Canadian Manufacturing

Auto sales down in June, but rebounding as Canadians venture out on the road

Total first half sales reached 643,604 units sold during June, down 34.3% from the previous year

July 2, 2020  The Canadian Press

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says Canadian vehicles sales remained down in June, but are starting to show signs of a rebound from COVID-19.

The consultancy company says new light vehicle sales were down by about 16% in June from a year earlier with an estimated 155,439 units sold.

DesRosiers says such numbers would usually indicate paltry performance under normal circumstances, but during the pandemic are considered a significant improvement compared to the 74.6% decrease experienced in April and 44% drop in May.

DesRosiers says June saw the first release of some of the pent-up demand for vehicles because many consumers headed back to workplaces and social spaces that put them on the road again.

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Total first half sales reached 643,604 units sold during June, down 34.3% from the previous year.

Passenger car sales hit 135,679, but light truck sales totalled 507,925 units, about 79% of total sales.


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