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November 2010 (Previous release)

The number of new motor vehicles sold in November was up 0.3% to 135,823 units. Stronger truck sales were responsible for the increase.

New motor vehicle sales up in November

Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in December decreased 5%.

Sales of trucks up while passenger car sales down

Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) increased 1.2% to 75,916 units in November, partially offsetting October's decline. Continuing a trend that began in late 2009, sales of trucks remain higher than sales of passenger cars. Purchases of trucks for both personal and commercial use have contributed to the growth of truck sales in 2010.

Truck sales exceed passenger car sales

After two consecutive months of increases, sales of passenger cars declined 0.8% to 59,907 units in November. A 2.0% decrease in sales of North American-built passenger cars was partially offset by a 0.8% increase in sales of overseas-built passenger cars. The level of sales for both North American and overseas-built passenger cars remains below the level observed in 2009.

Sales up in seven provinces

Sales of new motor vehicles increased in seven provinces in November.

The largest increase in the number of vehicles sold was in Alberta (+1.4%), the sixth increase in seven months.

Sales of new motor vehicles in Ontario rose for a third consecutive month, edging up 0.4% in November.

In New Brunswick, sales increased 4.0% in November, offsetting a decline reported in the previous month.

A sales decrease of 1.1% in Quebec did not erase the gains registered in this province over the previous two months.

Available on CANSIM: table 079-0003.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2402.

The November 2010 issue of New Motor Vehicle Sales (63-007-X, free) will be available soon.

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

For general 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.