Ottawa, Ontario — The province may be famous for its flatness, but Saskatchewan led the way in terms of new Canadian vehicle sales this past August, according to recent stats from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC).
While the majority of provinces posted new light vehicle sales decreases in August 2022, the prairie province recorded an estimated 3.5 percent increase in sales for the month. Saskatchewan leads the Canadian new vehicle sales market year-to-date, as well; the province’s sales were down 6.8 percent for the year, compared to a nationwide decrease of 12.7 percent.
Newfoundland was also found by DAC to have outperformed the market in August with a 6.2 percent sales decrease–despite the fact that the province showed the largest year-to-date sales drop (down 20.6 percent).
Alberta noted a 7.1 percent sales decrease for August 2022, when compared to August 2021. British Columbia noted an 18.5 percent drop over the same period in 2021.
Manitoba reported a 13.5 percent decrease in sales, versus August 2021.
Ontario noted a 16.3 percent dip, despite noting the second-best year-to-date performance for 2022, across all provinces.
Quebec reported 30,027 vehicles sold–a 12.8 percent drop over August 2021.
Total new light vehicle sales across Canada settled at an estimated 126,534 units sold, down 13.9 percent from the 146,925 units sold in August of 2021.
“The overall new light vehicle sales picture continues to be disappointing at nearly all levels of granularity” commented Andrew King, Managing Partner at DAC. “However, certain regions, much like certain brands, are showing some clear signs of life.”