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April Activity: Canada’s April vehicle sales up 254 percent from last year’s pandemic low

Toronto, Ontario — Canadian auto sales in April were up 254 percent compared to the same time last year, when sales dropped due to lockdowns. 

Canadian auto sales totalled 162,455 units last month, up from just 45,833 units in April 2020, according to estimates by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

DesRosiers says April 2020 was one of the lowest points of last year’s Canadian auto sales, so it’s unsurprising that sales bounced back in April 2021.

The firm did note, however, that April 2021’s 1.66 million vehicle sales had slipped from the 1.91 million reported in March. 

Adding that the Canadian auto market continues to be affected by shortages in microchips used in vehicles.

Sales in May will also need to be under close examination as the vaccine rollout ramps up, while microchip shortages continue, says DesRosiers. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021.

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