Ford is claiming the title of best-selling automaker in Canada for the fourth year in a row.
The auto giant reported Friday that 2013 was its best year in the last 16 as it saw overall car and truck sales increase by almost three per cent.
Ford Canada said it sold a total of 283,588 vehicles last year, compared with 276,068 in 2012, aided by strong demand for its popular F-Series pickup trucks.
Despite the year-over-year gains, the carmaker reported declining sales in December. Total vehicle sales last month dropped 4.2 per cent to 16,161, versus 16,874 in December 2012.
Ford’s December car sales saw a steep decline of nearly 20 per cent, dropping to 2,923 from 3,628 in December 2012. Yearly sales were almost unchanged, coming in at 68,341.
It says truck sales also fell slightly last month to 13,238 from 13,246. For the year, truck sales climbed 3.5 per cent to 215,247 from 207,961 in 2012.
“The great news for consumers is that 2014 will be another very competitive year in the industry and we look forward to introducing our fantastic new products,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd.