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Toyota sales in Canada defy automakers' gloom

January 14, 2009

A lot of Toyota dealers are smiling, despite the turmoil in the auto industry.

While dealers for some manufacturers are struggling because of a big sales slump and too many stores in Canada , Toyota retailers sold more autos than ever last year.

Toyota's 239 dealers across the country sold an average of 875 cars and trucks in 2008, far more than any other company, statistics from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants showed yesterday.

That represented an 11 per cent increase for Toyota dealers from 2007 and a 68 per cent jump in average annual sales since 2000.

The increase also marks the first time that an automaker has sold more than 800 vehicles per store in Canadian history.

The number of Toyota dealers has remained between 230 and 240 in recent years despite a strong growth in overall sales.

Honda, BMW and Mazda ranked second, third and fourth in average sales per dealer last year, but all of them lost business to fall further behind leader Toyota.



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