September 15, 2009

Canadian new car sales jump up in July

New motor vehicle sales in Canada rose 5.3 percent to 126,665 units in July, with a sharp increase for North American-built vehicles.

The Statistics Canada agency said North American-built passenger cars saw a 15.1 percent monthly increase in July, the largest increase for the category since January 2008.

The number of overseas-built passenger cars sold fell 4.4 percent, a third consecutive monthly decline, the agency said.

Sales of minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses also increased by 4.3 percent to 63,640 units in July, the report said.

Regionally, sales were up in provinces, but Ontario led with a 10 percent gain in sales that accounted for two-thirds of the national total, StatsCan said.