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Canada New motor vehicle sales up

New motor vehicle sales increased 3.5% to 133,559 units in October after rising in September. Sales of new motor vehicles have generally been increasing since the beginning of 2009, following a sharp decline at the end of 2008. 

On a year-over-year basis, October's sales were 3.2% lower than October 2008.

Preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold decreased by 7% in November.

North American-built passenger car sales drive increase

Higher sales of North American-built passenger cars contributed to most of October's increase. The 7.6% gain in sales of North American-built passenger cars was the main reason for a 5.3% rise in the number of new passenger cars sold to 68,001 units. Sales of North American-built passenger cars have been rising since the spring of 2009, following a major downturn in 2008. The number of overseas-built passenger cars sold increased by 2.3%, more than offsetting the decline in September.

Sales of new trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) rose for a fourth consecutive month, up 1.6% to 65,558 units in October.

Ontario largest contributor to October's advance

The number of new motor vehicles sold increased in eight provinces in October. Ontario (+3.8%) was the largest contributor to the advance. Sales in Ontario have increased 7 out of 10 months in 2009.

The region composed of British Columbia and the territories increased 4.5% in October, following a similar gain in September.

Sales were down in Prince Edward Island (-7.3%) and New Brunswick (-2.7%). New Brunswick's decline follows strong increases in the previous three months.
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