Monthly Archives: May 2012

Canadian automotive manufacturing shows strength in Q1 2012

The value of Canadian motor vehicle assembly shipments rose in Q1 this year to $13.66b, an increase of 6.6 percent from Q1 2011 shipments ($12.81b). Other sub-sectors showed double digit performance improvements as well, including motor vehicle parts and accessories (+17.0% YTD) and metalworking manufacturing (+25.9% YTD). It’s clear from these gains that the manufacturing […]

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Provincial Sales – April 2012

Provincial sales numbers for April 2012 are now available to all DesRosiers Automotive Reports Subscribers. Preview: With Sales under-performing at the national level it should surprise no one that some provinces under-performed as well. The biggest weakness is central Canada with Quebec followed closely by Ontario. Nova Scotia led all provinces in April sales.  If […]

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Observations – May 2012

“The Double-Edged Sword of Higher Gas Prices” “A curious phenomenon is at work today, playing on the minds of consumers and potentially validating product planning decisions taken during the recent recessionary past.”  This month’s ‘Observations’ by Dennis DesRosiers examines this exact phenomenon. The ‘double-edged sword’ of higher gas prices simultaneously curses and blesses this country’s […]

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Canadian Heavy Truck Sales up 48% in 1Q

Heavy duty truck sales have set a blistering pace thus far in 2012, with all weight classes posting double-digit YTD gains over 1Q 2011. Relative to 2011, sales of heavy duty trucks (weight classes 5 through 8 ) were up 48.4 percent in Q1 2012. A total of 10,147 units were sold through March compared […]

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Canadian Sales – April 2012

For the first time in a number of months light vehicle sales in Canada were actually down from year ago levels instead of up. And this is reflected in the SAAR with fell below 1.6 million for the first time this year. Vehicle sales in April were down by 1.4 percent. Not much of a […]

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