker's Canadian subsidiary had reported 79 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth in Canada, starting in 2009, but under the company's new reporting method the streak ended in April 2012.
Under the new method, reported sales would have been higher in 2011, 2013 and 2016 to date, and lower in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In each year sales were within 0.6 percent of what was previously reported, and under the new method overall sales from 2011 to 2016 were 0.01 percent higher than previously reported, the company said.
In July, total industry auto sales in Canada dipped nearly 3 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier.
According to a June report by Scotiabank, Canadian auto sales were expected to rise to 1.96 million vehicles in 2016, up from a record-breaking 1.90 million units last year.