Richmond Hill, Ontario – Sales of new passenger cars and light trucks were down by 0.5 per cent overall in May, but still ranked second-best for that month, according to a report by industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Total passenger car sales were up 6.1 per cent while total light truck sales were down 8.8 per cent.
“The ‘wows’ in the U.S. auto market don’t seem to be taking hold in Canada, which is truly amazing,” DesRosiers said. “Rarely does Canada go counter cyclical to the U.S. market for any length of time, and it has now been a couple (of) years. Sales year-to-date are up 4.3 per cent and this is shaping up to be possibly the best sales year in our history, and if not the best, then one of the best.”
Sales for May 2008 are as follows:
|Manufacturer||May 2008||May 2007||Per cent change|
|Total light vehicle sales||184,467||185,471||– 0.5|
|Passenger cars||109,459||103,193||+ 6.1|
|Light truck||75,008||82,278||– 8.8|