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New motor vehicle sales

Statscan - The number of new motor vehicles sold in February fell 0.6% to 130,843 units. Weaker truck sales drove the decline.

Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in March increased 2%.

February truck sales down while passenger car sales rise

Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) decreased 1.5% to 73,181 units in February, a retreat from the gains in January. This marked the third decline in five months.

Passenger car sales advanced 0.4%, partially offsetting losses reported in January. Sales of overseas-built passenger cars accounted for the increase in February, rising 1.5% following two months of decline. Sales of North American-built passenger cars edged down 0.2%.

Sales down in four provinces

The number of new motor vehicles sold decreased in four provinces in February.

Sales of new motor vehicles fell 4.4% in Quebec, the fourth consecutive month of decline for this province.

Declines were also registered in New Brunswick (-6.9%), Newfoundland and Labrador (-6.5%), and Saskatchewan (-5.9%)

Sales in Ontario increased 1.4%, adding to the gains reported in January.

The region formed by British Columbia and the territories reported a 3.0% rise in sales for new motor vehicles, a second consecutive month of increased sales.

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1. Manufactured or assembled in Canada, the United States or Mexico.
2. Includes Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Note(s): Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding.

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