OTTAWA, Ont. — In April, new motor vehicle sales by dealers were up 5.9 per cent from March, the largest monthly increase since December 1999.
This was the fifth increase in six months, with the only decline reported in February of this year. However, April sales were still 3.6 per cent short of the peak reached in September 2000, the month before sales plunged 11.2 per cent.
Dealers sold 134,372 new vehicles in April, 7,428 more than in March. This increase is attributable to sales of both new passenger cars and trucks.
Preliminary figures from the auto industry show fewer new motor vehicles sold in May, primarily because of a drop in truck sales. The statistics on trucks include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light- and heavy-duty trucks, vans and buses.
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