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New motor vehicle sales, May 2020

Released: 2020-07-15

New motor vehicle sales declined 47.2% year over year in May, recovering slightly from the 74.6% and 48.5% declines in April and March respectively. Dealership showrooms began re-opening in May amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though physical distancing measures were put into place, such as limiting the number of customers in the showrooms at a time. Physically distant options continue to be available to Canadians as an alternative to face-to-face interactions for new motor vehicle purchases.

Trucks—an aggregate group comprising light trucks, heavy trucks and buses—declined 43.5% year over year in May, following declines of 71.8% and 45.5% in April and March. Sales of passenger cars (-56.5%) also saw a smaller decline than in April (-82.8%) and March (-57.8%).

New motor vehicle sales data for Canada and the provinces are now available for May.

The New Motor Vehicle Sales Survey collects data on monthly sales (in dollars and units) of new motor vehicles in Canada, by type of vehicle and by country or region of manufacture.

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These data are subject to revision.

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