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January 2011 (Previous release)

The number of new motor vehicles sold increased 3.2% to 131,393 units in January. Stronger truck sales accounted for the gain.

New motor vehicle sales up in January

Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in February decreased 1%.

January truck sales rise while passenger car sales decline

Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) were up 6.6% to 73,964 units in January, partially offsetting losses reported in December.

Passenger car sales were down for a third consecutive month, decreasing 1.0% to 57,429 units. Lower sales of overseas-built passenger cars (-10.4%) accounted for the decline. Sales of North American-built passenger cars rose 6.3% following two months of decreases.

 Truck sales drive increase

Sales up in eight provinces

The number of new motor vehicles sold increased in eight provinces in January.

Sales of new motor vehicles in Ontario increased 3.3%, partially offsetting losses reported in December.

Nova Scotia had the largest percentage increase in new motor vehicle sales (+11.5%), ending three consecutive months of declines.

The region formed by British Columbia and the territories reported a 3.4% rise in sales for new motor vehicles.

The number of new motor vehicles sold in Quebec remained essentially unchanged in January.

Available on CANSIM: table 079-0003.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2402.

The January 2011 issue of New Motor Vehicle Sales (63-007-X, free) will soon be available.

Data on new motor vehicle sales for February will be released on April 14.

For more information, or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-877-421-3067; 613-951-3549; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact John De Luca (613-951-8719), Distributive Trades Division.