Monthly Archives: September 2014

Automotive Employment Uncertainty

Six month automotive employment data from Stats Can’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) presents a puzzling picture.   Motor vehicle manufacturing, for example, shows a large decline at -19.8 percent, followed by parts & accessories manufacturing at -8.6 percent.  Vehicle dealers saw a relatively small decline of -3.9 percent, while automotive repair and maintenance enjoyed a remarkable […]

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August 2014 Canadian Sales

Records, records, records …. Not only did we see another all-time record in August (by our count the fifth monthly record this year) but Canada has also almost a dozen brands at or close to an all-time sales record for the month.   Interestingly all the “stars” are NOT yet “lined up” … some Western provinces […]

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August 2014 Observations

The Meteoric Rise of the Compact Utility Segment The Compact Utility segment has been the fastest growing segment within the Canadian vehicle market over the last decade. In 2004 CUV sales were only about half the volume of large pickup vehicle sales numbers. Fast forward to today, the CUV segment is the largest volume seller […]

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