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February 2011 (Previous release)

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

 New motor vehicle sales decrease in February

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%.

Truck sales decrease in February

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.

Note to readers

A new CANSIM table (079-0004: New motor vehicle sales, Canada, provinces and territories, seasonally unadjusted, annual), is now available.

Seasonally adjusted monthly figures for 2010 will be revised in the fall 2011 to equal the sum of the unadjusted estimates.

Available on CANSIM: tables 079-0003 and 079-0004.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2402.

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

Data on new motor vehicle sales for March will be released on May 13.

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.