Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales dropped by 15.0 per cent in March 2009 when compared to March 2008, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers, although it is a “significant improvement” from the last few months, when sales were down in the mid-20 per cent range.
“It is hard to be positive about a month that is this negative, but March was a significant improvement over earlier months,” DesRosiers said. ” Also, be careful about the split between retail and fleet sales. We don’t have final fleet numbers yet, but some of the reporting companies tell us that fleet sales were down in the 30 to 40 per cent range in March, which would mean that retail consumer sales were likely down only in the single-digit range, rather than the 15 per cent in the total market.”
DesRosiers noted that General Motors has regained the number-one position, followed by Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda.
Sales for March were as follows:
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