Canadian auto sales surpass one million


RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – For the first time, more than one million new vehicles have been sold in Canada by the midway mark of the year.

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says 1,039,068 new vehicles were sold from January through June, a five per cent increase from the same period last year.

The market research firm says auto sales in June also set a new record, with 203,486 vehicles sold, 6.5 per cent more than during the same month a year ago.

Every month so far in 2017 with the exception of April has been a record-setting month for auto sales.

Like in the past, sales of light trucks led the way, rising by 10 per cent year-over-year.

That easily offset a 0.1 per cent decline in car sales.