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TORONTO (June 1, 2005) – A powerful surge in sales of the all-new Volvo S40 sports sedan and an upswing in sales of the rugged Volvo XC70 helped push total vehicle sales to 1,268 units in May, a giant 18.6 per cent increase over the 1,069 vehicles in the same month last year and the best May in the company’s history, Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. reported today.
The previous best total for the month of May was 1,228, recorded in 1974. May, 2005 was the third record month for Volvo in Canada this year.
The strong May performance brought the year-to-date total to 5,009 units, ahead 10.3 per cent from the 4,541 of the first five months of 2004.
In addition to the increase in S40 and XC70 sales, the Volvo XC90 SUV also proved popular in May, indicating strength across the model line, said Paul Cummings, president and chief executive of Volvo Canada.
“When vehicles as diverse as S40 and XC90 and selling well, we know we have the right product mix,” said Cummings. “It is the right balance of style and safety, excitement and environmental responsibility.”
Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Göteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 43 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The company’s product range includes the flagship S80 luxury sedan, the versatile V70 wagon, the S60 sports sedan, and an XC-line of vehicles that includes the rugged XC70 and the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle. For 2005, the company is introducing the completely redesigned S40 sports sedan and V50 sportswagon, providing performance for a new generation.
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