Ford tops Chrysler in August auto sales

Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. says sales rose just 2.6 per cent in August, but that was enough for the automaker to retain its top position for a fifth straight month.

Posts small rise in sales while Chrysler and Toyota post record months

Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. is still the leader of the automaker pack, selling more vehicles than Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota in the month of August. 

Ford said sales pulled forward 2.6 per cent to 27,988 on strong truck demand, enough to retain its top position for a fifth straight month.

Chrysler Canada reported its best August on record Wednesday, selling 26,825 vehicles last month, up 22 per cent from August 2013.

That marks the 57th straight month of year-over-year sales growth, according to Chrysler, the longest run of rising sales in the company's history.

The jump was driven by a 140 per cent increase in demand for the automaker's iconic Jeep brand. Its Chrysler 200 and Ram truck brands also set records for the month.

Sales of the Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, both in production in Windsor, Ont., were up about four per cent and 29 per cent respectively.

Chrysler said January-to-August sales indicate it's on pace to break a record for the year. It has so far sold 201,424 vehicles compared to 187,375 in the first eight months of last year.

Toyota Canada also surpassed its August record, selling 18,487 vehicles, up 4.8 per cent from last year. 

Meanwhile, Honda Canada posted robust growth in sales — an overall increase of 44 per cent — with more consumers buying up its Honda and Acura models. 

U.S. numbers also strong

In the U.S., the industry sold at an annualized pace not seen since early 2006.

The unexpectedly strong U.S. sales could be because automakers typically discount the current year's models in the late summer and September to make room on the lot for a new model year. 

With files from Reuters