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New vehicle sales drop in November

Published by Steve Coleman on January 16, 2012

Foreign car makers are still gaining ground on North American built vehicles, even though sales fell as a whole for November and December.

In Canada, the number of new vehicles sold in November fell one per cent to 137,640 units. Declines were recorded for both trucks and passenger vehicles.

Preliminary numbers for December say the total number of new vehicles sold fell another three percentage points, Statistics Canada says.

Trucks were the hardest hit category in November. The category, which includes trucks, buses, vans and mini-vans, saw a 1.3 per cent decrease for the month and fell to 80, 460 units for November.

The number of new passenger cars on the road fell 0.5 per cent from the previous month to 57,180 units.

North-American built vehicles felt the brunt of the decline with 1.4 per cent fewer sales. Dealerships sold one per cent more foreign-built vehicles.

Quebec and Ontario were the only two provinces to post gains in November. Quebec sales increased for the third-straight month. In November, the increase was 2.5 per cent more vehicles.

While sales were slow in Ontario and below a one per cent increase for a fourth-straight month, the numbers were still on the positive side, Statistics Canada says.

Nova Scotians were the least likely to buy a new vehicle in November. Sales fell in that province 9.9 per cent.

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