Richmond Hill, Ontario – New-vehicle sales dropped by 7.9 per cent in August 2009 when compared with August 2008, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. The number brings the year-to-date total down by 15.5 per cent, or almost 200,000 units.
“The overall market was down again for the tenth consecutive month, albeit by single digits,” DesRosiers said. “So I guess one could say that is an improvement from the double-digit declines through most of the past year. But understand that there is little in these numbers to indicate that things are getting better.”
Passenger cars dropped by 15.5 per cent, while light truck sales were up by 1.4 per cent. General Motors regained the number-one sales position, taking it from Ford, which ranked second. Considerable gains were made by several companies, including Audi, Hyundai, Acura, and BMW.
The sales figures for August were as follows:
|Manufacturer||August 2009||August 2008||% change|
|Light vehicles||135,351||146,978||– 7.9|
|Light trucks||66,968||66,046||+ 1.4|