The following is the text of Canada’s new motor vehicles sales report for December released by Statistics Canada.
The number of new motor vehicles sold declined for a second consecutive month, down 3.0% in December to 133,146 units. Weaker sales in Ontario and Alberta accounted for the decrease.
New motor vehicle sales down in December
Chart description: New motor vehicle sales down in December Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in January 2012 increased 16% on the strength of passenger cars.
Truck sales decline in December Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) decreased 6.0% to 75,175 units in December. Truck sales were relatively stable in the second half of 2011 following an upward trend earlier in the year.
Truck sales down in December
Chart description: Truck sales down in December Passenger car sales rose 1.1% to 57,971 units. Following a downward trend that began in early 2010, sales of overseas-built passenger cars (+3.3%) rose for a fourth consecutive month. Sales of North-American built passenger cars edged down 0.2%.
Sales decrease most in Ontario and Alberta Sales were down in five provinces in December.
Ontario (-6.1%) reported the largest decrease in the number of new motor vehicles sold. This was Ontario’s first decline in five months.
Sales of new motor vehicles fell for a second consecutive month in Alberta (-6.6%). This province registered the highest growth in units sold among all provinces in 2011.
Quebec’s (+0.9%) sales of new motor vehicles advanced for the fourth month in a row. These gains offset the downward trend in sales observed in early 2011.