Category Archives: General Commentary

TPP – Implications for the Canadian Auto sector

Free trade agreements have always been an area of controversy.  While such agreements may offer potential benefits, some individual sectors can suffer.  As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement moves towards becoming a reality it is important to get a better understanding of the implications for the automotive sector in Canada. In this month’s Observations we […]

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Medium & Heavy Truck sales patterns diverge in Canada and US in Q1

U.S. medium and heavy duty truck sales from reporting companies were up 11.9 percent year-over-year (82,186 units sold in Q1 2014 vs. 73,433 units sold in Q1 2013). Canadian retail sales were down 1.3 percent year-over-year (8,394 units in Q1 2014 vs. 8,507 units in Q1 2013) Close to 70 percent of Q1 sales in […]

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Canadian Retail Motor Gasoline Consumption

Gasoline consumption, which peaked in 2011 at 39.74 million cubic metres, has observed continual high demand from Canadian consumers. Despite near record prices of motor gasoline, the 2013 year-end total of 39.51 million cubic metres represented a 2.7 percent increase over 2012. Factors that helped stimulate demand included an ever growing vehicle fleet paired alongside […]

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First Quarter Sales Trends 2014

So far 2014 has seen what appear to be some difficult trends in light vehicle sales across the country:  Six of Canada’s ten Provinces have seen sales fall in 2014 Six of Canada’s top 10 selling passenger cars have experienced sales declines in 2014 The best selling light vehicle in Canada is down more than […]

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Observations January 2014

Automotive sector employment mixed in 2013 Overall automotive sector employment was stable at 853.1 thousand workers in 2013. This represents a minor drop (-0.1 percent) over 2012’s figure of 853.8 thousand workers. While the total employment figure was stable between 2012 and 2013, there were wide variations within the sub-sectors of the automotive industry. Motor […]

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