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News   April 30, 2019   by Renee Montague

Canadian new car sales down significantly in March

Sales of  light vehicles were down in most areas of Canada, save for Atlantic Canada and Saskatchewan.

Overall, Canadian sales dropped 10.1% in March, but there were bright spots for a few nameplates, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. 

Honda Civic sales jumped 7.5%, solidifying the ever-popular vehicle’s top spot. The Ford Taurus claimed 10th position, with sales rising from 79 to 1,120 units for the month.

The intermediate segment—aided by the sales boost from the Ford Taurus—grew 18.6% with the luxury compact segment also outperforming the market with a 5.0% sales increase.

Sales decreases were not pervasive across Canada with four regions noting increases. Prince Edward Island was up 38.4%, followed by New Brunswick (up 10.8%), Nova Scotia (up 3.9%) and Saskatchewan (up 3.1%).

According to DesRosiers, light trucks managed to eke out positive sales with an increase of roughly 1,000 unit sales over March of 2018.  The Ford F-Series strengthened its lead against the nearest competition with an 8.1% sales increase. 

The findings are included in the data company’s most recent newsletter. 

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