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January 2009 (Previous release)

The number of new motor vehicles sold rose 5.5% to 119,231 units in January. Monthly sales have averaged close to 120,000 units since November 2008, whereas the average over the last three years was about 140,000 units.

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Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold fell about 2% in February.

Truck and passenger car sales both rise

Sales of new trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) were up 8.6% to 58,784 units. This did not offset the decline observed in December.

Sales of passenger cars increased 2.7% to 60,447 units in January. This growth was driven by North American-built passenger cars, which rose 3.5% after declines of around 12% in each of the previous two months.

Sales up in eight provinces

The number of new motor vehicles sold was up in eight provinces in January. Except for Prince Edward Island, the increases in January did not offset December's declines.

Lower sales were posted in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Sales in Quebec have been falling gradually since peaking in early 2008.

Available on CANSIM: table 079-0003.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2402.

The January 2009 issue of New Motor Vehicle Sales (63-007-XWE, free) will be available soon.

Data on new motor vehicle sales for February will be released on April 15.

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Table 1

New motor vehicle sales
  January 2008 December 2008r January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 December 2008 to January 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  number of vehicles % change
New motor vehicles 154,105 112,976 119,231 -22.6 5.5
Passenger cars 82,061 58,868 60,447 -26.3 2.7
North American1 53,587 34,662 35,888 -33.0 3.5
Overseas 28,474 24,206 24,559 -13.7 1.5
Trucks, vans and buses 72,044 54,108 58,784 -18.4 8.6
New motor vehicles          
Newfoundland and Labrador 3,069 2,099 2,183 -28.9 4.0
Prince Edward Island 510 393 444 -12.9 13.0
Nova Scotia 4,746 3,570 3,503 -26.2 -1.9
New Brunswick 3,299 2,766 2,856 -13.4 3.3
Quebec 40,002 31,047 30,026 -24.9 -3.3
Ontario 54,618 38,183 42,080 -23.0 10.2
Manitoba 4,361 3,532 3,753 -13.9 6.3
Saskatchewan 4,327 3,452 3,995 -7.7 15.7
Alberta 21,988 16,182 17,360 -21.0 7.3
British Columbia2 17,185 11,752 13,031 -24.2 10.9
  January 2008 December 2008r January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009  
  Unadjusted  
  number of vehicles % change  
New motor vehicles 105,546 97,164 78,812 -25.3  
Passenger cars 51,847 44,974 35,946 -30.7  
North American1 34,557 28,021 21,581 -37.5  
Overseas 17,290 16,953 14,365 -16.9  
Trucks, vans and buses 53,699 52,190 42,866 -20.2  
New motor vehicles          
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,710 1,404 1,125 -34.2  
Prince Edward Island 288 297 249 -13.5  
Nova Scotia 3,115 2,783 2,149 -31.0  
New Brunswick 2,138 2,153 1,779 -16.8  
Quebec 25,041 21,582 17,636 -29.6  
Ontario 37,288 35,481 27,732 -25.6  
Manitoba 2,949 3,317 2,430 -17.6  
Saskatchewan 2,958 3,432 2,736 -7.5  
Alberta 16,968 15,457 13,197 -22.2  
British Columbia2 13,091 11,258 9,779 -25.3  
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preliminary
Manufactured or assembled in Canada, the United States or Mexico.
Includes Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Note(s):
Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding.