At a time when auto sales are slipping around the world, sales of Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Canada are registering a huge jump this year.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has surpassed its 2007 record sales for the month of October, selling 15,843 Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks - a jump of 9.4 per cent over last year's figures.
The Japanese car giant has also already surpassed the record 2007 sales of 201,326 by selling 201,614 cars, with two months still to go this year.
"We would like to thank Canadian drivers who have enabled us to reach an exciting moment in Canadian history for Toyota Canada Inc.," company managing director Tony Wearing said on Monday.
"Exceeding previous year's sales indicates to us that Canadians are responding to more powerful, fuel-efficient and well-equipped Toyota and Lexus choices," he said.
Mercedes-Benz Canada also reported its best-ever sales of 1,990 cars for the month of October.
In a statement, the company said monthly sales are up 482 units or 32 percent compared to October 2007.
With two months still to go for the year, the company said it has created a record by already selling 20,563 units, surpassing the previous year's record sales of 20,000 units.
"The strong momentum that has been steadily building this year continues through the month of October," Mercedes-Benz president and CEO Marcus Breitschwerdt said on Monday.
"These outstanding results are a testament to our diverse and desirable vehicle range that continues to meet the individual needs of our valued customers," he said.
"We've achieved another milestone this year, and my sincere thanks go to our dedicated employees, strong dealer network, and especially to our valued customers who have made these stellar results possible.
"With only two months left in 2008, we will continue to do our best to sustain this momentum and make this by far our best year ever," said the Mercedes-Benz boss.