June Auto Sales Lower

Wheels weren't rolling off the lot as fast, or as often, in this country last month, according to figures released Friday morning.

Automotive sales in Canada fell 7.2% in June from a year earlier due largely to a drop-in passenger car sales.

June was the 16th consecutive month of automotive sales declines in Canada. The country’s auto sales fell 185,741 units in June from 200,156 units sold a year earlier, according to a report by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, a market research firm that tracks the sector.

The majority of automakers reported a fall in passenger car sales as consumers shift to larger sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Sales of passenger cars in Canada fell 21.3% in June, according to DesRosiers.

Sales for Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Canada were down 4.5% overall with the three brands jointly performing better than the rest of the manufacturers in Canada.

General Motors, which reports sales on a quarterly basis, said total sales in Canada for the second quarter fell 13.7% to 77,643 units. Toyota Canada sold 22,769 vehicles in June, down 2.2% from a year-ago. Among major auto firms, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV reported a 4% fall in total June auto sales in Canada.

The company, which is one of the top carmakers in the country, sold 21,566 vehicles in June, with its Chrysler brand reporting a 30% fall in Canadian sales.